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La Follette fights off Craig tennnis team

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Gazette Staff
April 23, 2008
— Madison La Follette has been a tough place for Janesville Craig High School’s boys tennis team.

That didn’t change Tuesday. The Lancers defeated the Cougars, 4-3, to drop Craig to 1-2 in the Big Eight.


“I challenged the players to play with their heart today,” Craig coach Gary Hallowell said. “Usually when we play La Follette, we have a falling off in effort. That obviously didn’t happen here today. They pushed La Follette to the limit.”


The deciding match turned out to be at No. 1 doubles, where La Follette’s Steve Amend and Truman Summ edged Doug Johnson and Ben Timblin, 7-5, 7-5.


“They had a 6-5 lead and broke our serve,” Hallowell said. “That’s kind of the story of the match. We couldn’t hold serve.”


Craig’s Ben Tanko won a difficult match at No. 4 singles with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 victory over Aaron Phier.


“Ben was actually down two set points in the first set,” Hallowell said. “He came through in the clutch.”


Craig hosts a quadrangular Saturday that starts at 9 a.m. on both the Craig and Palmer Park courts.


LA FOLLETTE 4, CRAIG 3


Singles—Mike Schinder (ML) def. Chris Matteson, 6-1, 6-2; Elliott Nelson (ML) def. Jace Fenton, 6-0, 6-0; Tim Poellmann (ML) def. Steve Nickelson, 6-1, 6-3; Ben Tanko (JC) def. Aaron Phier, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.


Doubles—Steve Amend-Truman Summ (ML) def. Doug Johnson-Ben Timblin, 7-5, 7-5; David Jacowski-Bryan Stevens (JC) def. Jake Amend-Attius Jaimaillo, 6-3, 6-4; Ike Neher-Stewart Winter (JC) def. Kyle Gallagher-Schmitch-Sam Burnner, 6-0, 6-2.


Junior varsity—Craig 5, La Follette 2.



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