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Middleton drops Parker tennis team

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Gazette Staff
May 1, 2008
— Janesville Parker got strong play from a revamped lineup but not a victory in Big Eight boys tennis here Wednesday.

Middleton topped the Vikings, 7-0, to go 4-0 in the conference.


“Middleton is a real tough team, and our No. 1 doubles team had a real good match,’’ Parker coach Mike Fuhrmann said of Nick Gilbank and Jason Knutson, who played No. 1 and 3 singles in the Vikings’ 4-3 loss to Madison La Follette on Tuesday. “They took on the best and played well.’’


Jon Mahvi and Ken Szulczewski were 6-4, 6-2 winners over Gilbank and Knutson. Mitch Curless moved up from No. 2 to No. 1 singles for Parker and lost 6-0, 6-1 to Robbie Kutchin.


Matt Knutson moved over from doubles to No. 4 singles for Parker and made a strong showing in 6-2, 6-3 loss to Joe Shmigelski.


“Knutson hit the ball well and stayed with his man,’’ Fuhrmann said.


Parker (0-4) will be looking for the same staying power today at Madison West.


MIDDLETON 7, PARKER 0


Singles—Robbie Kutchin (M) def. Mitch Curless, 6-0, 6-1; Ryan Bender (M) def. Ethan Zillmer, 6-1, 6-1; Ryan Thomsen (M) def. Travis Wood, 6-0, 6-2; Joe Shmigelski (M) def. Matt Knutson, 6-2, 6-3.


Doubles—Jon Mahvi-Ken Szulczewski (M) def. Nick Gilbank-Jason Knutson, 6-4, 6-2; Ian Markson-Adam Desouky (M) def. Kyle Walker-John Zillmer, 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Gilbertson-Patrick Loithinger (M) def. Ken Konkol-Jake Lewis, 6-0, 6-1.



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