Big Foot/Williams Bay's Lynch, Edgerton doubles team qualify for state
Edgerton senior Joe Kronforst and Jefferson junior Lee Olson fell short here Wednesday in their bids to return to the WIAA Division 2 boys state tennis tournament, but it wasn’t a shutout for area schools in the Whitewater Sectional.
While the two Flight 1 singles players fell in the quarterfinals, Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay senior Spencer Lynch (19-6) earned a state berth with a third-place finish in that flight.
Edgerton also qualified its Flight 1 doubles team of Ben Fuder and Chad Prater (17-5) with a four-place finish.
Madison Edgewood dominated the sectional with 42 points to gain a berth in the state team tournament. The Crusaders also qualified Flight 1 singles champion Jack Cullen (20-4) and two sectional champion doubles teams for the state individual tournament.
Lynch locked up his state berth with a 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal win over Portage junior Chris Zimmerman. After a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 loss to eventual runner-up Matthew Belio of Fond du Lac Springs in the semifinals, the Southern Lakes Conference runner-up defeated Watertown Luther Prep junior Scott Henrich, 6-2, 6-3, in the third-place match.
Fuder and Prater, both juniors, qualified with a 6-1, 6-0 quarterfinal win over Hartland University Lake juniors Mark Ditkof and Preston Haas in the quarterfinals. The Crimson Tide team lost to eventual runners-up Derek Bruesch and Peter Winterhack of Waupun in the semifinals.
Edgerton barely missed qualifying its previously unbeaten Flight 2 doubles team of Brek Perry and Tyler Marx (21-1). The Tide juniors knocked off Parker Phillips and Mason Klein of St. John’s Northwestern, 6-3, 6-0, before losing the championship match to Edgewood’s Patrick Lagman and Danny Meicher, 6-4, 6-3.
Kronforst, who battled back this spring from knee injury that sidelined him the entire basketball season, dropped a 6-1, 7-6 decision to Belio in the quarterfinals. That left Kronforst with a 16-4 record after reaching the second round of last year’s state tournament.
Olson, who also advanced to last year’s second round at state, fell to 20-4 for the season with a 7-5, 6-3 loss to Henrich.
The sectional’s top four Flight 1 singles and doubles players and Flight 2 champions will compete next weekend at Nielsen Stadium in Madison. The state meet’s first-round matches are Thursday.
The state team tournament is June 6-7, also at Nielsen.
WIAA DIVISION 2 BOYS TENNIS
(Champion qualifies for state)
Madison Edgewood 42, Fond du Lac Springs 29, Monroe 25, Hartland University Lake 23, McFarland 18, Jefferson 15, Edgerton 12, Watertown Luther Prep 12, Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay 11, Waupun 11; St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy 7, Portage 6, East Troy 2, Kewaskum 2, Union Grove 0, Whitewater 0, Wayland Academy 0, Ripon 0.
INDIVIDUAL STATE QUALFIERS
Edgewood, 1 singles, 2 doubles; Springs, 2 singles; Big Foot/Williams Bay, 1 singles; Edgerton, 1 doubles; Monroe, 1 doubles; Luther Prep, 1 singles; Waupun, 1 doubles.
(Top 4 qualify for state)
Quarterfinals—Jack Cullen (Mad Ed) def. Will Villavicencio (Hart UL), 6-2, 6-2; Scott Henrich (WLP) def. Lee Olson (J), 7-5, 6-3; Spencer Lynch (BF/WB) def. Chris Zimmerman (Port), 6-3, 6-2; Matthew Belio (Fond S) def. Joe Kronforst (Edg), 6-1 7-6 (7-4).
Semifinals—Cullen (Mad Ed) def. Henrich (WLP), 6-4, 6-4; Belio (Fond S) def. Lynch (WBF), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Finals—Title: Cullen (Mad Ed) def. Belio (Fond S), 6-4, 6-3. Third: Lynch (BF/WB) def. Henrich (WLP), 6-2, 6-3.
(Champion qualifies for state)
Semifinals—Kyle Kubicek (McF) def. Tomi Held (Hart UL), 6-1, 6-3; Jason Alexander (Fond S) def. Tim Schuld (J), 6-3, 6-3.
Finals—Title: Alexander (Fond S) def. Kubicek (McF), 6-0, 7-6. Third: Schuld (J) def. Held (Hart UL), 6-3, 7-5.
Semifinals—Yianni Glausio (Hart UL) def. Eric Krause (J), 6-3, 6-3; Matt Wilson (Mad Ed) def. Seth Duarte (Waup), 6-4, 7-5.
Finals—Title: Wilson (Mad Ed) def. Glausio (Hart UL), 6-0, 6-0. Third: Duarte (Waup) def. Krause (J), 7-5, 6-1.
Semifinals—Dan Becker (Mon) def. Mitchell Christiansen (Fond S), 6-4, 6-4; Yunhui Zhao (McF) def. Quinn Dolan (Hart UL), 6-3, 6-4.
Finals—Title: Zhao (McF) def. Becker (Mon), 6-3, 6-3. Third: Dolan (Hart UL) def. Christiansen (Fond S), 6-4, 6-2.
(Top 4 qualify for state)
Quarterfinals—Dirk VanRybroek-Phil Paradise (Mad Ed) def. Mike Baen-Nate Fredrick (Port), 6-1, 6-0; Matt Turek-Levi Janssens (Mon) def. Nicholas Pierce-Jose Lopez Moeller (St. J NW), 6-3, 6-2; Ben Fuder-Chad Prater (Edg) def. Mark Ditkoff-Preston Haas (Hart UL), 6-1, 6-0; Derek Bruesch-Peter Winterhack (Waup) def. Ryan Fahrnow-Kyual Cribben (BF/WB), 6-2. 6-4.
Semifinals—Van Rybroek-Paradise (Mad Ed) def. Turek-Janssens (Mon), 6-1, 6-1; Bruesch-Winterhack (Waup) def. Fuder-Prater (Edg), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Finals—Title: Van Rybroek-Paradise (Mad Ed) def. Bruesch-Winterhack (Waup), 6-1, 6-0. Third: Turek-Janssens (Mon) def. Fuder-Prater (Edg), 6-2, 6-3.
(Champion qualifiers for state)
Semifinals—Brek Perry-Tyler Marx (Edg) def. Parker Phillips-Mason Klein (St. J NW), 6-3, 6-0; Patrick Lagman-Danny Meicher (Mad Ed) def. Mike Kurek-J.P. Voight (Fond S), 6-1, 6-1.
Finals—Title: Lagman-Meicher (Mad Ed) def. Perry-Marx (Edg), 6-4, 6-3. Third: Phillips-Klein (St. J NW) def. Kurek-Voight (Fond S), 6-4, 6-0.
Semifinals—Tim Morgan-Scott Wilson (Mad Ed) def. David Marquardt-Brandon Hauch (WLP), 6-4, 6-4; Nick Hendrickson-Trevor Arn (Mon) def. Dustin Birschbach-David Mielke (Fond S), 6-2, 6-3.
Finals—Title: Hendrickson-Arn (Mon) def. Morgan-Wilson (Mad Ed), 6-4, 6-4. Third: Birschbach-Mielke (Fond S) def. Marquardt-Hauch (WLP), 6-0, 7-5.