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Milton twins lose state tennis heartbreaker

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Gazette staff
June 5, 2009
— Milton High’s doubles team of Taylor and Tyler Banh suffered a heart-breaking loss in the first round of the WIAA state tennis meet Thursday.

The Red Hawk twins fell in straight sets to Middleton’s Sam Naden and Charlie Opitz (22-7). Both sets, however, were decided by tiebreakers with the Banhs (16-7) losing 7-6 (7-3) and 7-6 (7-0).


In other Division 1 doubles action, Madison East’s Duncan Skinner and Chris Kappel knocked out Lake Geneva Badger’s Alex Chironis and Reid Solheim (19-6). The Purgolder pair prevailed 5-7, 6-1 and 13-11 in a third-set tiebreaker.


In Division 1 singles, Badger’s Augie Geldermann (16-8) bowed out in the opening round, losing a three-set match to Stevens Point’s Will Peck (21-9). The players split the first two sets, 6-2, 3-6. Gelderman lost the third-set tiebreaker, 10-4.


Badger sophomore Dean Schwefel (9-4) lost his opener to Mequon Homestead junior Alex Mattson (19-9), 6-0, 6-1.


Fort Atkinson junior Tim Hartwick (18-5) lost to Bay Port junior Kevin Lewis (24-1), 6-1, 6-0.


Area players had a much better day in Division 2 singles.


Delavan-Darien junior J.J. Collins (16-7) topped Shorewood senior Ben Schwartz (8-5) in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Collins is scheduled to play top-seeded Nick Buckley (23-2) of the Milwaukee University School at 11:30 a.m. today.


Collins’ teammate, Travis Murphy (19-3) also advanced with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 12-10 victory over Oskhosh Lourdes’ Mike Jansen (17-6). Murphy is scheduled to meet University School of Milwaukee’s Sam Walker (27-3) at noon today.


Jefferson senior Lee Olson (18-3) advanced with a 4-6, 6-0, 10-6 victory over Newman Catholic’s Patrick Mabry (17-4). Olson’s next foe is Rishi Karri (22-3). Karri, also from the Milwaukee University School, is the No. 4 seed.


In Division 2 doubles, the Edgerton senior pairing of Brek Perry and Tyler Marx (14-2) won handily with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Black River Falls juniors Sidney Mahan and Tyler Torkelson (10-4).


Edgerton seniors Ben Fuder and Chad Prater (20-4) dropped their opening-round match to Kenosha St. Joseph’s Harry Feuerbach and Ryan Aschenbrenner (5-3), 7-6, (7-2), 6-1.



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