Saturday, June 4, 2011
Whitefish Bay senior Jack Larsen's state run ends with a bout of cramps and Dan Niquet for the second straight year. University School's Andrew Hwang claims gold in Division 2.
It's hard to fault Jack Larsen for thinking 2011 was finally the year that he was going win the WIAA state tennis tournament. After two straight trips to the semifinals, Larsen had lost just five games in his three-match march through Friday’s competition. But Larsen’s run came to an end Saturday morning, falling for the second straight year to Milwaukee Marquette sophomore Damon Niquet at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. “I was feeling really confident and had the momentum on my side,” Larsen said. “I was thinking today was my lucky day, but I guess not.” Last year Larsen was leading 6-4, 5-4 in his second set against Niquet, but was forced to injury default due to cramps. Playing a year later in even warmer conditions, Larsen got …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Brookfield East junior Ben Klein and sophomore Tim Corwin both made waves Friday, while Andrew Denu and Kevin Schmidt of Brookfield Central moved on to the semifinals of doubles competition.
It was hard to miss the grin on Brookfield East boys tennis coach Linda Lied. Though the Spartans failed to advance a singles player or doubles team into Saturday’s semifinals, both Ben Klein and Tim Corwin enjoyed deep runs at the WIAA individual state tennis tournament Friday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. “Ben’s play was a huge boost for our team competition next week,” Lied said. “He is really starting to get comfortable at Nielsen. And Tim has really become a team leader for us as a nurturer.” Competing in his first state tournament, Corwin entered the competition an undefeated 21-0 and kept that streak alive for the first three rounds. The Spartans sophomore came out of the gates slowly on Friday, needing a three-set …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wauwatosa East senior Nick Skanavis dusts off Nicolet freshman Sam Berman in opening round; other area players start well.
Though Wauwatosa East won’t be joining the festivities next week at the WIAA team state tennis tournament, coach Glen Slonac has plenty of reasons to smile about the performance of his squad. Slonac’s Red Raiders picked up opening-round victories from Nick Skanavis in singles and the pairing of Leon Gilman and Tracy Johnson in doubles at in the opening round of the state individual tennis tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison on Thursday. “Nick showed a lot of consistency and served well, which are things he will need to do (Friday),” Slonac said. “(Gilman and Johnson) had a tough matchup against a well coached team so they needed to play their best tennis.” Skanavis looked cool and collected on the court against freshman Sam …
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Brookfield East edges Brookfield Central for berth in state finals.
Brookfield East edged Brookfield Central 50-45 on total points to advance to the WIAA boys tennis state team tournament in Madison in mid-June. Thursday's Greendale Sectional was played at the Helfaer Recreation Center at Marquette University due to the windy weather.
East edged Central for tennis crown; both post strong performances in track sectional
Thursday, May 26, 2011
By winning three of the four singles flights, Brookfield East edged Brookfield Central 50-45 in total points to capture the Greendale Boys Tennis Sectional on Thursday at Marquette University. East's flight winners were Tim Corwin at No. 2 singles, Felix Corwin at No. 3 singles and Michael Amato at No. 4 singles. Dan Mackett and Cal Hilkert also teamed up to win at No. 2 doubles. The Spartans play in the WIAA state team tournament in Madison June 10-11. Their quarterfinal opponent is Kenosha Tremper. Central's Michael Treis won the No. 1 singles flight and Andrew Denu and Kevin Schmidt captured the No. 1 singles flight. Both will advance to the state singles and doubles tournament, respectively, June 2-4. More local players will fill out …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Senior beats The Prairie School's Stark for the third time this season as the Wildcats roll to team sectional title
Andrew Hwang and James Stark have been seeing a lot of each other this spring. And if things go as planned, the two will meet again in the state finals of the WIAA Division 2 tennis tournament. Hwang, a senior at the University School of Milwaukee, and Stark, a senior at The Prairie School in Racine, put on a show at the Pleasant Valley Tennis Center in Jackson on Wednesday. Hwang lost the first set, 4-6, but came back to defeat Stark 6-1, 6-2, to win the No. 1 singles flight in the Brown Deer Sectional tournament. The tournament was moved indoors because of rain. “It was a great match,” University School of Milwaukee coach Russ Trimble said. “Andrew was up 4-1, but you can’t relax against James Stark. He had a lull there, but he came back…
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A video roundup of the week in prep sports
State tournament season is upon us, beginning this week with track and field, golf and tennis. Monday's track regionals saw the typical strong performances from the Brookfield East, Brookfield Central and Hamilton, both on the boys and girls side. Tosa West's girls won the West Allis Hale regional and but they'll go up against the Brookfield/Hamilton contingent at Thursday's Waukesha North Sectional. Boys tennis teams are in subsectional and sectional play this week; Nicolet and Whitefish Bay should be favorites down in Greenfield and Patch will be there. University School starts the march to a sixth consecutive state title in the Brown Deer Sectional. Patch will have coverage of Wednesday's event. And golf teams get going with their …
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Whitefish Bay, Nicolet and Brookfield East face the best in the Midwest and find the going tough.
What started as an incredible opportunity ended simply as an early learning experience for many Patch-area boys tennis teams on Saturday. Despite having normally possessing some of the best talent in the state, Brookfield East, Nicolet and Whitefish Bay all dropped their opening matches and were quickly left battling on the lower half of the bracket at the annual New Trier Invitational, hosted this year by Marquette High School. Brookfield East rebounded the best after its early loss, finishing fifth in the eight-team tournament. Nicolet and Bay finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while New Trier, IL, knocked off Saint Xavier of Louisville, KY, for the title. The invite always boasts some of the area’s top talent, and this year was …