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Tennis Teams Have Early-Season Success

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Boys tennis teams from Woodstock high schools are off to a strong start this season. 

Woodstock North’s Brandon Langreck plays at No. 1 singles for the Thunder against Johnsburg April 4. The Thunder won 6-1. Independent Photo by Michelle KrengerThe Woodstock North High School Thunder, at 2-2 on the season, beat Kishwaukee River Conference rival Johnsburg 6-1 at home April 4. 

“It was a good win for us over Johnsburg.  The team is improving with each match,” said head coach Judy Roller. 

The Thunder swept the competition at Marengo 7-0 April 6. They fell to Carmel 1-6 at home April 7 and tied for first in the Hampshire Varsity Invite April 8. 

The Woodstock High School Blue Streaks are undefeated this season at 3-0. 

The Streaks swept KRC rival Marengo 7-0 at home April 4. Austin Ellegood, a WHS senior doubles player, competes against Marengo April 4. Independent Photo by Ken Farver

No. 1 singles Adam Boyle won 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 singles Cullen Brown won 2-0 (player retired second set). No. 3 singles Nelson Maya won 6-1, 6-0. 

In doubles play, No. 1 team Austin Ellegood and Chris Carzoli won 6-2, 6-0. No. 2 doubles Noah Robey and Ian Dawdy won 6-1, 6-0. No. 3 doubles Andrew Gippert and Spencer Zanck won 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 doubles Zach Hardin and Sam Hughes won 6-0, 6-0.

Another KRC rival, Johnsburg, was up next for the Streaks at home April 6, winning 6-1.

No. 1 singles Boyle won 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. No. 2 singles Jax Obenchain won 6-2, 6-1. No. 3 singles Brown won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. 

No. 1 doubles Ellegood and Carzoli lost 6-4, 4-6, 1-6. No. 2 doubles Robey and Dawdy won 6-1, 6-4. No. 3 doubles Gippert and Gio Gonzales won 6-2, 6-0. No. 4 doubles Hardin and Hughes won 6-1, 6-0. 

The Streaks moved to 3-0 on the season after defeating Round Lake 7-0 April 7 at home. 

No. 1 singles Boyle won 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). No. 2 singles Obenchain won 6-0, 5-7, 6-2. No. 3 singles Brown won 6-3, 6-4. 

No. 1 doubles Ellegood and Carzoli won 6-1, 6-2. No. 2 doubles Robey and Dawdy won 6-3, 6-2. No. 3 doubles Gippert and Zanck won 6-2, 6-0. No. 4 doubles Hardin and Hughes won 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4. 

Head coach Jacob Porter said his players have been working hard on fundamentals and strategy and that their hard work is paying off.

“We are excited to be in a new conference this year and look forward to competing for a conference championship,” Porter said. 

“We have a good number of returning players at the senior and junior level. Adam Boyle has continued to make strides at No. 1 singles, and we have a couple doubles teams that will battle all season for our first spot.” 

Marian Central Catholic is at 5-0 on the season and has nearly swept every opponent. 

On April 6, the Hurricanes defeated East Suburban Catholic Conference rival St. Patrick at home 5-0. 

No. 1 singles Michael Dowling won 6-2, 6-2. No. 2 singles Ian Brzeski won 6-1, 6-1. No. 1 doubles Connor Pivnicka and Sam Reckamp won 7-5, 6-1. No. 2 doubles Cade Seegers and Charlie Reyes won 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). No. 3 doubles Patrick Struttman and Christian Fernandez won 6-1, 6-1. 

The ’Canes traveled to Johnsburg April 7 and swept 7-0.

No. 1 singles Dowling won 6-0, 6-2. No. 2 singles Brzeski won 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles Treyson Diedrich won 6-4, 6-3. 

In doubles, No. 1 Pivnicka and Reckamp won 6-4, 6-3. No. 2 doubles Seegers and Reyes won 6-1, 6-4. No. 3 doubles Struttman and Fernandez won 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 doubles Michael Cronin and Ryan Grossman won 6-0, 6-0.

“We have had great success so far as a team. It is still early in the season. We practice hard and it has paid off with a strong start. I emphasize to my players every practice it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. We will continue to work hard,” Marian Coach Craig Greenwald said.