A crosstown tennis matchup between the Woodstock Blue Streaks and Woodstock North Thunder came down to the very last set, with WHS earning a narrow 4-3 victory April 18 at WNHS.
“While we’ve beaten every team in conference play so far, we respect every team and know we have to continue playing solidly to win again,” said first-year WHS coach Jacob Porter. “I would like that trend to continue through the conference tournament. Our players know that they have to continue to put work in and play their best tennis.”
For the Streaks, Cullen Brown won in singles play. The doubles teams of Austin Ellegood and Chris Carzoli, Andrew Gippert and Andrew Ahmeti, and Noah Robey and Ian Dawdy also were victorious.
For the Thunder, singles players Brandon Langreck and Alfredo Balleno topped their crosstown competition. The doubles team of Collin McClurg and Nick Phillips also won.
WNHS’ Alec Molve made up one- half of the Thunder’s No. 1 doubles team, along with Andrew Dort, for the past three years. In the first week of practice this season, Molve was injured. He’s out for the season after having shoulder surgery.
“It is difficult when you lose one of your top players to keep on going and try your best. The team has pulled through and has rallied around that loss,” said coach Judy Roller.
Marian Central Catholic High School placed first at the Prairie Ridge Invite, beating five other teams for the title April 22.
Ian Brzeski took first in singles over Michael Dowling, who finished second in the championship game. The doubles team of Connor Pivnicka and Sam Reckamp finished fourth.
“The tournament this weekend … shows that as a team our hard work in practice has been paying off,” said coach Craig Greenwald. “This is my first year coaching the boys and I am amazed at their dedication, hard work and willingness to learn and try new things. This weekend was the best I have seen them play.”
WHS is 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Kishwaukee River Conference. WNHS is 3-6 overall and is 3-1 in the KRC. Marian Central is 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.