|Bearcats tennis takes third at North Platte|
|September 17, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Coming off a 7-2 dual win over North Platte in boys’ tennis last Friday, Scottsbluff placed third among the 10-team field at Saturday’s North Platte Invitational.
Kearney won the event with 52 team points. Grand Island was runner-up with 46. Scottsbluff took third with 35 team points. Fourth went to host North Platte with 33 and Holdrege was fifth with 28. In sixth was Lexington, posting 21 team points. Seventh went to McCook with 20 points. Gering placed eighth with 17 points. Both Alliance and Hastings had nine points each for the last two spots.
“I thought the team was very mentally tough throughout the day on Saturday,” said Scottsbluff head Coach Maddie Johnson. “They all had set goals for themselves and as a team.”
Scottsbluff had two positions placing in third at the invite. No. 1 singles Soren Mercer-Smith and the No. 1 doubles team of Brad Sindt and Owen Parra.
Sam McCaslin at No. 2 singles posted a fourth place finish and the team of Patrick Madden and Conner Muhr at No. 2 doubles came in ninth.
“We hope to build upon this great early start heading into the next few invites,” Coach Johnson said. “I think if we keep improving and working hard, we will be in a great place heading into GNAC and then into State.”
Jason Doll, the No. 1 singles player for the Gering Bulldogs, finished in fifth and teammate Luis Hernandez placed seventh at No. 2 singles.
For Gering’s doubles teams, No. 1 Grant Maser and Josh Wilson finished in eighth. The No. 2 team of Josh Parra and Tyler Tjaden ended up the 10th spot.
“North Platte is probably the toughest invite for us because we play a lot of larger Class A schools,” said Gering Coach Justin Reinmuth. “We had some really good matches and also some disappointments. Jason went into a tiebreaker with North Platte. If he won that one, he’d face Soren from Scottsbluff for third.”
Reinmuth added some of his younger players also did well. The No. 1 doubles team of Maser and Wilson pulled out a couple of wins in a string of very close matches.
“I think we’re improving and to get that level of competition going into our next invite is definitely a bonus,” he said. “
Both Gering and Scottsbluff will be in Lexington Friday for the Lexington Invitational.