Gering, Scottsbluff netters prep for state competition
     2012-10-15      By Terry Gaston   
David vs. Goliath might not exemplify the battle that the first-year Gering boys’ tennis team faces in the Class B State Tournament, which takes place Thursday and Friday at the Nebraska Tennis Center in Lincoln.

The same could be said for the six players who will represent Scottsbluff.

Nevertheless, the two delegations to the state tournament from Scotts Bluff County will accept the tall challenge each entry faces, though to their fortune only one entry for each school will take on a seeded opponent.

In No. 1 singles, Scottsbluff junior Alex Harbach will take on College View Academy sophomore Jonathan Deemer, the No. 12 seed at 15-5 on the season. Gering junior Brian Doll faces York senior Creighton Loreman in the first round.

Also in No. 1 singles, Alliance senior Keagan Hill, who beat both Harbach and Doll in the Gering Triangular on Sept. 25, is the No. 10 seed at 21-4 and faces Waverly freshman Seth Howe in first-round play.

At No. 2 singles, Gering freshman Jason Doll faces Adams Central senior Zane Nelson, the No. 9 seed. Scottsbluff sophomore faces a familiar competitor in conference foe Tristan Thomas, a senior from McCook.

No. 1 doubles action matches Scottsbluff sophomore Sean Mercer-Smith and Bearcat senior Traver Pettijohn against College View Academy seniors Curtis Moseley and Tyler Matthews. For Gering, juniors Vincent Moreno and Anthony Ramirez will face Elkhorn seniors Caden Bischof and Sawyer Nietfeld.

In No. 2 doubles, Gering junior Noah Miller and sophomore Alex Lupher will take on the Adams Central pair of senior Grant Ostrander and junior Garrett Moller. Scottsbluff freshman Blake Wilberger and junior Logan Woodward will face York sophomores Logan Cobb and Hayden Sandall.

Elkhorn South has No. 1 seeds in senior Nikita Fomichev (24-1) at No. 1 singles, sophomore Zahler Zandt (21-3) at No. 2 singles, and senior Alec Lubben and junior Patrick Thomas (17-1) at No. 1 doubles.

South has the No. 5 seeded team in No. 2 doubles, where Lincoln Pius X senior Davis Warner and sophomore Adam Olson (18-9) are the top seeds.

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