Local tennis teams return from state tourney
     2014-05-29      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Both Scottsbluff and Gering girls’ tennis teams performed well at the state tournament last week, but were unable to make it past the first day of competition.

Sophomore Zoe Holscher, the standout at No. 1 singles for Scottsbluff, made it through the first two rounds. She defeated Emily Wright of Beatrice 6-0, 6-1, and then Mary Heng of York by 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarter-final round before losing to Michelle Messbarger of Kearney Catholic.

No. 2 singles Christina Villarreal lost to Madi Schwenka of Hastings St. Cecilia, 7-6 (7-0), 4-6, and 4-6.

Scottsbluff’s No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Sarah Cloud and Stacea Pauli lost to North Platte’s Tanis Sack and Kristen Wullschleger by a 3-6, 6-2, 5-7 score.

At No. 2 doubles, Makayla Castro and Rachel Madden lost to Hastings St. Cecelia Claire Hamburger and Morgan Nikkila, 4-6, 1-6.

“I think our team performed well as a whole,” Coach Cassie Behnke said. The No. 2 doubles team really surprised their competition by taking the first two games. That really showed me how hard they’ve worked the whole season.”

Behnke also said her two sophomore standouts, Zoe Holscher and Christina Villarreal, both competed at a high level. Villarreal won her first game, then forced a tiebreaker, before dropping the last two games.

Holscher made it to the quarter-finals, where she faced Michelle Messbarger of Kearney Catholic. Behnke said the loss wasn’t a reflection of her play. “Michelle is an incredible tennis player and was just more consistent that day.”

Scottsbluff ends its 2014 girls’ tennis campaign with a 7-7 dual record. “These girls put together one of the most successful seasons in my six-year coaching career,” Behnke said. “I give them all the credit for putting in the extra effort and hard work to compete at a higher level.”

For the Gering Lady Bulldogs, Katie Collins lost her No. 1 singles match to Kendra McGinnis of Nebraska City by a 6-2, 6-4 score. At No. 2 singles, Kaitlyn Wagoner fell 6-1, 6-0 to Hannah Knapp of Hastings, who was seeded third in the tournament.

Gering’s Savannah Walker and Samantha Gutherless faced Alexandra Goossen and Danielle Havekost of Beatrice for their opening No. 1 doubles match and were defeated 6-1, 6-4. And Gering’s No. 2 doubles team of Marlee Lupher and Carolyn Howton were blanked 6-0, 6-0 by Kathleen Bartunek and Sydney Landell of Hastings.

“I was hoping for more wins than we got, but we competed well,” said Gering Coach Justin Reinmuth. Savannah Walker and Samantha Gutherless played a tough match at No. 1 doubles against Beatrice but were unable to come away with the win. This was their first competition on an indoor court and they really liked that.”

Reinmuth said the program is still very young, so he plans for much more success in the future. “I really enjoyed the season and will miss the seniors,” he added. “We should have about 20 kids coming out next year, so hopefully we’ll have lots of good players for the next season.”

Share this story on Facebook
LOGIN or REGISTER for exclusive access to premium content

Good Evening friend!
Recently Read Sports
1210Local tennis teams return from state tourney
960Super Hero Race a super success
960Bulldogs return 10 starters, eye state performance
712Learning from the loss: Gering, Scottsbluff finding good in season’s end
960Gering basketball boys continue to dominate court
780WNCC volleyball earns No. 7 seed, will play Arizona Western in first round
960Gering has eight victories at Mitchell track meet
1209Scottsbluff Bearcats golf team
994WNCC women's basketball team go 3-0 at Colby tourney
961Gering girls top Alliance, 51-31
993Scottsbluff slips past Hastings in 21-13 thriller
528Gering eighth grade boys trounce Sidney
961Bulldogs get new football coach
930Bulldog, Bearcat softball teams ready for district action
964Area track athletes bounce back from bad weather
829Scottsbluff handles Alliance, 34-0 Bearcats qualify for state playoffs
964Gering girls, Scottsbluff boys win in doubleheader
1632A league of their own: Gering Organized Baseball
1026Seacats make waves at home
678Mud volleyball tournament ends another successful year
Most Read Sports 2012
3931Mitchell track off to a strong start
3811Morrill baseball back in business
3214Rivals make good friends, better training partners
3002Mendoza spirit lives on in softball tournament
2940Gering wrestling builds on experience
2845Bulldogs basketball ready to run Class B gauntlet
2650Raising the bar high
2608Gering resident lives his dream
2607Gering breaks two records at Chadron: Track season gets underway at Chadron Indoor Meet
2590Kizzire and Kautz take first place
2585All Points West: Time to get tough Huskers
2494All Points West: We’ll miss 2016 seniors
2418Doing the heavy lifting
2382Basketball girls hungry for more wins
2332Cougars clench 18th straight Region IX title
2318Gering girls’ soccer team creating team first attitude
2281Beam to golf at Midland
2255Sterkel Colorado bound, inks with Rangers
2143Morrill Lions move to eight-man offers opportunity
2089New Bayard coach looks for productive season
Most Read Sports 2011
3931Mitchell track off to a strong start
3811Morrill baseball back in business
3214Rivals make good friends, better training partners
3002Mendoza spirit lives on in softball tournament
2940Gering wrestling builds on experience
2845Bulldogs basketball ready to run Class B gauntlet
2650Raising the bar high
2608Gering resident lives his dream
2607Gering breaks two records at Chadron: Track season gets underway at Chadron Indoor Meet
2590Kizzire and Kautz take first place
2585All Points West: Time to get tough Huskers
2494All Points West: We’ll miss 2016 seniors
2418Doing the heavy lifting
2382Basketball girls hungry for more wins
2332Cougars clench 18th straight Region IX title
2318Gering girls’ soccer team creating team first attitude
2281Beam to golf at Midland
2255Sterkel Colorado bound, inks with Rangers
2143Morrill Lions move to eight-man offers opportunity
2089New Bayard coach looks for productive season
Platte Valley Companies
Fresh Foods
American Legacy
Spectrum Photo
Kendell Henderson
= = = Platte Valley Companies' = = =
Sports Page

Check out the
Gering Bulldogs on