Bearcats finish third at McCook
     2016-09-02      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen Gering’s Brock Parker returns a shot during the Scottsbluff Tennis Triangular held Aug. 25. 
A day after an Aug. 25 triangular win over Gering and Alliance, the Scottsbluff boy’s tennis team was in Lexington for a dual, followed the next day by the McCook Invitational.

Coming off the win over Lexington, the Bearcats finished third at McCook with 34 points. The score was just four points out of first, as the home McCook Bison took the tournament with 38.

Holdrege was in second at McCook with a 35. Lexington came in fourth with a team score of 18, with Gering in fifth with 5 points.

Scottsbluff’s No. 2 doubles team Gunnar Buchhammer and Mason Ramig placed first at McCook, taking an exciting first round tiebreaker over the home Bison, 9-8 (9-7). That was followed up with an 8-1 second round win over Gering.

Ramig and Buchhammer got another tiebreaker win over Lexington, 9-8 (8-6), before losing 8-5 to Holdrege in the last round.

Scottsbluff’s No. 1 doubles team of Soren Mercer-Smith and Brady Sindt also posted a 3-1 record. The duo took an 8-4 win over McCook, 8-2 over Gering and 8-2 over Lexington, before taking an 8-3 loss to Holdrege.

In singles action for Scottsbluff, No. 1 Sam McCaslin went 3-1 on the day. After a 8-3 loss to McCook, he strung together three wins: 8-0 over Gering, 8-4 over Lexington, and 9-7 over Holdrege.

Scott Herman, at the No. 2 singles spot for Scottsbluff, posted one win over Gering, 8-3.

“For right now, I think both the doubles teams will stay the same,” said Head Coach Maddie Johnson. “Sam is pretty much set at No. 1 singles, but we should have a couple of players challenging for the No. 2 position.”

She said that Scott Herman played really well despite not having all the experience some of the other players have. “The No. 2 spot is tough to play in as they’re very consistent. Scott has played JV the past two years.”

Coach Johnson said the team was beaten not by performance, but by points. If they had been able to take their third doubles team, they might have placed second or first.

Gering, whose team is mostly underclassmen, got most of its points from Tyler Tjaden at No. 1 singles, who posted an 8-4 win over Lexington.

“It was a good start to the season, although I would have liked to see some more wins,” said Gering Coach Justin Reinmuth. “We’re hoping to build on the wins we had and come out with some good strategies as the season goes along.”

Reinmuth said this was a “weird” year for them after a lot of the Bulldog starters graduated last year and they’re rebuilding from there.

Boys’ tennis season got off to a fast start for Scottsbluff and Gering as both teams met in a triangular event with Alliance on Aug. 25 on the Scottsbluff courts.

Scottsbluff won their triangular, topping Alliance 8-1 and getting by Gering 6-3. Alliance has the other win on the day, 6-3 over Gering.

“It was good to get to play some matches,” Scottsbluff Coach Johnson said. “It was a good start for us going unbeaten on the day.”

Scottsbluff’s Brady Sindt and Soren Mercer-Smith both posted singles victories before teaming up at doubles to post an 8-1 win over Gering’s Dyson Dollarhide and Mark Karpf. They also blanked Alliance’s Trajan Garcia and Jake Ackerman by an 8-0 score.

Bearcat players Gunnar Buchhammer and Mason Ramig both won their singles matches before teaming up for two doubles wins. The team was an 8-1 winner over Gering’s Tyler Tjaden and Brock Parker, and an 8-3 winner over Alliance’s Preston Pohlman and Caden Dean.

Next action for Scottsbluff is Sept. 2 at home against Gillette. The next day, the Bearcats host the Scottsbluff Invite. The Gering squad will also be there.

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