Scottsbluff takes third at home tennis invite
     2016-09-09      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Hosting six other schools on Sept. 3, including four from Wyoming, Scottsbluff boys’ tennis was able to score 47 team points, good enough for third place.

Gillette won the team title, posting 75 points. Second and third positions were close, as Sheridan finished with 50, just three points ahead of the Bearcats.

The rest of the field had Torrington in fourth with 37, followed by Alliance with 28, Cheyenne South with 20 and Gering with 15.

Scottsbluff’s No. 2 singles player, Connor Muhr also finished third in the tournament, posting a 4-2 record. “This was Connor’s first time playing a singles match on varsity,” said Coach Maddie Johnson. “He did really well for us.”

Johnson said Scott Herman played at No. 2 singles at the McCook Invite, but Muhr is making a challenge for the position.

Scottsbluff’s No. 1 doubles team of Sean Mercer-Smith and Brady Sindt went 4-2 to place second. After defeating Cheyenne South, Torrington, Gering and Sheridan, they lost their last two matches by identical 8-6 scores to Alliance and Gillette.

The No. 2 doubles team of Mason Ramig and Gunnar Buchhammer also finished in second with a 3-2 record. One of their losses was a nail biter against Gillette, as they were at 9-8 before falling in the tiebreaker 7-3.

Three Scottsbluff players, Thomas Madden, Scott Herman, and Noah Hafner rotated and out on the day for the No. 3 doubles team, going 4-2. Johnson said they all did a great job, despite the difficulty of switching from partner to partner.

“I don’t think our doubles teams played up to their potential, but we came out with third place overall,” Johnson said. “We also had everyone place second or third in their individual events except for No. 1 singles.”

The No. 1 singles player is Sam McCaslin, who 3-3 against strong competition from both Gillette and Sheridan.

Gering’s standout on the afternoon was Josh Wilson, who went 5-1 to take home a silver medal in #2 singles.

Gering Coach Justin Reinmuth said Grant Maser at No. 1 singles had a tough day that ended at 1-5. While the numbers don’t always tell the whole story, Maser played hard and lost a few really close matches.

Gering’s No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams were both playing together for the first time, and both lost 0-6. Tyler Tjaden and Mark Karpf were at No. 1 and No. 2 was Brock Parker and Dyson Dollarhide.
The Bulldogs’ No. 3 doubles team of Caleb Andrews and Juan Aguilar showed improvement, but went 1-5 on the day.

“Saturday was a great meet,” Reinmuth said. “The kids got a lot of court experience with competition they haven’t seen this season.”
Scottsbluff traveled west to Torrington on Sept. 6 for a dual and the teams were 2-2 in the middle of the third match when it was called due to lightning.

“Torrington changed their lineup on us and it really hurt us and did not make us better,” Coach Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to this weekend when we can actually get some competition.”

Both Scottsbluff and Gering are in North Platte this weekend for the North Platte Invitational.

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