BOONE – The Ballard boys’ tennis team concluded the season by picking up one doubles victory at the Class 3A district singles and doubles tournament in Boone May 15.
In their opening match, the Bomber doubles team of Joe Kruger and Devin Wargo defeated Saydel’s Andrew Smith and Joe Smith in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-2. Kruger and Wargo then fell to Clarke’s Yahia Aly and Jacob Redman in the next round.
Kruger and Wargo rebounded from a 6-4 loss in the opening set to defeat Aly and Redman in a 7-6 battle as the Bomber duo took the tiebreaker by a 7-5 score. But Kruger and Wargo weren’t able to keep the momentum from that win going in the decisive third set, losing 6-3.
Nathan Carlin and Landon Manfull also competed in doubles play. They suffered 6-1 and 6-3 losses to Saydel’s Hunter White and Jacob Philipson in the opening round.
In singles play Anthony Lettow and Jacob Herrin both competed for Ballard.
Lettow suffered 6-2 and 6-1 losses to Boone’s Paul Soloman in the opening round. Herrin came up short against Clarke’s Ali Aly in a three-set match, coming back from a 6-2 loss with a 6-3 win in the second set, but suffering a 6-3 loss in the third set.
HUXLEY – Ballard wrapped up the regular season with a decisive 7-2 victory over Saydel May 13 in Huxley.
The Bombers claimed five of six singles matches and added a pair of doubles victories to finish the season with a 3-5 record.
Joe Kruger, Nathan Carlin, Landon Manfull, Antony Lettow and Bryce Hull were all victorious in singles play for Ballard.
Kruger whipped Saydel’s Alex Gustafson by a 10-4 score in the No. 1 match and Carlin pulled off a 10-5 victory over Hunter White in the No. 2 match. Manfull won a 10-8 battle against Joe Smith in the No. 4 match and Hull knocked off the Eagles’ Andrew Smith by a 10-7 score in the No. 6 match.
Lettow endured the toughest challenge among the Bomber victors. He defeated Saydel’s Evan Andrews in an 11-10 battle after taking the tiebreaker by a 7-5 score.
In doubles play Manfull and Carlin won the No. 2 match over Gustafson and Andrew Smith by a 10-5 score. Sam Kruger and Jacob Herrin added a 10-6 win over Joe Smith and Andrews in the No. 3 match.
Ballard 7, Saydel 2
Singles: 1. Joe Kruger (B) defeated Alex Gustafson (S); 10-4. 2. Nathan Carlin (B) defeated Hunter White (S); 10-5. 3. Jacob Philipson (S) defeated Devin Wargo (B); 10-5. 4. Landon Manfull (B) defeated Joe Smith (S); 10-8. 5. Anthony Lettow (B) defeated Evan Andrews (S); 11-10 (7-5). 6. Bryce Hull (B) defeated Andrew Smith (S); 10-7.
Doubles: 1. White and Philipson (S) defeated Kruger and Wargo (B); 10-6. 2. Manfull and Carlin (B) defeated Gustafson and A. Smith (S); 10-5. 3. Sam Kruger and Jacob Herrin (B) defeated J. Smith and Andrews (S); 10-6.