Tennis season bracketed by bad weatherThe boys tennis season at Cloquet-Esko-Carlton is finishing the way it started — hindered by inclement weather.
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
The boys tennis season at Cloquet-Esko-Carlton is finishing the way it started — hindered by inclement weather.
The team was supposed to face Princeton on Monday in the first round of the Section 7AA playoffs, but three straight days of rain meant the match hadn’t been played as this edition of the Pine Journal went to press.
“It’s about the worst spring in the history of mankind,” Coach Steve Rickstrom said. “We were supposed to be done with round two and looking forward to the individual tournament, and now we just want to get a match in before the individual tournament starts.”
The individual event will begin in Duluth on Thursday, at Longview Tennis Center if the weather is good and indoors if it’s not.
Team-wise, if the ’Jacks get past the Tigers they are likely to face Duluth East on Friday.
The ’Jacks and Tigers have a common opponent this spring in the form of North Branch. CEC beat the Vikings 7-0 while the Tigers only defeated them by 4-3.
“[Princeton has] two solid singles players and they are good and their No. 1 (senior Isaian Mayerchak) is one of the top 10 in the state. I think with our depth we have a little better than a 50-50 chance against them.”
Individually, the team’s singles players will be fifth-seeded Sean Kedrowski and eighth-seeded Christian Pritchett.
Due to his seed, Kedrowski will play a first-round match Thursday against the tournament’s lowest seeded player with a victory earning him a matchup against fourth-seeded Martin Schneider of East.
“Sean has a fair chance of moving on,” Rickstrom said. “I have high hopes for him.”
Pritchett’s road is tougher, facing a ninth seed first followed by a matchup against top-seeded Austin Stefanich of Grand Rapids should he win in the first round.
“Stefanich is pretty good,” Rickstrom said. “I’d like to see Christian play him and see if he can throw an upset in there.”
In doubles, the first team of Robbie Sobczak and Ryan Willgohs earned the fourth seed and thus a first-round bye. The second team will be Ryan Lind and Ben Tomhave, with Lind’s regular partner Joey Gotchnik involved in Destination Imagination during the tournament. That duo is seeded 10th.
“Ben moves up,” Rickstrom said. “Robbie and Ryan will be favored to reach the section championship rounds next Tuesday, but I’m happy for Ben to get a chance. If we had a most improved player this spring it would be him. He really contributed this year in singles and doubles. Kudos to him.”