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Tennis trio state bound

by Mike Ramczyk

June 02, 2011

Dean Schwefel qualified for state for the third straight year.
Elkhorn — At a WIAA Division 1 boys tennis sectional at the Four Lakes Athletic Club May 25, the local boys didn't take long to punch a few tickets to Madison.

In took only the first two hours in an all-day event, and Dean Schwefel at No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Reid Solheim and Matt Heinz were already headed to state. Overall, Badger coach Marty Badt was happy to get at least one state qualifier.

Schwefel (16-2) opened the day with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Union Grove's Zach Dam to qualify for state. Badt commended the opening match of Schwefel. The senior qualified for state for the third straight year.

"Dean likes playing indoors," Badt said. "He was in the zone for the day. It was the best three matches he has played all year."

Schwefel lost his next match to Kenosha Tremper's John Carswell, the eventual sectional champion. Carswell finished fifth in the state a season ago.

Schwefel recovered to defeat Westosha Central to complete his day.

Solheim and Heinz (16-1) downed Wilmot 6-0, 6-2 for their trip back to state. The seniors battled at state last year. In the duo's second match, they were dominated by Kenosha Tremper, 6-2, 6-0. Badt said Tremper was a tough obstacle for the boys.

"Matt and Reid had a very good first match," he said. "They played some solid, good tennis. But Tremper was on another level. They were the No. 1 seed last year at state. For as good as Matt and Reid are, these Tremper guys are levels above them. Tremper is in a stronger conference, and they play stronger tournaments. It's a different ball game. I give credit to Matt and Reid."

At No. 2 singles, Badger's Dmitri Chironis was edged by Kenosha Tremper in his first match, 7-6 (3), 6-4. He finished fourth in the sectional and ended his season 15-3.

At No. 3 singles, junior Philipp Kleiner nabbed fourth place and ended the season with a 9-6 record.

At No. 4 singles, junior Mack Ruby took second place, finishing the season with a 15-2 mark. Moving to No. 2 doubles, Kolin Harrigan and Colin Gardner lost to Racine Horlick in three sets to open the day.

"Kolin and Colin had a slip up," Badt said. "They played two kids that had a good strategy. We dominated the first set, then lost the next two. Horlick played solid. The guys were down because they wanted a shot at Tremper."

Later in the day, Harrigan and Gardner earned third place with a victory over Burlington. Badt said. The duo struggled in the first set, then won the next two. Harrigan and Gardner ended up 15-1 on the season.

At No. 3 doubles, Colin Gordon and Tom O'Brien fell to fourth place and ended the season 8-4.

The three boys will now compete at the Division 1 state tournament June 2 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Badt said the goal is simple — win.

"We would like to win at least one match," he said. "It's been awhile since the Badger boys have won at state. I want them to feel like it's not good enough to just get to state. Winning one match is a great goal. It's a matter of good draw and depends if the guys face a buzz saw right away. We will fight for one match."