A first-place performance at No. 2 doubles provided the highlight for the Grafton boys’ tennis team at the Milwaukee Pius XI Invitational last Saturday.
Seniors Brian Gilson and Tommy Makela joined forces to win all three of their matches, capping the day with a 6-2, 1-6, 10-5 victory over Cedarburg’s Thomas Artz and Gavin Stumpf in the final.
“They played well. They definitely had the best day for us,” Grafton coach Nick Kassens said.
The rest of the Black Hawks’ lineup struggled, leaving Grafton with 24 points, good for sixth place out of eight teams.
New Berlin Eisenhower won the team title with 44 points.
“We lost some matches we should have won,” Kassens said.
Hawks go 1-2 in three dual meets
Earlier last week, Grafton had mixed results in three dual meets.
The Hawks fell to host Cedarburg, 5-2, on May 5.
Grafton got its wins in doubles. The No. 1 team of Sam Bucheger and Michael Rathke won, 7-5, 6-4, and the No. 2 duo of Gilson and Makela won, 6-4, 6-2.
On May 3, the Hawks swept the doubles matches in a 4-3 road win over Port Washington.
At No. 1 doubles, Jon Kottke and Rathke defeated Alex Burbach and Jack Larson, 6-1, 6-1. Also winning in straight sets were Gilson and Makela at No. 2 and Christian Rowland and Alan Olivas at No. 3.
At No. 1 singles, Bucheger defeated Ken Zacher, 7-5, 6-4.
Port got wins from Jimmy Clarke, Ethan Hoag and Kyle Zacher at Nos. 2 through four, respectively.
The host Hawks defeated Brown Deer, 5-2, on May 2.
Winning singles matches were Bucheger (No. 1), Tyler Otto (No. 3) and Jarrett DeSautel (No. 4). Doubles wins came from Gilson and Makela at No. 2 and Rowland and Olivas at No. 3.
Pirates go 1-2 at Roncalli
Port won one of three dual meets at the Manitowoc Roncalli Invitational last Saturday.
The Pirates defeated St. Mary’s Springs, 5-2, and lost to St. Lawrence, 4-3, and Roncalli, 6-1.
Against Springs, Port swept the singles matches, getting straight-set wins from Ken Zacher, Clarke, Aaron Montreal and Jake Schmit at the top four spots, respectively.
The No. 1 duo of Burbach and Kyle Zacher also won in straight sets.
Against St. Lawrence, Port’s victories came from Ken Zacher and Montreal at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and the No. 1 duo of Burbach and Kyle Zacher.
The Pirates’ lone win against Roncalli came from Montreal at No. 3 singles.
Port falls in three dual meets
The Pirates lost all three of their dual meets last week. Besides falling to Grafton, they lost to Germantown, 6-1, on May 5 and to West Bend East, 5-2, in May 4.
Ethan Hoag had Port’s lone win against Germantown, rallying for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles.
Against East, the Pirates got wins from Kyle Zacher at No. 4 singles and the No. 3 duo of Jimmy Brisky and Benji Jarman.
This week, Port was scheduled to play Nicolet on Tuesday, the same day Grafton was to face Whitefish Bay. On May 18 and 19, both local teams will participate in the conference tournament at Nicolet and Bay.