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All Central entries still playing in consolation of State AA tennis

Aberdeen Central’s Ian Ahlberg returns a volley at the net during a doubles match with Aberdeen Roncalli at the Holgate Middle School courts. Ahlberg won two singles matches and two doubles at the Class AA state tourney on Thursday. Photo by John Davis taken 5/6/2021

SIOUX FALLS – Aberdeen Central will be represented at every flight during consolation round action today at the Class AA State Tennis Tournament in Sioux Falls.

All of the Golden Eagles singles and doubles teams won twice and lost once during the opening day on Thursday.

“That was goal number one,” said Central coach Trent Kurtz of having everybody still playing on the second day. “We won where we were supposed to. It would have been nice to pull some upsets in those quarterfinal matches, but man did we have some tough ones.”

Central did have a couple of notable victories. Ian Ahlberg won his first singles match, the second set 8-6 in a tiebreaker. The third flight doubles team of Henry Fouberg and Brett Jacobs won their first match, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

“They were down in both of those sets and had to come back to win both of them,” Kurtz said. “That’s a sign of maturity. That’s Henry being a senior and kind of really leading the way, and Brett played pretty well, also.”

O’Gorman and Sioux Falls Lincoln are tied for first in team points. Central is seventh, within striking distance of Brandon Valley and Harrisburg.

“There’s a lot of points out there. That hasn’t been our number one focus,” Kurtz said. “Our number one goal is to get people on the podium. We have a chance at very flight. You have to win two matches to get fifth place and get up on the podium. That would be a great accomplishment for all these guys.”

Team Points: O’Gorman 300, Sioux Falls Lincoln 300, Sioux Falls Washington 287.5, Rapid City Stevens 285, Brandon Valley 146, Harrisburg 139.5, Aberdeen Central 133.5, Watertown 67, Brookings 53.5, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 22, Rapid City Central 0, St. Thomas More 0.

SINGLES

First Flight: GABE GOETZ def. Baxter Meyer, St. Thomas More, 6-0, 6-0; lost to Jamison Pfingston, Rapid City Stevens, 6-3, 6-3; def. Zander Binde, Watertown, 10-3.

Second Flight: ZACH GONSOR def. Taite Sumption, Rapid City Central, 6-0, 6-0; lost to Michael Tang, Rapid City Stevens, 6-1, 6-0; def. Michael Levine, St. Thomas More, 6-0, 6-0.

Third Flight: IAN AHLBERG def. Charlie Grismer, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6); lost to Gavin Schmit, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-0, 6-0; def. Derek Brallier, Brookings, 10-3.

Fourth Flight: LINCOLN WILKINSON def. Matthew Cuny, Rapid City Central, 6-1, 6-0; lost to Nick Tschudy, Harrisburg, 6-4, 6-4; def. Braeden Strain, St. Thomas More, 10-0.

Fifth Flight: HENRY FOUBERG def. Cole Jandreau, Rapid City Central, 6-1, 6-2; lost to James Yousef, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-0, 6-1; def. Aditya Tummala, Brookings, 10-4.

Sixth Flight: BRETT JACOBS def. Mason McKee, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 6-4, 6-4; lost to River McKenzie, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-0, 6-0; def. Braylon Peters, Brookings, 10-3.

DOUBLES

First Flight: GABE GOETZ-ZACH GONSOR def. Meyer-Schmid, St. Thomas More, 6-0, 6-0; lost to Harris-Poppenga, Sioux Falls Washington, 6-2, 6-3; def. Cameron-Everson, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 10-4.

Second Flight: IAN AHLBERG-LINCOLN WILKINSON: def. Brallier-Asche, Brookings, 6-1, 6-1; lost to Schmit-Gohl, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-4, 6-1; def. Versteeg-Neiman, Rapid City Central, 10-2.

Third Flight: HENRY FOUBERG-BRETT JACOBS: def. Tummala-Peters, Brookings, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; lost to Yousef-Koski, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-0, 6-0; def. Meester-Sneden, St. Thomas More, 10-1.

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