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Gonsor wins ESD championship; Eagles take fourth as team

Aberdeen Central’s Laney Gonsor looks to return a volley during a singles match against St. Thomas More Monday at the Holgate Middle School tennis courts. Gonsor won the fifth flight singles championship at the ESD Tournament on Tuesday in Huron. Photo by John Davis taken 9/13/2021

HURON – Aberdeen Central’s Laney Gonsor won a singles championship and the Golden Eagles finished fourth as a team during the Eastern South Dakota Conference Tennis Tournament Tuesday in Huron.

The Eagles finished one point ahead of Watertown for fourth place. Mitchell won the tourney by a comfortable margin with Yankton second and Harrisburg third.

“Our goal going into ESD was top four,” said Central coach John Vogel, “and we got it by the skin of our teeth.”

The Eagles started out the day on a strong note in singles getting four of their six players into the semifinals.

Gonsor won all three of her matches to win the title at fifth flight singles, while Emily Ringgenberg finished second at first flight singles.

“Avery Tennant also earned all-conference by her third place finish in flight six,” Vogel said.

The doubles action featured some close matches.

Ringgenberg and Alice Vogel finished fifth at flight one, Carly Comstock and Livia Douglas were fourth at flight two, and Gonsor and Charlee Galvin took third at flight three.

“Ones really struggled with the windy conditions and never showed up against Mitchell. Then they won two consolation matches, both in tiebreakers,” Vogel said. “Twos won their first, then lost to Mitchell, then lost a close one to Watertown in the third place match.”

The third place match was a battle at third flight doubles, before Gonsor and Galvin finally prevailed.

“Threes beat Pierre in the first round,” Vogel said, noting that Pierre won a previous matchup pretty handily at the Elliott Extravaganza. “Then they lost to Mitchell, but they came back to win third against Watertown. They were up 7-1, but needed a breaker to win it.”

The Golden Eagles will now have a week to gear up for the Class AA State Tournament next Thursday and Friday in Sioux Falls.

Team Points: Mitchell 296.5, Yankton 219, Harrisburg 204.5, Aberdeen Central 182.5, Watertown 181.5, Pierre 107.5, Brandon Valley 86.5, Huron 11.5, Brookings 0.

SINGLES

First Flight

EMILY RINGGENBERG: def. Sydney Tedrow, Pierre, 10-6; def. Emma Rangel, Harrisburg, 10-4; lost to Maggie Schaefer, Yankton, 10-3. SECOND PLACE.

Second Flight

CARLY COMSTOCK: lost to Marie Pelletier, Brandon Valley, 10-9 (8-6); def. Elizabeth Heinen, Huron, by default; def. Marlee Shorter, Pierre, 8-2. FIFTH PLACE.

Third Flight

LIVIA DOUGLAS: lost to Amber Moller, Mitchell, 10-1; def. Biana Medina, Huron, 8-2; lost to Kara Weiss, Pierre, 8-2. SIXTH PLACE.

Fourth Flight

ALICE VOGEL: def. Maddie Eisenbeisz, Harrisburg, 10-6; lost Julia Platt, Mitchell, 10-4; lost to Jocelyn Corrales, Pierre, 8-2. FOURTH PLACE.

Fifth Flight

LANEY GONSOR: def. Teya Badger, Brandon Valley, 10-2; def. Sydney Reynolds, Mitchell, 10-5; def. Grace Ortmeier, Watertown, 10-8. FIRST PLACE.

Sixth Flight

AVERY TENNANT: def. Ann Hoek, Huron, 10-2; lost to Mckenzie Vickery, Harrisburg, 10-6; def. Carissa Ott, Pierre, 8-3. THIRD PLACE.

DOUBLES

First Flight

EMILY RINGGENBERG-ALICE VOGEL: lost to Atlanta Stahle-Olivia Huber, Mitchell, 10-2; def. Emma Rangel-Jersey Sonnenscheine, Harrisburg, 8-7 (9-7); def. Ellie Zink-Josie Heyn, Watertown, 8-7 (7-5). FIFTH PLACE.

Second Flight

CARLY COMSTOCK-LIVIA DOUGLAS: def. Bianca Medina-Bethany Engelhart, Huron, 10-1; lost to Amber Moller-Sydney Reynolds, Mitchell, 10-5; lost to Jaida Young-Grace Ortmeier, Watertown, 8-6. FOURTH PLACE.

Third Flight

LANEY GONSOR-CHARLEE GALVIN: def. Marlee Shorter and Gracie Zeeb, Pierre, 10-8; lost to Megan Mastel-Delaney Degen, Mitchell, 10-4; def. Leyla Meester-Sophia Nichols, Watertown, 8-7 (7-3). THIRD PLACE.

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