Stickels, Pioneers roll to titles; Fairfield girls compete in Burlington
On a near-perfect day for tennis Saturday, sophomore Sam Stickels played close to perfection and anchored Maharishi School to a first-place finish at his home Pioneer Invitational in Fairfield.
Stickels won 53 out of a possible 55 games, including an 11-0 win over crosstown rival Alexander Punj, Fairfield’s star sophomore who finished in the top 12 at individual state last spring. Stickels’ performance at No. 1 singles helped the Pioneers pick up 182 points to stay well ahead of the six-team field. Keokuk finished runner-up with 139 and Maharishi School’s JV squad was third with 125 games won.
Also for the Pioneers, freshman Chandre Morales racked up another 50 game wins at No. 2 singles to finish atop his field, and junior Solaris Nite and senior Raphael Gelfand came in second at No. 1 doubles with 38 points. David Fleshman and David Wadsworth teamed up to claim 38 games and finish runner-up at No. 2 doubles.
Maharishi School’s JV squad was led by a second-place finish by Daniel Pirc at No. 2 singles. The Pioneers also received a pair of third-place finishes from Avery Mullenneaux at No. 1 singles and Girindra Selleck and Surya Sawhney at No. 1 doubles.
For Fairfield, Punj won nearly every game he played outside of his loss to Stickels to finish runner-up at No. 1 singles. Punj claimed 41 games and teammate Landen Greiner earned 17 points (fourth place at No. 2 singles) for the Trojans, who finished fifth out of six teams with 67 games won.
In addition, Keokuk was the class of the tournament in doubles action. Athletic senior duo Dan Williams and Gabe Vandenberg dominated the No. 1 doubles field with wins in 45 of 55 games played, and their No. 2 team of Chris Barclift and Drake Reiter captured first with 49 wins in 55 tries.
Maharishi School hosts Ottumwa today starting at 4 p.m. Fairfield hosts Mount Pleasant in a make-up dual Tuesday.
1. Maharishi School 182, 2. Keokuk 139, 3. Maharishi School JV 125, 4. Davis County 96, 5. Fairfield 67, 6. Albia 57
Gilpin leads Trojan girls Saturday
BURLINGTON — Senior Haylee Gilpin rolled to a No. 1 singles title Saturday and the Trojan girls’ tennis team finished second in a six-team field in Burlington.
Gilpin opened the morning with an 8-3 victory over Holy Trinity’s Sarah Liebert before she won 8-6 vs. Burlington’s Bailey Galvin. In the finals match, Gilpin claimed the individual title with an 8-5 victory over Taylor Powell of Fort Madison.
Senior teammate and No. 3 player Kim O’Carroll also won a title, defeating Marcie Cutler of Holy Trinity 8-1 and Kirsten Wells of Fort Madison by a score of 8-2.
Gilpin and O’Carroll carried their strong performances into doubles action, where they finished second overall. The senior duo won an 8-5 match against Davis County’s Megan Joos and Maddie Davidson in the semifinal round of No. 1 doubles, then fell 8-6 in the finals to Fort Madison’s Wells and Powell.
Trojan seniors Cheyanne Laux and Hanna Kerr finished runner-up at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Sophomore Karley Williams lost in the semifinals at No. 2, as did senior teammate Rachel Hathaway at No. 4 singles.
Williams and Hathaway picked up several game wins and finished in second place at No. 2 doubles. Laux and Kerr won their opening round match at No. 3 doubles before falling in the semifinals.
Fort Madison ended up winning the tournament, while host Burlington finished third and Davis County was fourth.
The Trojan girls return to action today at Mount Pleasant.
1. Fort Madison, 2. Fairfield, 3. Burlington, 4. Davis County, 5. Holy Trinity, 6. Davenport North