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Four Trojans compete at state co-ed tennis tournament

Gaskell and Williams finish third
By Justin Webster | Jun 07, 2018

Last week, Trojan junior Anatta Charoenkul defeated freshman Yana Gaskell at the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Class 1A state singles tennis championships at Byrne Park in Waterloo in an all-Fairfield final.

This week, the ladies each paired up with a guy from the Trojan boys tennis team to compete in the Class 1A state co-ed doubles tournament.

Charoenkul and Gaskell were joined by recent graduates, Dante Cingire and Logan Williams, respectively.

Charoenkul/Cingire defeated Katie Hemann and Nick Hooper of Marion 6-1, 6-1 in the first round before falling to Emily Jasper and Alex Hinrichs of Cedar Rapids Xavier in the round of 16 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-4).

Gaskell and Williams went 4-1 on their way to a third-place finish.

First, they defeated Macy Harris and Alex Farmer of Grinnell 6-3, 6-2.

In the second round, they beat Maddie Hartley and J.D. Hitt of Clarinda 6-3, 6-1.

They drew the siblings Roozeboom from Pella in the quarterfinals and ousted Lilly and Jordan 6-1, 6-2.

They finally lost in the semifinals, also falling to a duo from Xavier albeit a different one than their fellow Fairfielders, when Nina Marquardt and Jon Lansing eliminated them 6-0, 6-4 en route to the state championship when they beat Olivia Fain & Daniel Buchanan of Waterloo Columbus 5-7 6-2 1-0 (10-7) in the final.

If they name Olivia Fain sounds familiar, she’s the girl that beat Charoenkul in the state singles final in 2016 before Anatta avenged the loss in the 2017 final against Fain.

In the consolation finals, Gaskell and Williams outlasted Jasper and Hinrichs from Xavier 8-4, the pair that eliminated their teammates in the second round.

Trojan boys head tennis coach Bill Sheppherd believes that the sport is “alive and well in Fairfield” and congratulates anyone that helps promote tennis in the area because he believes the results speak for themselves with FHS having had both finalists in the girls singles state tournament and 3rd place in the coed tournament in addition to MSAE sending their top two boys to the championship match in the doubles and their No. 3 singles player finished 7th place in the state tournament.

“Mixed, to me, is like same-gender doubles in that you look to balance strengths and playing styles that will work best with each other,” explained the longtime skipper who continued.

“In this case, I decided to pair Dante with Anatta and Logan with Yana because this pairing put similar playing styles and temperments together. Dante/Anatta play a more quiet/determined approach to competition, whereas Logan/Yana have the more go-for-broke mental set. You might argue that the best pairing would be to balance those styles with each other, but in my experience, that tends to create unnecessary tension when partners are approaching competitive play from different mind-sets.”

Girls head coach Heidi Grunwald added, “Logan and Yana together are quite determined,” in reference to their third-place finish before continuing, “Logan was determined to get his name on the fence at the courts this year and he did it.”

Grunwald agrees that tennis is alive and well in Fairfield and she believes that has leant to the success they have had in the previous years and this year included.

“You can see someone on the courts most nights getting a lesson or just playing with someone else,” shared Grunwald who concluded by saying, “I am pleased with the season of both teams!”

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