It was a great day at subsectionals for the West Bend East Suns on Tuesday, as every player played up to his ability and represented the school well. Alex Schaetz, Dylan Polster, and Trey Larson all won the one match they played (and won them convincingly) in order to advance to the sectional on Thursday in Appleton.
The three doubles combo of Owen Schmidt and Steve Marris played one of their better matches of the year. After dropping the first set, they won the second set against their West opponents and pushed them to the brink in the third set. Marris showed grit playing through pain, and Schmidt played strong offense and defense. At one doubles, Conklin and Ketter put together a strong showing in the second set against a very good Sheboygan North tandem.
The highlight of the day for East was at 2 doubles. Aidan Schmidt and Nathan Meyer won a convincing first match against Fond du Lac. In the second match, against a Cedarburg team which had beaten them earlier in the season, they won the first set. After dropping the second set, they came back and were one point away from winning the match. Due to a scheduling conflict on Thursday, the tandem then “retired” from the match so that Cedarburg could represent the subsectional. They exhibited great sportsmanship, and even more importantly, great mental toughness to compete as hard as they could in a match in which they knew they would likely be “retiring”. Schmidt and Meyer did everything one would expect of players of their character, and did East proud.
No. 1 – Alex Schaetz, WEST BEND EAST def. Eli Jones, CEDARBURG HIGH, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 2 – Dylan Polster, WEST BEND EAST def. Jed Robertson, MANITOWOC LINCOLN, 6-0, 6-4, -;
No. 3 – Trey Larson, WEST BEND EAST def. Brandon Khmelevsky, CEDARBURG HIGH, 6-1, 6-2, -;
No. 4 – Preston Reiner, WEST BEND EAST def. Gavin Xiong, FOND DU LAC HIGH SCHOOL, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0;
No. 4 – Preston Reiner, WEST BEND EAST def. Sam Meyer, MANITOWOC LINCOLN, 6-2, 6-3, -;
No. 1 – Ted Wind – Jasper Delasanta, SHEBOYGAN NORTH def. Michael Conklin – Christian Ketter, WEST BEND EAST, 6-1, 6-3, -;
No. 2 – Aidan Schmidt – Nathan Meyer, WEST BEND EAST def. Michell Freund – John Schaefer, FOND DU LAC HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-1, -;
No. 3 – Collin Bergerud – Justin Lee, WEST BEND WEST def. Owen Schmidt – Steven Marris, WEST BEND EAST, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4;
No. 2 – Joe Poehlmann – Jack Poehlmann, CEDARBURG HIGH def. Aidan Schmidt – Nathan Meyer, WEST BEND EAST, 3-6, 6-4, 4-5 Retired;