St. A, EHS, T-town, Newton Tennis Players Do Well At State


Published on October 22 2018 7:03 am
Last Updated on October 22 2018 7:12 am
Written by Millie Lange

Effingham St. Anthony, Effingham and Teutopolis tennis players did well at the Class 1A State Tennis Tournament during the weekend.

The Bulldogs captured eighth place as a team with 12 points.

Emilee Mossman competed in singles play and won three straight matches before suffering two losses to exit the tourney field.

Mossman, a junior, won her first, second and third rounds Thursday and Friday. She downed Kate Feldmann of Highland, 6-0, 6-0 before beating Natalia Tabor of Ottawa Township, 6-0, 6-0. She then won over Fiola Rivas of Chicago Lake View, 6-3, 6-1.

Mossman then suffered her first loss to Claudia Miller of Winnetka North Shore Country Day, 6-3, 6-0. That dropped her into the consolation quartersfinals where she fell to Mia Bertino of Joliet Catholic Academy, 8-1.

Allison Kowalke, a sophomore and junior Averee Greene went into the consolation quarterfinals in doubles play.

The pair won over Grace Horky and Maggie O'Brien of Lemont, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Kyrsten Darrough and Gracy Himelick of Flora, 6-1, 6-1 in Thursday play. They fell to Emily Sun and Isabella Kellemeier of Chicago University, 6-2, 6-3 in the third round dropping them into consolation paly.

In the fourth round of consolation, the Bulldog duo beat Mollie Morrisey and Josi Schmedeke of Rochester, 7-5, 6-2 and won over Grace Horky and Maggie O'Brien of Lemont, 8-3. They then fell out of the tournament in the consolation quarterfinals to Livia Hamm and Ellie Howland of West Chicago Wheaton Academy, 8-2.

T-town had a single and two doubles players competing. The Wooden Shoes finished in a 14th place tie with Wheaton St. Francis.

Diana Mossman finished in the 17-24th place. Mossman, a junior, lost her first match of the tourney to Mia Bertino of Joliet Catholic Academy, 6-0, 6-0 but came roaring back with three straight victories. She downed Avery Meyer of Sterlng Newman Central Catholic, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 10-6 then beat Clair Moore of Quincy Notre Dame 6-2, 6-4.

She downed Claudia Bilkey of Vernon Hills in the third round of consolation, 6-1, 6-4. She dropped her second match against Madelyn Jurasek of Maple Park Kaneland, 8-5 in the fourth round of consolation.

Alli Brumleve and Macy Probst finished with 9-12th place finish. The pair opened with two wins Thursday over Makynna Shaffer and Marrie Blankenberg of Carmi-White County, 6-3, 6-1 then won over Logan Kauble and Riley Doll of Olney, 7-5, 2-6, 6-0. The pair dropped their first match against Sophie Ishiwari and Isabel Kapustka of Chicago Payton, 6-3, 6-2.

That dropped them into the fourth consolation round where they beat Sydney O'Donnell and Grace Couri of Peoria Notre Dame, 6-1, 7-6(3) and Jaddy Jacobs and Sydney Schott of Sterling Newman Central Catholic, 8-4. They fell in the fifth round of consolation to Emily Sun and Isabella Kellemeier of Chicago University, 8-2.

Nicole Deters and Julia Hardiek lost their first two rounds on Thursday against Jackie Brown and Ananya Asthana of Chicago University, 6-2, 6-4 and Kylie Jozwik and Melissa Variny of Lake Villa Lakes, 6-1, 6-2.

"These results are the best in school history," said T-town Coach Kaye Kimpling.

Effingham's Chloe Funneman and Lauryn Douthit, both seniors, won their first two rounds Thursday, beating Marisa Patel-O'Connor and Arohi Singh of Aurora Illinois Math and Science Academy, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Kaitlyn Young and Makinley Tonn of Benton, 6-2, 6-1.

In the third round, the pair fell to Annabel Edwards and Elaine Sarazen of Chicago Latin, 6-1, 6-1. That dropped them into the fourth round consolation where they lost to Hannah Riegle and Medha Venigalla of Chatham Glenwood, 6-4, 6-0 to exit the tourney.

Newton's Jacelyn Street, a junior, won her opening match against Ella Marvel of Ottawa Township, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 then fell to Maria Rivas of Chicago Lake View in Thursday play, 3-6 6-0, 6-2. She then dropped into the second consolation round where she beat Brooke Akrami of Palos Heights Chicago Christian, 6-0, 6-1. In the third consolation round, she won over Kelsie Ayers of Bloomington, 6-1, 6-1. She exited the tournament in the fourth round of consolation with a loss to Lily Schoecker of Rock Island Alleman, 6-4, 6-3.