Ethan Squires and Finn Hourigan got it done against some elite competition for the Union Grove High School boys tennis team on Monday afternoon.
The No. 2 doubles team won a championship at the Southern Lakes Conference meet at Wilmot by defeating top-seeded Reese Crull and Issac Garcia of Delavan-Darien 6-4, 6-3.
“Ethan and Finn have come along a lot this season, and today they put it all together and got a big win,” Union Grove coach Mike Brannen said.
The Broncos duo went 3-0 in the tournament and was the only Racine County entry to win a championship. The first rounds of the meet were held last Thursday. The finals were scheduled to be played Saturday, but rain and wind delayed action until Monday.
Badger won the overall conference title with 36 points—22 earned in the tournament and 14 for dual meet wins during the regular season.
Waterford finished fourth with 23.5 points, the Broncos finished fifth with 17.5, and Burlington placed sixth with 15.5 points.
Union Grove’s No. 3 doubles team of Tommy Hempel and Mickey Rewolinski placed third with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Garret Reynolds and Mason Yee of Westosha Central.
Finishing fifth were Drake Miller at No. 2 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Tanner Kastenson and Jeff Furner.
For Waterford, the No. 3 doubles team of Jack and Drew Degreef placed second, losing to Nash Hale and Carson Derda of Lake Geneva Badger 6-2, 7-5 in the championship match.
At No. 2 singles, Jason Splitgerber placed third after defeating Max Meier of Burlington. The No. 2 doubles team of Isaiah Bergstedt and Michael Bose also placed third with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Wilmot.
Ethan Brannen rounded out the top finishes for the Wolverines by finishing fourth at No. 3 singles, losing the third-place match to Westosha’s Alexander Dawson.
“We had some great performances today, and I am proud we were able to score some good points and build off the first day,” Waterford coach Mike Schuster said.
For Burlington, No. 1 singles Jacob Ludwig finished third with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Nick White of Elkhorn.
“Jake had to find a rhythm on White’s strong serve and once he got it going at the end of the first set, he rolled in the second,” said Demons coach Ken Savaglia.
The No. 1 doubles team of Andrew Zeman and Malik Tiedt finished fourth after losing 6-4, 6-1 to Colin Mast and Trevor Millhouse of Westosha Central in the third-place match.
“They struggled to get going all match,” Savaglia said. “They had led at 4-3 in the first set, but just could keep the momentum. It swung the other way and they could not get it back. They beat this team in a tough three-setter in Burlington a week ago, but just could not keep it going.
“I am very proud of how our boys did, and how well we have come along this season,” he said.
PARK 9, KETTLE MORAINE LUTHERAN 8: The Panthers scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning en route to a nonconference victory at Jackson.
The Panthers (7-11) had 11 hits behind Samm Cueller and Ashley Anderson. Cueller went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Anderson went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer.
The Chargers made it interesting by rallying for six runs in the last two innings.
Anderson earned the victory after allowing 14 hits and five earned runs. She struck out eight, including one to end the game.
ST. CATHERINE’S 10, MARTIN LUTHER 0: Sadie Gilbert and Molly O’Regan combined to score all the goals as the Angels dominated the Spartans in a Metro Classic Conference game at The Prairie School.
Gilbert scored six goals, with five of them coming in the first half and assisted on three others.
O’ Regan added four goals, with all of them coming in the first half. She also assisted on two others for the Angels (11-2-1, 6-0 MCC).
“We were able to spread their defense and allowed us to play through to our forwards and play at a fast pace,” St. Catherine’s coach Ben Lake said.
Goalkeeper Sofi Wentorf posted a shutout.