Homestead boys tennis team wins sixth North Shore Conference title in a row
Nicolet second, Bay third
Full lineups and no excuses were the order of the day for the North Shore Conference boys tennis tournament last weekend, as Homestead claimed five of seven flights and earned its sixth straight league title and its seventh in the last eight years.
"We'd had a virus concern with Danny (top singles player Coran) a few weeks ago, and we were worried that it might be mono," said Highlander coach Jackie Egelhoff. "He hadn't eaten for days, but fortunately he came around.
"And they all actually played really well, and that bodes well as we head into the really big meets."
The Highlanders have a difficult road if they want to advance to the state team tournament, as they are packed into the same WIAA subsectional with top-ranked in state Homestead on Tuesday, May 27. Second-place North Shore finisher Nicolet and third-place finisher Whitefish Bay have similar problems as they are locked into a subsectional with defending state champion Marquette.
Sectional qualifying tournaments for state take place Thursday, May 29 (see info box).
"This is our first step," said Egelhoff of the subsectionals. "We need to get everyone through (to sectionals) and then see what happens. We have to stay positive. The brackets are there, and it is what it is."
Nicolet coach Tim Koppa is optimistic about his team's chances about winning the sectional and advancing to team state, but noted that it will take a Herculean effort to do so.
"To win it we will need everyone's help," he said. "We can't afford anyone having a letdown."
Nicolet won the other two flights in the North Shore tourney.
Homestead scored 38 points to win the North Shore tourney title May 22 and 23, as Nicolet was second with 30 and Bay third with 17.
The Highlanders swept all the doubles' brackets and also had Coran at first singles and Daniel Wichman at third singles earn championships en route to their crown.
In his final, Coran outlasted Nicolet's Calin Dumitrescu, 6-0, 7-6, in his final while Wichman downed Nicolet's Brett Conard in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 epic.
Egelhoff said that Wichman's finals' match was arguably the best of the day
In doubles, the first team of Will Kammerait and Aaron Rempel overpowered a tough Germantown team, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 for its title; while Chase Gabriel and Jason Jesse beat another Germantown duo, 6-3, 6-0, for its crown at second doubles.
At third doubles, Aaron Holman and Tucker Gabriel downed Nicolet's Andy Kaufman and Sam Scribner, 6-1, 6-3 for its championship.
Egelhoff said a big help was the arrival of several Homestead tennis alums who came back from college during the week to buck up the current Highlanders.
WIAA sectionals this week
NSC teams have tough roads
UP NEXT: Qualifiers will head to sectional meets Thursday, May 29. The first four finishers in flight one of singles and doubles and the winners of flight two in singles and doubles automatically advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison, June 5-7. The team sectional winners will advance to the state team tournament back in Madison, June 13-14.
Homestead will play its sectional tournament at Wauwatosa West high school while Bay and Nicolet qualifiers will head to Hart Park in Wauwatosa.
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