PELLA — The second-ranked (2A) Pella boys tennis team held their annual invitational on a chilly Saturday at Caldwell Park. Pella would edge out a good Boone squad by 10 points while their JV team placed third with 80 points.
Pella would sweep both championships as Lucas Heap won the singles title while Jack Edwards and Vaughn Thompson continued their perfect season by winning doubles.
Heap earned a first round by but grabbed wins of 8-0 and 8-3 on his way to the title match. There he would battle Boone’s Ben Craven, winning 8-4.
Edwards and Thompson also earned first round byes as the top seed and showed why with wins of 8-0 and 8-1 in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. They would then meet Grinnell’s Wilkins and Jaworski in the finals and would find themselves trailing 3-0 early before roaring back to win the title 8-4.
Pella’s other results on the day included an all Pella battle for third between Caleb Briggs and Josh Roozeboom which would see Briggs win 8-4 while Geordie Laidlaw took fifth for the Pella JV.
In doubles play, Cameron Rowe and Andrew Wogen would take eighth place for the Dutch’s JV team.
Oskaloosa was also in attendance at the invitational, taking seventh with 15 points.
Sage Cochran and Khydin Yang would compete in singles play for the Indians. Both would bounce back after first round losses to win their second matches.
Yang would win a grinder 9-8 (8) before falling 8-4 in the next round to end his day. Cochran won 8-2 before edging out a 9-8 (3) win to get into the seventh place match. Cochran would lose a tough battle 9-7 to take eighth.
In doubles, Oskaloosa had the teams of Dalton Ames and Cale Holmberg and Andrew Quang and Wes Wilcox.
Ames and Holmberg started their day with an 8-4 win before falling to the eventual champions from Pella 8-0 to go to the consolation bracket. They would miss out on placing by one match as they would fall 8-2 in their next match. Quang and Wilcox lost their first two matches and wouldn’t place on the day.
Oskaloosa (0-3) travels for a makeup dual against Centerville (2-2) on Monday at 4:15 p.m. while No. 2 (1A) Pella (5-0) will go to Norwalk (1-5) on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.
1. Pella (140), 2. Boone (130), 3. Pella JV (80), 4. Waterloo Columbus (60), 5. Ft. Madison (50), 6. Grinnell (45), 7. Oskaloosa (15)