By Jenny Linder
Mound Westonka High School boys tennis wrapped up team play for the season with a very busy final week.
First up for the White Hawks was a makeup match against Providence Academy on May 16. The Westonka singles players came out strong with all four claiming victories for a team win of 4-3. Leading off at first singles, junior Tony Levens won 6-2, 6-1. Sophomore Victor Nelson had a close match at second singles, winning 6-1, 7-6. Sophomore Reed Kohls at third singles won his match 6-3, 6-1. At fourth singles, seventh-grader Jack Linder completed the White Hawks’ singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Photos of the Providence Academy match by Sarah Reinhardt
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On May 17, the team headed north for another makeup match against Becker. The White Hawks lost 2-5 but posted wins in two closely fought doubles matches. The second doubles team of seniors Alex LaFortune and Jack Reinhardt won 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. Seventh-grader Alex Brown and junior Andrew LaFortune won at third doubles, 2-6, 7-6, 11-9. The exhibition doubles team of seniors Alex Turner and Weston Boser also won in a tiebreaker, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4.
The White Hawks entered the Section 2A Team Tournament on May 18 seeded No. 4 and took on Delano at home. The team came out strong against the Tigers and won 5-2. Winning for the White Hawks were Levens at first singles, 6-0, 6-2; Kolhs at third singles, 6-0, 6-3; and Linder at fourth singles, 6-2, 6-0. Victories at doubles came from senior Sam Abegglen and sophomore Torsten Lee at first doubles, 6-7, 6-2, 10-8; and Alex LaFortune and Reinhardt at second doubles, 6-1, 6-2. The following day, the White Hawks traveled to No. 1-seeded Blake, where they were knocked out of Team Sections by the Bears, 0-7.
Photos of the Section 2A opener by Sarah Reinhardt
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The White Hawks finished the season with an 8-8 overall record and were 2-4 in conference play. The White Hawks JV team ended its season with an impressive 10-1 record, with their only defeat being a 3-4 loss early in the season to Chanhassen.
The White Hawks will graduate five seniors this spring: Abegglen, Alex LaFortune, Reinhardt, Turner and Boser. Coaches Rob Paul and Brent Reinbold are confident that some of their promising younger players will step up to fill in the void, and they look forward to a competitive season next year.