By Jennifer Linder
White Hawks head coach Robert Paul and assistant coach Brent Reinbold learned over the weekend that they were named Section 2A Boys Tennis Coaches of the Year, as voted by section coaches. This recognition follows an outstanding season for the Mound Westonka High School boys tennis team.
After completing the regular season with a 14-2 record and finishing second in the Wright County Conference, the White Hawks moved into section play. First up was the Section 2A Team Tournament and a first-round match at home against Providence Academy on May 16. The White Hawks posted a convincing 7-0 victory and earned a second-round matchup against No. 2-seeded Breck the next day. The White Hawks knew it would be a tough match, and although they put forth their best effort, they were defeated 7-0.
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Next, the boys moved on to individual play at The Blake School on May 25. Representing the White Hawks at singles were juniors Victor Nelson and Reed Kohls. The doubles teams were made up of senior Tony Levens and junior Torsten Lee and eighth-graders Jack Linder and Alex Brown.
Kohls and Linder/Brown lost in the first round. Leven/Lee defeated their opponents from Southwest Christian 6-0, 6-1 in the first round and then lost in the second round to a team from Breck (4-6, 1-6). Nelson won the first round over his Heritage Academy opponent (6-2, 6-0). In the second round, Nelson defeated his opponent from Southwest Christian (4-6, 6-3, 6-4), earning him a place in the May 26 semifinal match, which he lost to the eventual Section 2A Champion from Blake, Jack Barker.
As special recognition for their superior play during the season, Lee (16-4) and Nelson (17-4) were awarded All-Conference honors, and Levens (10-10) and Brown (12-7) earned All-Conference Honorable Mention. With only two graduating seniors, the future looks bright for the White Hawks.