HUXLEY - Ballard overcame a pair of early singles losses to down North Polk, 9-2, in the boys’ tennis season opener for both programs April 6 at the Ballard Tennis Courts.
North Polk received victories from Evan Moon and Jack Veber in the Nos. 1 and 3 singles matches. Moon topped Ballard’s Mark Mosher by a 10-5 score in the No. 1 match and Veber edged the Bombers’ Max Olsan in the No. 3 match, 10-8.
Ballard’s lone victory in the first three singles matches came in the No. 2 match. Brody Echer knocked off the Comets’ Ben Lehman by a 10-6 score.
Caleb Hamerlinck, Nick Matthews and Colin Anderson turned the tide for Ballard by winning the final three singles matches. Hamerlinck won the No. 4 match over North Polk’s David Brudtkuhl by a 10-1 score, Matthews ousted Brennan Gering by a 10-2 decision in the No. 5 match and Anderson prevailed over Ethan Knight by a 10-4 margin in the No. 6 match.
The Bombers wrapped up the meet victory by winning all five doubles matches. North Polk’s best effort in doubles play came during the No. 5 match as Knight and David Bergren fell to the Bombers’ Nathan Stephany and Zach Begg by a 10-8 score.
Ballard 9, North Polk 2
Singles: 1. Evan Moon (NP) defeated Mark Mosher (B); 10-5. 2. Brody Echer (B) defeated Ben Lehman (NP); 10-6. 3. Jack Veber (NP) defeated Max Olsan (B); 10-8. 4. Caleb Hamerlinck (B) defeated David Brudtkuhl (NP); 10-1. 5. Nick Matthews (B) defeated Brennan Gering (NP); 10-2. 6. Colin Anderson (B) defeated Ethan Knight (NP); 10-4.
Doubles: 1. Mosher and Echer (B) defeated Lehman and Veber (NP); 10-3. 2. Olsan and Hamerlinck (B) defeated Moon and Gering (NP); 10-3. 3. Ryan Carson and Tanner DeMaris (B) defeated Brudtkuhl and Kaden Geyer (NP); 10-4. 4. Chase Winterboer and Seth Wohlgemuth (B) defeated Brady Chiley and Jared Long (NP); 10-1. 5. Nathan Stephany and Zach Begg (B) defeated Knight and David Bergren (NP); 10-8.