BOONE - The Ballard boys’ tennis team dropped a gut-wrenching 6-5 battle to rival Boone April 24 at Boone.


The two teams split the six singles matches. But Boone claimed three of the five doubles confrontations, with a tight win in the No. 4 match making the difference.


Jacob Sterenberg and Connor Patterson rallied to defeat Ballard’s team of Peyton Culp and Nathan Wuestenberg in the No. 4 doubles match. Culp and Wuestenberg took the first set, 6-3, but the Boone team came back with a 7-5 win in the second set and claimed the ultimate tiebreaker by a 10-5 margin.


Ballard’s Chase Winterboer and Colin Anderson knocked off Boone’s Jackson Zehr and Cody Frame in the No. 2 doubles match, 7-5 and 6-3. Carter Harms and Codey Erickson won the No. 5 doubles match over Boone’s Mitchell Moore and Levi Patterson in straight sets with a pair of 6-2 victories.


In singles play, Max Olsan won the No. 2 match over Zehr, 6-2 and 6-3. Winterboer claimed a pair of 7-5 victories over Corbin Wafful in the No. 3 match and Anderson swept Frame in the No. 4 match with two 6-3 victories.


The loss put Ballard at 4-2 on the season.


Boone 6, Ballard 5


Singles: 1. Mason Hulse (Bo) defeated Caleb Hamerlinck (Ball); 6-2, 6-1. 2. Max Olsan (Ball) defeated Jackson Zehr (Bo); 6-2, 6-3. 3. Chase Winterboer (Ball) defeated Corbin Wafful (Bo); 7-5, 7-5. 4. Colin Anderson (Ball) defeated Cody Frame (Bo); 6-3, 6-3. 5. Jimmy Boustead (Bo) defeated Jacob Alden (Ball); 6-2, 6-3. 6. Jackson Smith (Bo) defeated Tanner DeMaris (Ball); 6-4, 6-1.


Doubles: 1. Hulse and Wafful (Bo) defeated Hamerlinck and Olsan (Ball); 7-6, 6-3. 2. Winterboer and Anderson (Ball) defeated Zehr and Frame (Bo); 7-5, 6-3. 3. Boustead and Smith (Bo) defeated Alden and DeMaris (Ball); 6-3, 6-4. 4. Jacob Sterenberg and Connor Patterson (Bo) defeated Nathan Wuestenberg and Peyton Culp (Ball); 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5). 5. Codey Erickson and Carter Harms (Ball) defeated Mitchell Moore and Levi Patterson (Bo); 6-2, 6-2.