Greiner places second at state

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Greiner places second at state

WATERLOO — North Polk’s Nathan Greiner capped an amazing two-year run in boys’ tennis with a runner-up performance at the Class 1A state singles and doubles meet Friday and Saturday at the Bryne’s Park Tennis Center in Waterloo.

Greiner - the No. 2 seed in the 1A singles state tournament - followed up last year’s third-place showing at state by going 3-1 in the 2016 tournament. Greiner defeated Iowa Falls-Alden’s Caleb Smith, Lemars’ Dylan Harms and Knoxville’s A.J Jackson to reach the finals, where he fell to No. 1 seed Sam Jones of Clear Lake.

“I just want to say it was an amazing senior year and I’m thankful for everyone who was a part of it,” Greiner said. “State this year was a blast and I’m happy I was able to bring something back to North Polk.”

In the first round, Greiner handled Smith by scores of 6-2 and 6-0. Greiner also won his quarterfinal match over Harms in straight sets - 6-0 and 6-1.

Greiner continued to get even more dominant in the semifinals. He scored a pair of 6-0 victories over Jackson to set up the title match with Jones - the defending 1A state champion.

In the championship match, Greiner had no answers for Jones. He suffered a 6-0 loss in the first set, then dropped the second by a 6-3 score to suffer his only loss of the season.

Greiner finished his senior season with a 23-2 singles record and 11-2 doubles mark. He went 51-3 in singles competition over his last two seasons at North Polk.

Ballard had one doubles team compete at state in 1A. The Bomber team of juniors Mark Mosher and Brody Echer went 2-3 at state to place eighth.

In the first round, Mosher and Echer defeated LeMars’ Thomas Havey and Kyle Marek in three sets. Mosher and Echer prevailed by a 6-3 score in the first set, lost by a 6-4 margin in the second, then won the third by a 6-2 margin.

In the quarterfinals Mosher and Echer suffered a loss to Fairfield’s Kai Vessey and Daniel Zhu by scores of 6-2 and 6-4. They came back to win a wild match with Spirit Lake’s Jason Thorn and Ben Wetzler in the consolation second round.

Mosher and Echer came back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to win the second by a 7-6 score after taking a super-tiebreaker by a 10-6 margin. In the third set, Mosher and Echer won a thrilling 15-13 battle in the super-tiebreaker to pull off the victory.

The consolation third round saw Mosher and Echer suffer a pair of 6-1 losses to Boone’s Danny Anderson and Ethan Patterson.

The loss to Anderson and Patterson put Mosher and Echer in the seventh-place match against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Luke Willis and Ryan Willis. The Willis tandem swept Mosher and Echer by scores of 6-2 and 6-1.