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St. Louis powers down Sikeston, Charleston in sectional match

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

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Sikeston's Peter Jones returns a shot during Saturday's sectional match
(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Two St. Louis high school tennis heavyweights were in Sikeston on Saturday for the Class 1 sectional match between District 1 and District 2.

John Burroughs took on Sikeston, while Charleston played Mary Institute-Country Day, with both winners advancing on to the quarterfinal round.

John Burroughs defeated Sikeston 5-0 in one sectional matchup.

"Year in and year out, (Burroughs) is one of the top teams in the state, regardless of class," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "Our guys were excited just to have a chance to play them. They're outstanding up and down the lineup."

Burroughs' Charlie Howard defeated Peter Jones 6-0, 6-1. In the No. 2 spot, Burroughs' Teddy Felker beat Ryne Vickery 6-0, 6-1. In the third position, Burroughs' Ned Sears toppled Marc Leible 6-1, 6-2.

At No. 4, Burroughs' Mikey Geralnik defeated Chris Robey 6-0, 6-1. In the fifth spot, Burroughs' Steven Shaner beat Kyle Weeks 6-2, 6-0.

"They're just a different level," said James. "Typically they've got three or four outstanding players, then their sixth player will be as good as most people around the area."

Sikeston finishes the season with a record of 9-3, placing second in the district.

"I thought it was a pretty good season," said James. "We lost four really good seniors last year and a lot of guys had to play a lot higher than they were used to. We had a lot of fun and they all really improved. I think we should be pretty strong next year."

MICDS defeated Charleston 6-0 in the other sectional match. Like Sikeston, the Bluejays were pleased with their performance, considering the opponent.

"(District 2) is far and away the best district in the state," sad Charleston coach Mitch Baker. "Although some of the scores weren't very close, we were very competitive with them. If the guys work year-round, we can compete with those teams."

Alec Peterson suffered his first loss of the season, falling 3-6, 4-6 to MICDS freshman Jack Levis. His record on the year is 15-1.

"Alec actually had two points to go up 5-2 in that second set," explained Baker. "I don't want to make excuses for him, but he just wasn't on. If he comes out and plays his best tennis (at state), he's got a great shot of coming home with a medal."

In the second spot, MICDS' Will Ferring defeated Kyle Kemp 6-1, 6-0. At No. 3, MICDS' John Burst beat Blake Branum 6-2, 6-3. At No. 4, MICDS' Ian Ferguson defeated Lee Hess 6-3, 6-1. In the fifth spot, MICDS' John O'Keefe beat Derek Hoppe 6-3, 6-3.

In the sixth position, MICDS' James Montoupt beat Jake Garrard 6-0, 6-1.

"If I were a betting man, I would say we played in the sectional with the state champion," said Baker. "We probably already witnessed the state championship match. Those were probably the top two teams in the state right there."

After both sectional matches, John Burroughs defeated MICDS in the quarterfinal round 5-3. Burroughs qualified for state as a team with the victory. They will start play on Thursday at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.

The individual state competition starts on Friday. For Sikeston, the doubles team of Jones and Vickery qualified, as did Leible in the singles competition. For Charleston, Peterson qualified in singles, as did the doubles team of Branum and Hess.