SIKESTON -- Several local netters were successful in Friday's Class 1 District 1 Tennis Championship, held at Sikeston High School.
Sikeston Bulldog No. 1 Stuart Strom had a stellar day, advancing all the way to the singles finals.
Strom began his day defeating Festus's Chandler 6-3, 7-5. Next, Strom knocked off Farmington's David Pang 6-2, 6-1. Strom downed Windsor's hard-spinning Matt Aiello 6-1,6-0 in the semifinals to advance to the finals and automatically qualify for the state tournament.
In the finals, Strom met the tournament's overall No.1 seed in Farmington's Eric Fuemmeler. Fuemmeler was 12-0 on the season entering the tournament. Fuemmeler was in the drivers seat most of the third set, winning 6-3. But Strom gave Fuemmeler perhaps his most serious challenge in the second set, but a late charge by the Farmington netter gave him a tie-break, 7-5 victory and the singles district title.
Although he fell short of the title, the junior Strom was pleased with his outing Friday.
"I am really excited to be going to state," Strom said. "That has been my goal all year. I think I played really well today. Things could have gone either way in the finals, but they just didn't bounce my way."
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