Monday’s Little Hawkeye Conference girls and boys tennis tournaments certainly featured some surprising outcomes, particularly on the girls’ side – where Grinnell knocked off defending champion Pella Christian – while the Pella High boys’ road to victory was unexpectedly lopsided.
In the girls’ standings, Pella Christian finished with 34 points, 10 behind Grinnell. Just as much of a surprise was the Knoxville girls finishing in third place with 32 points, while the Pella High girls finished lower than expected at 7th place with 19 points.
Knoxville’s decision to stack their doubles teams was key, as the Panthers’ team of Emily Lee and Kassie Griggs was victorious in Flight One doubles, and teammates Paige Spowart and Taylor Carter claimed the top spot in Flight Two doubles. Pella Christian’s points came from a trio of third-place finishes and one fourth place finish. The top finish for the Pella High girls came in the form of a fourth-place finish by Morgan Ernst at Flight Two singles.
On the boys’ side, Pella looked dominant, winning three out of the four flights and earning second in the other. Jamison Roozeboom earned the Little Hawkeye Conference crown at Flight Two singles, while the tandems of Brannon Johnson and David Lapthorn, and Tom Palmer and Aaron Van Maanen were too strong for the opposition, as they also earned league titles.
The Knoxville boys finished in 6th place in the team standings, led by a fourth place finish in Flight One singles by Brandon Iddings, while Pella Christian took seventh behind the duo of Nick Dahm and Micah Zantingh.
1. Grinnell 44
2. Pella Christian 34
3. Knoxville 32
4. Newton 28
5. Oskaloosa 21
6. Norwalk 20
7. Pella 19
Flight 1 Singles:
1st place: Amanda Stefanik-Oskaloosa
2nd place: Michaela Pearson-Norwalk
3rd place: Ellie Havlik-Grinnell
4th place: Aubrey Else-Pella Christian
5th place: Jesse Ryal-Pella
6th place: Krystal Mapes-Newton
7th place: Jenn Adrian-Knoxville
Flight 1 Doubles:
1st place: Emily Lee/Kassie Griggs-Knoxville
2nd place: Chelsey Youngman/Jackie Johnson-Grinnell
3rd place: Megan VanKooten/Paige Engbers-Pella Christian
4th place: Katelyn Camp/Katelin Klyn-Newton
5th place: Zoe Vermeer/Tiffany Carter-Pella
6th place: Megan Dursky/Jenna Stewart-Oskaloosa
7th place: Abby Hamilton/Kenzie Haskin-Norwalk
Flight 2 Singles:
1st place: Lily Hamilton-Grinnell
2nd place: Jennifer Ventling-Newton
3rd place: Kayla DeBruin-Pella Christian
4th place: Morgan Ernst-Pella
5th place: Shamene Norman-Knoxville
6th place: Paige Landstrum-Norwalk
7th place: Elizabeth Stam-Oskaloosa
Flight 2 Doubles:
1st place: Paige Spowart/Taylor Carter-Knoxville
2nd place: Lily Cook/Caprice Honsbruch-Grinnell
3rd place: Jora VanderHart/Jaclyn Kuyers-Pella Christian
4th place: Holly VanderPol/Catlin Combs-Newton
5th place: Haley Andrews/Erin Baack-Norwalk
6th place: Susana Salazar/Kailey Scharff-Oskaloosa
7th place: Joella Gerber/Julia Stuckey-Pella
Pella won the Conference Tournament Team Title.
Flight 1 Singles
Michael Schemm took 2nd place.
Michael defeated Brandon Iddings (Knoxville) 6-0, 6-2, and lost to Will Hamilton 1-6, 0-6 in the finals.
Flight 2 Singles
Jamison Roozeboom took 1st place.
Jamison defeated Matt Strong (Osky) 6-1, 6-3, and Zach Schneider (Grinnell) 6-2, 6-3 in the finals.
Flight 1 Doubles
Brannon Johnson and David Lapthorn took 1st place.
Brannon and David defeated Sam Burt/Kirk Rudolph (Grinnell) 6-2, 6-2, and Aaron Katzureck/Austin LaVelle (Norwalk) 7-5, 6-2 in the finals.
Flight 2 Doubles
Tom Palmer and Aaron Van Maanen took 1st place.
Tom and Aaron defeated Michael Fynaardt/Nick VanBeek (Pella Christian) 6-0, 6-3, Nathan Veldhuizen/Brandon DenHartog (Osky) 7-5, 6-1, and Alec LaVelle/Grant Wright (Norwalk) 2-6, 6-0, 10-5.