The Sheboygan North tennis team took third place in the conference this season after winning the title last year for the first time since 2007.
The Golden Raiders, coming off a 9-0 campaign in the Fox River Classic, finished 7-2 after losing to champion De Pere and runner-up Ashwaubenon this season.
“Finishing third is a great accomplishment for such a young team, with six sophomores and one freshman starting for varsity,” North coach Andrew Bayliss said.
“Ashwini’s (Murthy) leadership and experience has been a huge factor for us. Her and Cadi (Zhang) have set the tone at No. 1 doubles with great energy and intensity, and that has been contagious throughout the team.”
The Golden Raiders entered sectionals this week with a 16-9 overall record and five-match winning streak.
Murthy and Zhang were 19-6, while Louisa Damkot was 14-9 at No. 1 singles and Cordelia Damkot was 20-4 at No. 2.
South update: The Redwings ended with a 1-7 mark in the FRCC (one contest was rained out) but did win all four non-conference matches.
Senior Camila Trimberger (No. 4 singles) and junior Sara Miesner (No. 2) each had nine wins overall to lead the squad.
Seven seniors, however, have to be replaced.
“I’m so proud of them for finishing the regular season with a victory over Bay Port (last week),” Redwings’ coach Peter Kautzer said. “They came ready to play and they earned that conference win.
“Our junior varsity team is young and they had a great season. I enjoyed their enthusiasm and joy for the game.”
Fourth-place for North/South: The squad almost took third place again.
Instead, it had to settle for fourth in the Fox River Classic Championship, just one point behind De Pere.
Junior Taylor Peper’s round of 83 at Wander Springs put her in a fifth-place tie.
Sophomore Ava Wittstock and junior Zjeneexa Vang tied for 12th (87), and were followed by Kenyon Place (94) and Hannah Miller (98).
Last year, Vang finished third, Peper placed sixth and Wittstock was 12th.
Christian/Lutheran rolling: The team is 5-1-2 in the Big East Conference and trails co-leaders Kohler and Oostburg by three points after not losing since Sept. 7.
Since competing that day in the South Invitational, Christian/Lutheran is 6-0-1.
“We haven’t lost in nearly a month, and our one tie was a hard-fought game against Oostburg, 0-0,” coach Dan Opponeer said. “We have worked through some changes in our formations and feel really well set up for the last few weeks of the season. We have two tough non-conference matchups against two of the top teams in our division, which will be a good test heading into playoffs.”
North 124, South 39: The Golden Raiders won the dual, as Katie Spence, Gigi Gotzmer and Julie Renzelmann each won two events. Victoria Stonehouse and Molly Reichelsdorfer each took first as well.