McCook Bison boys tennis team blasts North Platte

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

NORTH PLATTE -- The McCook High School boys tennis team improved the team's duel record to 6-2 by winning 6-of-9 varsity matches at North Platte Tuesday.

The Bison won 5-of-6 varsity singles matches. Winning varsity singles matches were Jordan Bass, No. 1, 8-1 over Steve Schmitz; Brad Potthoff, No. 3, 8-3 over Alex Buchek; Brandon Crick, No. 4, 8-6 over Taylor Nguyen; Brett Burton, No. 5, 8-5 over Tyler Brooks; and Harrison Ford, No. 6, 8-6 over Kevin Kennedy.

Joel Putz, at No. 2 singles, lost to North Platte's Ben Fehrman 8-4. The Bulldogs won 2-of-3 varsity doubles matches. Winning for McCook was the No. 3 team of Bass-Potthoff, who defeated Brooks-Kennedy 8-5 . Putz-Crick, at No. 1 doubles, lost to Schmitz-Buchek 8-2. Burton-Ford, No. 2 doubles, lost to Fehrman-Nguyen 8-1.

"It was a great win against a senior-dominated North Platte team," said McCook tennis coach Matt Wiemers. "We got off to a slow start by dropping 2-of-3 doubles matches. Doubles is usually our strongest area, but today (Tuesday), the teams played out of synch. I was pleased with how they responded in singles play, taking 5-of-6 matches. This was a quality win against a good Class A team."

Wiemers said Crick and Bass made great strides during their singles matches.

"Brandon had a gut-check match, He was down 1-5 and battled back to win the match 8-6," he said. "He is a great competitor, but needs to improve his attitude. He gets frustrated and makes some bad decisions and unforced errors. If he could keep his composure and play through those tough moments, he would become a much better competitor. "He plays hard and I'm happy to see have success. He will learn from this experience and continue to improve his game. Jordan continued to play excellent tennis. He played well and dominated his opponent. He has made some adjustments and is playing more efficiently.

"With the changes he has made, he is building more confidence and plays with a better attitude. He has beaten some quality competition, but he will need to continue to raise his level of play."

McCook lost 15-of-16 junior varsity matches to North Platte. Michael Sinclair-Evan Koetter teamed up in doubles to defeat Josh Erlandson-Trevor Milroy 6-3. Dropping singles matches were Andrew Howell, Kasey Clapp, Sinclair, Brian Friehe, Koetter, Mitchell Sellers, Jack Latta and Jarod Olson. Dropping doubles matches were Howell-Clapp, Friehe-Latta (two) and Olson-Sellers (two).

"Our junior varsity struggled all day," Wiemers said. "They played hard and got some great experience, which is our main goal. We have some good prospects that will help us in the seasons to come. We just need to continue to get them on the court and gain experience." Wiemers said the Bison boys tennis squad is having fun this season. Winning doesn't hurt, he added.

"I appreciate the hard work the team has put into the season so far. They are a great team to work with and they are having fun along with their successes. The guys need to continue to work hard and improve fundamentally, as we will face some excellent teams over the next three weeks."

The Bison host Holdrege at 3 p.m. Thursday at the MHS Bison Courts. The schedule lists a 4 p.m. starting time.

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