The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

May 5, 2014

MSAE wins first round of tennis action in Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — Fairfield Maharishi head boys tennis coach Steve Briggs considered Monday’s dual with Ottumwa a renewal of “the Highway 34 rivalry.”

After watching Sam Stickels, Chandre Morales, Zack Ray and Sam Kramer go at it in the top doubles match, it only made the rivalry even more enjoyable.

“That was as good a doubles match as I’ve seen all year,” Briggs said. “It totally could have gone either way.”

No one was concerned about the team score on Monday afternoon at Dan Staggs Courts, which would finish in favor of the visiting Pioneers by an 8-1 final score. Not when the two best doubles teams were on center stage putting on what observers called "the most highly competitive set of tennis" played this year.

Stickels and Morales exchanged sharp returns and thrilling rallies with Ray and Kramer in a set that needed a long tiebreaker to decide. The MSAE duo were able to stave off set point more than once on the way to a 10-8 win to take a great first set 7-6 on the way to a hard-earned straight set win.

But for all four players on the court, the match only served as a chance to improve each other’s skills. In a match where every point was so competitive, the difference between winning and losing was much closer than the final 7-6, 6-2 score would indicate.

“One or two points decided that match,” Kramer said. “It went their way. It could just as easily have gone our way. That’s what good tennis matches look like.”

Stickels and Morales teamed together for just the third time all season on Monday, moving to 3-0 as a doubles team with wins over West Des Moines Valley and Iowa City High on the resume. It was a great night for both players as Stickels, the third-place finisher in the Class 1A State Singles Tournament, beat Steve Ray 6-1, 6-1 in the top singles match.

Text Only
Sports
  • Prep Baseball Southeast Iowa Superconference All-Conference TeamsSouth DivisionPlayer of the YearGarrett Sanders, JR, Van BurenArea First TeamPitcherRobert Barker, SO, Van BurenBraxton Bainbridge, JR, Van BurenCatcherCody Streeby, JR, CardinalInfieldersGarrett Sau

    July 24, 2014

  • 2014 Iowa High School State Softball Tournament Monday, July 21Class 3A QuarterfinalsNo. 2 East Marshall 4, Mid-Prairie 3No. 9 Bondurant-Farrar 9, No. 13 West Burlington/Notre Dame 4No. 3 Clarke 13, Spirit Lake 0 (3)Greene County 2, No. 6 Center Point-Urbana 0Class 4A QuarterfinalsNo. 1 Dallas Cen

    July 24, 2014

  • Iowa High School State Softball Tournament WednesdayClass 4A Consolation SemifinalsNo. 13 Oskaloosa 3, Clear Creek-Amana 1Class 4A 5th-Place GameNo. 13 Oskaloosa 7, No. 10 West Delaware 2 ThursdayClass 2A SemifinalsNo. 5 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (25-5) vs. No. 1 Highland (33-1) (Diamond 1

    July 24, 2014

  • Monroe Co. softball moves to Central Region semis INDIANAPOLIS — Makenna Ross went 2-3, helping Monroe County Softball to a 4-1 victory over NE-Keystone, Nebraska on Wednesday at Stokley Field in the Little League Softball Central Regional semifinals.Jena Lawrence baffled Keystone, striking out seve

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Sports Ottumwa baseball photo Bulldogs shut out by Valley OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa baseball team ended an adversity-defying season with a disappointing 2-0 loss to West Des Moines Valley in the Class 4A, District 6 Substate finals Wednesday at Legion Memorial Field.A few crucial errors and a dominant pitching

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Sports Fairfield baseball celebration photo Let The Party Begin! FAIRFIELD — In a game with so many of them, perhaps it’s fitting a strikeout started the winning rally.Narendra Martin didn’t let being the 26th batter of the night to strike out get him down. In fact, Martin showed plenty of energy as he took off fo

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bulldogs fall in Substate finals OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa baseball team ended an adversity-defying season with a disappointing 2-0 loss to West Des Moines Valley in the Class 4A, District 6 Substate finals Wednesday at Legion Memorial Field. A few crucial errors and a dominant pitching

    July 23, 2014

  • Area Postseason Baseball Wednesday Class 4A, Substate 6 West Des Moines Valley 2, Ottumwa 0 Class 3A, Substate 6 No. 5 Fairfield 2, No. 7 Centerville 1 (9) Saturday Class 1A State Quarterfinals No. 1 Twin Cedars (33-0) vs. Underwood (23-7), 11 a.m. (Principal Park, Des Moin

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Sports Oskaloosa softball team photo Indians finish fifth at first state softball tourney FORT DODGE — Most coaches have concerns how their teams would react to playing in a consolation game at state tournaments. Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms had similar concerns when his Indians faced West Delaware in the fifth-place game at Dodger Field at

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Sports Davis County track coach photo Mustang track and field coaches honored BLOOMFIELD — Two Davis County track and field coaches reaped the benefits of coaching the Mustang girls to a third-place finish at the Class 2A Track and Field meet and the impressive feats of Davis County shot put virtuoso Kate Birchmier. Davis Cou

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook