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Boys Tennis: Two Southland players bringing experience to state meet

With 18 state matches under his belt sky is limit for Marian Catholic’s Kyle Scheffers. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

With 18 state matches under his belt, the sky is the limit for Marian Catholic’s Kyle Scheffers. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Boys State Tennis

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday.

WHERE: Various north and northwest suburbs, with Hersey High School in Arlington Heights serving as tournament central.

SOUTHLAND SINGLES ENTRANTS

Andrew: Nick Karczynski (Fr.); De La Salle: Steven Hill (Sr.); Homewood-Flossmoor: Devohn Hall (Soph.); Joliet Catholic: Jack Geissler (Soph.); Lemont: Nick Urban (Jr.); Lincoln-Way Central: Ryan Champlin; Lincoln-Way East: Rohan Piska (Jr.), Nikhil Piska (Fr.); Marian Catholic: Kyle Scheffers (Sr.), Patrick Murday (Sr.); Oak Lawn: Rami Arabi (Sr.); Sandburg: Jonluke Passett (Soph.); Stagg: Brendan Wolan (Jr.), Andre Kohn (Jr.).

SOUTHLAND DOUBLES ENTRANTS

Andrew: Austin Wabi (Jr.) and Alan Wang (Jr.); Chicago Christian: Charlie Blim (Soph.) and Josh Mollema (Sr.); Homewood-Flossmoor: Jeremy Miller (Sr.) and Jesse Myles (Jr.); Illiana Christian: Jason Eberly (Fr.) and Ben Van Til (Sr.); Joliet Catholic: Dominic Bertino (Sr.) and Nate Naal (Sr.) and Ryan Hippman (Sr.) and Dyllan Mattea (Sr.); Lemont: Nathaniel Burner (Jr.) and Joe Ziebell (Sr.); Lincoln-Way East: Tom Emola (Sr.) and Jarek Jozwik (Sr.) and Colin Walsh (Jr.) and Connor VanderGenugten (Jr.); Lincoln-Way North: Sam Knuth (Jr.), Norm Palmer (Jr.); Lockport: Mike Hasler (Jr.) and Pat Piwoni (Jr.); Marian Catholic: Paul Lamb (Sr.) and Sam Roche (Sr.); Oak Forest: Tom Dagenais (Sr.) and Mike Nadeau (Sr.); Sandburg: Jimmy Gradowski (Sr.) and Trent Sichelski (Jr.); Stagg: Muzamil Ali-Khan (Sr.) and Warren Wudtke (Jr.).

Updated: June 30, 2014 12:44PM



There are 29 Southland players who’ll be spread across the north and northwest suburbs in the Boys State Tennis Tournament.

Just two of them, though, are seeded in the top 32.

Marian Catholic’s Kyle Scheffers, who last week dominated the Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional, was seeded in the 9-16 bracket while Lemont’s Nick Urban, who finished third in the Joliet West Sectional, had an impressive enough body of work to earn a seeding in the 17-32 group.

The tournament runs Thursday through Saturday.

Scheffers tasted success as a freshman when he and partner Mitch Zavesky won their first three doubles matches before dropping matches in the fourth round of championship play and the sixth round of consolation play. The two made it to the consolation quarterfinals in 2012 and went 6-2 in state play.

A year ago, Scheffers competed in singles in the postseason and won his first two matches but finished 3-2. Both losses were three-set defeats.

With 18 state matches under his belt, the Trinity College (Conn.)-bound Scheffers won’t be in awe of the surroundings this year.

“I don’t really feel any pressure,” he said. “This is supposed to be the fun year. The first three years are where I felt the most pressure. I was building up and looking ahead. Now I can enjoy it a little more.

“I’m looking forward to putting the south suburbs on the Illinois state map a little bit. It is dominated by the Hinsdales and the New Triers. Hopefully, I can make a name for myself as well.”

Urban also has plenty of state experience, finishing 3-2 and reaching the fourth round consolation bracket as a freshman and going 3-2 and making the fifth round consolation bracket last year.

Other singles players to watch are sectional champs Brendan Wolan, of Stagg, and Rohan Piska, of Lincoln-Way East.

None of the area doubles teams drew seeds this season but those who can do some damage in the state meet are sectional champions Jeremy Miller and Jesse Myles, of Homewood-Flossmoor; Tom Emola and Jarek Joswik, of Lincoln-Way East; Mike Hasler and Pat Piwoni, of Lockport; and Jimmy Gradowski and Trent Sichelski, of Sandburg.

Three area freshmen in the state mix: Andrew’s Nick Karczynski, Lincoln-Way East’s Nikhil Piska and Illiana Christian doubles player Jason Eberly, who is teaming with Ben Van Til.



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