southtownstar
SPOTTY 
Weather Updates

Boys Tennis: Marian Catholic’s Kyle Scheffers wins three matches on Day 1 of state tourney

Updated: July 1, 2014 6:33AM



Two singles players and one doubles team representing the Southland remain in play after the first day of the Boys State Tennis Tournament.

Marian Catholic’s Kyle Scheffers was the lone unbeaten player from the Southland. Lemont’s Nick Urban won two matches before losing in the third round, while the Lockport doubles team of Mike Hasler and Pat Piwoni finished 3-1 and reached the fourth round of consolation.

Scheffers opened play with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Carbondale’s Cam McElheny. Scheffers then scored a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Latin’s Adom Dumanian and a 6-2, 6-1 win over Wheaton Warrenville South’s Charlie McDonough.

“The scores didn’t indicate the level of play or the competitiveness of the matches,” Scheffers said. “There were a lot of close points and close games, but I was able to close out a lot of games really well.”

Friday, Scheffers will face Hinsdale Central’s Edward Grabill in the fourth round. Grabill beat his three opponents by a combined score of 24-6 and is seeded 5-8 while Scheffers is seeded 9-16.

“I’ve never played him before but we’re friends and we play at the same club (Score Tennis and Fitness in Countryside) and hit a lot against each other,” Scheffers said. “We’ve known each other for four years. This should be a fun match. He’s very consistent in all parts of the game. I know what to expect.’’

Urban, seeded 17-32, beat Belleville Althoff’s Austin Mueller 6-0, 6-1 and Waubonsie Valley’s Suveer Kothuri before dropping a 6-2, 6-1 decision to New Trier’s Scott Bickel. Bickel was seeded 9-16.

In doubles, Hasler and Piwoni dropped a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1 battle in the second round over Batavia’s Adam Maris and Alex Valesco but recovered to win two more matches.

A majority of the 29 Southland entrants were eliminated after two or three matches Thursday. Eleven went 0-2 and 11 went 1-2.

One of the two-and-done victims was the Illiana Christian doubles team of Jason Eberly and Ben Van Til.

The fact they were able to make the tournament at all was a big step forward for a Vikings program that had not produced a state qualifier since 2003.

“We’ve had these two, and Kent Pitsenberger at singles and James Zandstra,” Illiana coach Neil Zandstra said. “I actually thought at the beginning of the year we had someone who would get to the state meet. We had four players who were good enough to get through. Having a freshman like Jason ... I thought we had a good chance.’’



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.