OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Stillwater boys’ tennis team closed out its regular season on Wednesday with a 7-0 Suburban East Conference loss to Mounds View at Stillwater Area High School.
The Ponies (1-8 SEC, 3-9), who opened Section 4AA play with a victory over St. Paul Central on Tuesday, finished ninth in the conference standings.
Stillwater’s closest matches came at first singles and third doubles. Mitch Johnson fell to Jakob Bartels 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 singles while Stone Xiong and Steig Peterson dropped a 3-6, 6-4, (10-5) decision against David Le and Gabe Dargis at No. 3 doubles.
“They were very good, as expected,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said of the Mustangs. “We had good, competitive matches at first singles and third doubles, but they were awfully strong in between.”
l Also on Wednesday, Stillwater’s Riley Hollerbach dropped an exhibition singles match 6-7 (7-5), 6-1, (7-5) and the team of Jonathan Luk and Jack Leach lost a doubles match by the score of 6-4, 6-0.
Mounds View 7, Stillwater 0
No. 1 — Jakob Bartels (MV) def. Mitch Johnson, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 2 — Jake Trondson (MV) def. Nick Rheinberger, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 3 — Hunter Krebsbach (MV) def. Daniel Ahrendt, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 4 — CJ Lloyd (MV) def. Brian Treacy, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — Griffin Anderson-Austin Wiegert (MV) def. Nate Anderson-Matt Treacy, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 — Henry Morris-Carter Jones (MV) def. Brady Tynen-John Talbot, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 — David Le-Gabe Dargis (MV) def. Stone Xiong-Steig Peterson, 3-6, 6-4, (10-5).
Stillwater 4, St. Paul Central 3
At Oak Park Heights, after three previous losses in one-point matches, the Stillwater boys’ tennis team prevailed with a 4-3 victory over St. Paul Central in Tuesday’s Section 4AA match at Stillwater Area High School.
The eighth-seeded Ponies (3-8) swept the three doubles matches and picked up a critical singles point from Kurt Patterson at the fourth spot — a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Jack Tuttle.
“We live to see another day,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “Doubles came through for us and Kurt Patterson was able to win the clutch fourth point for us. It made watching the marathon third singles match a lot less stressful.”
The match had already been decided by the time Central’s Tony Howard closed out a 6-4, 6-7 (8-6), (10-5) victory over Daniel Ahrendt at third singles.
The Ponies did not lose a set in doubles. Nate Anderson and Brian Treacy prevailed 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles while Brady Tynen and John Talbot notched a 6-1, 6-3 win at the second spot. Then at third doubles, Riley Hollerbach and Steig Peterson lost just one game in a victory over Will Bruggemann and Henry Theis-Micek.
Stillwater advances to face top-seeded Mahtomedi in the section quarterfinals on Thursday.
Stillwater 4, St. Paul Central 3
No. 1 — Cason Hiers (SPC) def. Mitch Johnson, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Vinny Kennedy (SPC) def. Nick Rheinberger, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 3 — Tony Howard (SPC) def. Daniel Ahrendt, 6-4, 6-7 (8-6), (10-5).
No. 4 — Kurt Patterson (St) def. Jac Tuttle, 6-3, 7-5.
No. 1 — Nate Anderson-Brian Treacy (St) def. Simon Lancaster-Jonas Taghavi, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 — Brady Tynen-John Talbot (St) def. Evan Holmes-Elias Hofrenning, 6-1, 6-3.
No. 3 — Riley Hollerbach-Steig Peterson (St) def. Will Bruggemann-Henry Theis-Micek, 6-1, 6-0.