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    How Watertown, Aberdeen Central tennis teams finished in Class AA state finals

    By Roger Merriam, Watertown Public Opinion,

    28 days ago

    RAPID CITY — Sioux Falls Lincoln rolled to a 10th-straight team championship and Watertown finished sixth in the state Class AA boys tennis tournament that concluded on Friday.

    Lincoln topped the 14-team field with 555.5 points. Watertown took sixth at 195.5 and Aberdeen Central 11th with 49.5.

    Singles champions were Rocky McKenzie of Lincoln, first flight; Harold Mayer of Sioux Falls Washington, second flight; River McKenzie of Sioux Falls Lincoln, third flight; Christopher Tao of Sioux Falls Lincoln, fourth flight; Samuel Hayden of O'Gorman, fifth flight; and Connor Husser of Sioux Falls Lincoln, sixth flight.

    Rocky McKenzie and Drew Gohl (first flight) and River McKenzie-Ronan Hartwig (second flight) won doubles titles for Lincoln. Hayden and August Jackson of O'Gorman won the third flight.

    Matthew Bertsch notched a third-place finish in the sixth flight of singles to lead Watertown. Justin Remmers took fourth at No. 4 and Evan Meester sixth at No. 2. Sneden-Evan Meester (first flight) and Remmers-Skyler Stanton (second flight) each were sixth in doubles.

    Final Team Scores

    Sioux Falls Lincoln 555.5, O'Gorman 428, Sioux Falls Washington 383.5, Yankton 273, Harrisburg 264, Watertown 195.5, Mitchell 187.5, Brandon Valley 167.5, Sioux Falls Jefferson 68.5, Aberdeen Central 49.5, Brookings 26, Rapid City Central 19, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 0.

    Watertown Results

    Curtis Sneden (No. 1 Singles) — Lost Zachary Briggs, Yankton, 10-3 in fifth-place semifinals.

    Evan Meester (No. 2 Singles) — Def. Max Phares, RC Stevens, 10-3 in fifth-place semifinals; lost to Maverik Ragon, Harrisburg, 10-4. Sixth place.

    Justin Remmers (No. 3 Singles) — Lost to River McKenzie, SF Lincoln, 6-0, 6-0 in semifinals; lost to Jacob Morgans, SF Washington, 10-2. Fourth place.

    Jacob Meester (No. 4 Singles) — Def. Aric Tennant, Aberdeen Central, 10-3 in consolation semifinals; lost to Carter Kemmis, SF Jefferson, 10-6 in consolation championship.

    Skyler Stanton (No. 5 Singles) — Lost to Gavin Stone, Brandon Valley, 10-9 (4) in fifth-place semifinals.

    Matthew Bertsch (No. 6 Singles) — Lost 6-0, 6-1 to August Jackson, O'Gorman, in semifinals; def. Asher Dannenbring, Mitchell, 10-6, Third place.

    Opening-Day Highlights: Remmers, Bertsch advance to semifinal singles' matches to lead Arrows on first day

    Sneden-E. Meester (No. 1 Doubles) — Lost to Briggs-Krajewski, Yankton, 10-9 (5). Sixth place.

    Remmers-Stanton (No. 2 Doubles) — Lost to Mauszyckci-Loken, Mitchell, 10-4.. Sixth place.

    J. Meester-Sam Karst (No. 3 Doubles) — Lost to Star-Thompson, Mitchell, 10-8 in fifth-place semifinals.

    Aberdeen Central Results

    AJ Prehn (No. 1 Singles) — Lost to Jager Juracek, Mitchell, 10-5 in consolation semifinals.

    Mason Ligon (No. 2 Singles) — Lost to Maverik Ragon, Harrisburg, 10-1 in fifth-place semifinals.

    Dawson Pederson (No. 3 Singles) — Lost to Charlie Erickson, SF Jefferson, 10-2 in consolation semifinals.

    Aric Tennant (No. 4 Singles) — Lost to Jacob Meester, Watertown, 10-3 in consolation semifinals.

    Mika Dannen (No. 5 Singles) — Lost to Vinny Robbenolt, RC Stevens, 10-8 in consolation semifinals.

    Prehn-Mason Ligon (No. 1 Doubles) — Lost to Segrist-Phares, RC Stevens, 10-9 (4) in consolation championship.

    D. Pederson-Brock Anderson (No. 3 Doubles) — Lost to Vandewater-Kemmis, SF Jefferson, 10-4 in consolation championship.

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    This article originally appeared on Watertown Public Opinion: How Watertown, Aberdeen Central tennis teams finished in Class AA state finals

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