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Kernels split with Huron, Lincoln

Mitchell's Carter Cavanaugh returns a shot during No. 1 doubles action against Sioux Falls Lincoln on Monday at Hitchcock Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell High School boys tennis team continued to hold serve against Eastern South Dakota Conference teams, but couldn't stop the top team in the state on Monday.

The Kernels defeated ESD foe Huron 9-0, but fell to No. 1 Sioux Falls Lincoln 6-3 at Hitchcock Park. Mitchell is now 15-4 overall and 10-0 in the ESD.

MHS coach Pat Moller said knocking off the Tigers will be big come ESD tournament time, while facing the Patriots was a good measuring stick for the Kernels.

"We lost a couple of close matches, but overall we are pretty close to them," Moller said about facing Lincoln. "If we put things together the right way in the state tournament, I think we are good enough to beat them. We just have to play at our highest level as we approach the postseason."

Mitchell's Carter Cavanaugh (Flight No. 2 singles) picked up a 6-1, 7-6 (10) win over Lincoln's Gage Gohl.

"(Cavanaugh) started out quick and got that first set pretty easily," Moller said. "Lincoln, like they always do, they made some adjustments and Carter was able to adjust with them and pull that second set out."

Mitchell's Baley Miller (Flight No. 4 singles) defeated Lincoln's James Yousef, 6-3, 6-0. Kade Clark and Garret Johnson (Flight No. 3 doubles) accounted for Mitchell's other win against Lincoln.

Against the Tigers, Mitchell won all its matches convincingly.

"It is kind of one of those matches that we don't have anything to gain and a lot to lose because we already beaten them earlier in the year," Moller said. "Huron is a young team and certainly improving. So it was good to see us hold their spots there."

The Kernels play today in the Yankton Triangular against the Bucks and Brandon Valley.

"If we can have a solid day (today) with our ESD opponents, we should have some pretty good seeds for the ESD tournament," Moller said.

The ESD tournament is Thursday in Aberdeen.

Mitchell 9, Huron 0

Singles: No. 1: Jared Suelflow (M) def. Brenden Schlader (H) 6-0, 6-3; No. 2: Carter Cavanaugh (M) def. Reese Uecker (H) 6-2, 6-1; No. 3: Adam Loes (M) def. Kevin Baltzer (H) 6-2, 6-0; No. 4: Baley Miller (M) def. Eh Dah (H) 6-1, 6-0; No. 5: Kade Clark (M) def. Roger Puterbaugh (H) 6-1, 6-0; No. 6: Ryan Bergeson (M) def. Eh Kalu (H) 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles: No. 1: Suelflow/Cavanaugh (M) def. Schlader/Uecker (H) 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Loes/Miller (M) def. Puterbaugh/Tyrese Theus (H) 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Clark/Garret Johnson (M) def. Kalu/Moo Sher Say (H) 6-2, 6-4.

Sioux Falls Lincoln 6, Mitchell 3

Singles: No. 1: Sam Dobbs (SFL) def. Suelflow (M) 6-3, 6-0; No. 2: Cavanaugh (M) def. Gage Gohl (SFL) 6-1, 7-6 (10); No. 3: Graham Leonard (SFL) def. Loes (M) 6-0, 6-1; No. 4: Miller (M) def. James Yousef (SFL) 6-3, 6-0; No. 5: Landon Deboer (SFL) def. Clark (M) 6-1, 6-1; No. 6: Gavin Schmit (SFL) def. Bergeson (M) 6-0, 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1: Dobbs/Gohl (SFL) def. Suelflow/Cavanaugh (M) 6-1, 6-4; No. 2: Leonard/Yousef (SFL) def. Loes/Miller (M) 7-5, 5-7, 11-9; No. 3: Clark/Johnson (M) def. Deboer/Schmidt (SFL) 7-5, 6-4.