The Rhinelander High School boys' tennis once again did not have their team at 100 percent but still pulled through on Monday night to edge Lakeland 4-3 on the road. The Hodags advanced to 5-0 in the Great Northern Conference and won a pair of doubles matches as well as a pair of singles matches in the victory.
Rhinelander again had to bump their top singles player, senior Markus Johnson to No. 2 doubles due to a sore shoulder. This resulted in shifting positions again, and despite dropping the top two singles flights on the evening, they won at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.
Lakeland's No. 1 doubles team of Jack Garcia and Anthony Holmes defeated the Hodags' top doubles team of Connor Young and Jared Haug 6-3, 6-4. The Thunderbirds top duo of Garcia/Holmes also handed RHS their only match loss in their first meeting.
Russell Benoy filled in a No. 1 singles in place of Johnson and fell 6-1, 6-4 to Aaron Peterson. And at No. 2 singles, Rhinelander's Jacob Weddle also fell in straight sets to Matt Holmes (6-3, 7-6).
Normally playing in No. 2 doubles, Jared Fabich moved over to No. 3 singles and was able to cruise to a 6-3, 6-3 victory of Zach Kane of Lakeland. And at No. 4 singles Freddy Wisner defeated Tom Kempinger 6-1, 6-0 and advanced to 5-0 in the conference.
Johnson and Grant Gilbert paired up at No. 2 doubles and charted a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win over Lakeland's Sam Berger and Jayson Krause. And Cade Aschenbrenner and Logan Oestreich also earned a straight set win of 6-1, 6-2 over Josh Kakuschke and Alex Tucker of Lakeland 6-1, 6-2.
Rhinelander advanced to 5-0 in the conference after the GNC dual. The Hodags were originally scheduled to host Pacelli for a doubleheader Wednesday but due to the weather was changed to be played in Stevens Point at Sentry World. RHS will play back-to-back and will then host Antigo on Thursday evening at the RHS tennis courts.