The Rhinelander High School boys' tennis team closed out their regular season schedule winning their home triangular with a pair of wins over Ashland and D.C. Everest at the RHS tennis courts on Tuesday evening. The Hodags were also without two senior starters Bridger Flory and Freddy Wisner who competed at conference track in Minocqua.
In the first match, Rhinelander would cruise to a 5-2 victory over the Evergreens and closed the night edging Ashland 4-3 even with their altered lineup. Senior Ian Conkey filled in for Wisner at No. 3 singles and would earn wins in both matches. First Conkey rallied back from being down 4-6 in the first set against Simon Bocoun of D.C. Everest and closed the three-setter 7-6, 6-3. Conkey finished strong and blanked Garrett Kabasa of Ashland 6-0, 6-0.
While at No. 3 doubles Zach Thompson and Jack DeNamur split the day with sophomore teammate William Berwig and both picked up straight set wins. First Thompson/Berwig defeated Robby Alston and Collin Neuser of D.C. Everest 6-1, 6-2. And against Ashland’s Logan Huting and Jason Van Horn, Berwig/De Namur picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Freshmen Luke Ring and Elijah Evers went 2-0 on the evening which included a close three-setter against Ashland in their opening match. In a slow start, Evers/Ring fell 2-6 to Kyle Sapper and Rhett Hopper but clawed back to win 6-4 and force the third set. From there Evers/Ring won 10-7 to take the match. In their final match Ring/Evers had a much easier time as they cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Keval Patel and Mortchee Vang of the Evergreens.
At the top doubles flight, seniors Logan Oestreich and Conner Young split straight-set matches on the evening. First they downed Kole Brecke and Brayton Herwig of the Evergreens 6-1, 6-3. And Young/Oestreich fell to Jared Tollas and Augustin Rasmussen of Ashland.
Senior Russell Benoy started strong against Danny Cornish of D.C. Everest at No. 2 singles to earn a 7-6 first-set win. But would then lose momentum down the stretch and Cornish came back to to 6-1 and force a third set and would win the match and close with another 6-1 win. Then in the second match against Ashland, Zach Thompson filled in at the second singles flight but dropped a three-setter to Devin Sunie. Thompson won the first set 6-3 before dropping the final two 6-3, 10-3.
At the top singles flight, Jacob Weddle ran into some tough competition and went 0-2 on the day. First against Lucas Allen of the Evergreen defeated Weddle 6-4, 7-5. And then Ashland's Carson Honkala also picked up a 6-2, 7-5 straight set win over Weddle.
Bryan La would receive a pair of forfeit wins at No. 4 singles for the Hodags, as D.C. Everest and Ashland both did not have entries.
RHS finished their regular season 15-8 overall and will now prepare for playoffs. The Hodags will compete in the WIAA subsectionals on Monday at Lakeland High School.