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Class B tennis: Elkhorn Mount Michael edges Skutt for team title, Isaac Gart earns individual crown

Class B tennis: Elkhorn Mount Michael edges Skutt for team title, Isaac Gart earns individual crown

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LINCOLN — Elkhorn Mount Michael coach Chase Petersen’s mother taught him everything he knows about playing and coaching tennis, he said Friday after the Knights claimed the Class B boys state title at Woods Tennis Center.

Except it was Petersen’s Knights who edged the Omaha Skutt team coached by his mother, Sheryl Vaughn, 50.125-49 for the team title.

“Shame on me,” Vaughn said. “I’m very thrilled. Obviously, I love my kids and it’s heartbreaking because I have a senior that I really wanted to do well. ... It came down to the wire like it has many times before. It just wasn’t ours to win this year, I guess.”

Mount Michael claimed the title in a head-to-head match at No. 2 doubles against Omaha Skutt, with the Knights’ Colin Eich and Erik Kaps beating top-seeded Gavin Brummund and Avelino Hanmer 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

“I’m proud of them because it is their first showing at state,” Petersen said. “That’s pretty cool to come back and show up today for their team."

The Knights led 44.125-44 heading into the finals. Skutt, however, took the team lead after the SkyHawks’ Asher Kula and Justice Hanmer won the No. 1 doubles championship 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 over Mount Michael’s William Mallisee and Ethan Pentel.

Issac Gart added his second No. 1 singles championship for Mount Michael with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Nebraska City’s Federico Maccari. Connor Barrett finished as runner-up for Skutt at No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to top-seeded Mason Michaelis of McCook, a result that helped decide the team race.

Mount Michael won its first team title since 2015. Skutt was seeking its first since 2004 when Petersen played for the SkyHawks.


Team scoring: Elkhorn Mount Michael 50.125, Omaha Skutt 49, Nebraska City 30, Grand Island Central Catholic 27.25, McCook 25, Lincoln Christian 20.75, York 19.5, Beatrice 19, Crete 16, Kearney Catholic 16, Scottsbluff 15.25, Waverly 12.25, Adams Central 12, Lexington 12, Ralston 10, Elkhorn North 8, Hastings 8, Gering 6, Holdrege 4.125, Omaha Brownell Talbot/Omaha Concordia 4, South Sioux City 4, Elkhorn 2, Omaha Gross 2, Omaha Roncalli 2, Alliance 0.

Individual results: No. 1 singles: Semifinals — Isaac Gart, EMM, def. Aidan McDowell, C, 6-1, 6-0. Federico Maccari, NC, def. Robert Seaton, OS, 7-6, 6-0. Champ — Gart def. Maccari, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Third — Seaton def. McDowell, 6-1, 6-0. Fifth — Andrew Hammer, Y, def. Isaac Hinze, MC, 8-3. No. 2 singles: Semifinals — Mason Michaels, MC, def. Daniel Bernhardsen, LC, 6-1, 6-1. Connor Barrett, OS, def. Clay Stovall, NC, 6-3, 6-3. Champ — Michaelis def. Barrett, 6-0, 6-1. Third — Bernhardson def. Stovall, 6-3, 6-0. Fifth — Emmett Heiss, Y, def. Bowdie Fox, GICC, 8-1. No. 1 doubles: Semifinals — Asher Kula-Justice Hanmer, OS, def. Blake Thiele-Kade Schrock, KC, 6-4, 6-2. William Mallisee-Ethan Pentel, EMM, def. Jackson Farias-Jackson Henry, GICC, 6-4, 6-4. Champ — Kula-Hanmer def. Mallisee-Pentel, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Third — Farias-Henry def. Thiele-Schrock, 6-2, 6-4. Fifth — Lincoln Frank-Porter Robbins, S, def. Colt Dittbrenner-Lincoln Freitag, B, 8-4. No. 2 doubles: Semifinals — Gavin Brummund-Avelino Hanmer, OS, def. Koby Bales-Jonathan Schardt, GICC, 7-5, 6-3. Colin Eich-Erik Kaps, EMM, def. Joel Miller-Nathaniel Miller, MC, 6-4, 6-1. Champ — Eich-Kaps def. Brummund-Hanmer, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-5. Third — Miller-Miller def. Bales-Schardt, 6-1, 6-7 (1), 6-4. Fifth — Ty Dittbrenner-Max Meyer, B, def. Ethan Ramirez-Aaron Schaff, S, 8-4.