Panthers’ Binversie duo earns state medal


MATT PRIMOZIC of Plymouth serves to Luke Utrie of Appleton Xavier in a second-round singles match Friday at the state tennis tournament. – Photo by Lisa Binversie MATT PRIMOZIC of Plymouth serves to Luke Utrie of Appleton Xavier in a second-round singles match Friday at the state tennis tournament. – Photo by Lisa Binversie MADISON – Gabe and Gavin Binversie of Plymouth earned a fifth-place medal Saturday in doubles play at the Division 2 boys state tennis tournament at UW-Madison’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The Binversie brothers won their fifth-place match over Brookfield Academy’s Michael Rajchel and Jason Tan, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. It’s believed that the Binversies’ finish is the highest ever for a Panther boys flight at state. The top-six finishers at state won medals.

Gabe and Gavin were 4-1 in the state meet and posted a 22-8 season record.

Also competing for the Panthers was junior Matt Primozic who tied for seventh in the singles competition. Primozic finished 2-2 in the state tourney and 20-6 on the season. He was one win away from placing fifth or sixth after he lost to Noah Colletti of Edgewood Sacred Heart, 1-6, 6-4, 5-7 in the consolationbracket semifinals.


GABE BINVERSIE of Plymouth prepares to serve while brother, Gavin, awaits at the net in their fifth-place doubles match Saturday at the state tennis meet. – Photo by Lisa Binversie GABE BINVERSIE of Plymouth prepares to serve while brother, Gavin, awaits at the net in their fifth-place doubles match Saturday at the state tennis meet. – Photo by Lisa Binversie The Howards Grove Tigers were represented at state by the senior doubles team of Andrew Reinemann and Zach Fritz. The duo bowed out of the meet with a tough, first-round loss. Lakeland’s Nick Garcia and Levi Herrick outlasted Reinemann and Fritz, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 (10-8 match tiebreaker won by Lakeland). The Tiger team finished the year 13-6.

“A great weekend for the Plymouth boys tennis team,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“An awesome job by the [Binversie] brothers to finish at one spot ahead of their seeding. I’m really proud of all the guys on a great state tournament.”

The Binversies won their first- and second-round matches Thursday and Friday, respectively, in straight sets. In Friday’s quarterfinals, they lost to the eventual state champions in Zach Schneck and Andrew Buchanan of the University School of Milwaukee, 3-6, 4-6.

“We knew they [Binversies] would have to be at their best to win [against Schneck and Buchanan] but good players take you out of your game and the USM tandem were just better on the day. It was a close match and we just couldn’t find a way to break through,” said Sedlacek.

The Panther duo bounced back for the loss with a sweep in the consolation-bracket semifinals over Green Bay Notre Dame’s Isaac Hingtgen and Jake Lebreck, 6-4, 6-4. The win advanced the Binversies to the fifth-place match.

Primozic won his first two matches in straight sets before falling to Kohler’s Casey Johnson in the quarterfinals, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6. Johnson went on to place third.

“It was a battle the whole way, with both players having to work extremely hard for every point, but Casey was able to get a final break of serve and win the match,” said the PHS coach.

“I’m really proud of how Matthew played — a valiant effort for sure,” said Sedlacek.


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