Tennis team nets a first

Howards Grove Notebook

The Howards Grove/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah tennis team made its debut this season. On Thursday, the squad earned its first Big East Conference victory, 6-1, over Kiel.

“I’m very proud of the girls,” Tigers’ coach Elizabeth Hill said.

All three doubles teams won, including Cassidy Kahl and Caity Schmid, 6-3, 6-2, over Kira Doperalski/Lauren Baumann, to improve to 3-1 in the league.

Erin Schwoerer and Evelyn Speath were victorious at No. 1, and Hannah Elias and Sara Martin won at No. 3.

The winners in singles action were Maggi Elias at No. 2, Ashleigh Brooks at No. 3 and Katie Fritz at No. 4.

Alyssa Tegen lost her match at No. 1 in three sets.

“Alyssa played a very strong match, even being down in the third set, 5-0,” Hill said. “She fought back five straight games to bring the score to 5-5 before sadly losing. I’m very proud of her strength to keep fighting and not give in.”


The Tigers rolled to a 25-5, 25-10, 25-13 season-opening win over Sheboygan Christian on Thursday.

Emily Bruckschen tallied nine kills and three aces, Karissa Kaminski added five kills and four aces, Leah Parnitzke turned in 11 assists and two digs and Myka Roethel ended with seven aces.

“I really like the calmness we played with,” Howards Grove coach Brett Damrow said. “We played with a lot of poise for an early season match. We really controlled our out-of-system and served the correct seams and zones all night.”


A total of 13 runners finished with personal-best times Thursday in the Kiel Invitational, including came in13th John Bell, who place in 18 minutes 19 seconds.

“Simply outstanding,” Howards Grove coach Gary Kalk said. “I thought our team did a great job. This was a big meet, and it can be intimidating standing in the start box surrounded by so many other great runners.”

The Tigers, who took 14th place, also watched Brandon Beeck (20:09), Dustin Eilers (20:51), Jack Lilyquist (20:56) and Carson Moore (23:35) com- pete.

Howards Grove’s top runner was Emma Dehne, who finished 52nd in a career-best 18:51 to lead the Tigers to a 16th-place showing.

Natalie Englebert ended in 19:18, Heather Fry crossed in 20:41, Kalena Wesener’s time was 20:55 and Ellen Froelich finished in 20:59.

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