Parker tennis captures title at Elkhorn subsectional
Janesville Parker High School will have its eyes on a WIAA Division 1 girls state team tennis berth in a sectional tournament Wednesday at Lake Geneva Badger.
The Vikings posted six winners (3 doubles, 3 singles) and earned 22 points for first place Monday in the subsectional at Elkhorn. Madison La Follette earned 20 points with five winners (3 singles, 2 doubles) in the subsectional at Watertown, which plays into the Badger Sectional.
Subsectional points carry over to determine the sectional champion, which qualifies for the Oct. 22-23 state team tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
The top four sectional finishers in Flight 1 singles and doubles, along with the Flight 2 champions, qualify for the Oct. 14-16 state individual tournament, also at Nielsen Stadium.
For the moment, the subsectional was something for Parker to enjoy.
"It makes us feel wonderful," Parker coach Justin Long said. "We've worked hard, and we took a big hurdle. We have to complete the task on Wednesday."
Parker also has the potential to send one singles player and two doubles teams to the individual state meet.
The Vikings' Flight 1 doubles team of Maddie Thiesen and Kristin Zielinger (19-4), Flight 2 doubles team of Kim Amundson and Danielle Boyd (17-7), and Lauren Brooks (16-8) in Flight 2 singles can earn state berths.
Parker's Becky Harmata defeated Craig's Sarah Gray, 6-3, 6-0 in Flight 3 singles to advance to the sectional. Terri Harmata of the Vikings won a Flight 4 singles qualifying match.
Parker's Melanie Whitescarver and Gretchen Genrich advanced in Flight 3 doubles.
While the Flight 3 and 4 sectional winners do not advance to state, the matches are key to advancing to the state team meet.
"It's team first," Long said. "Everyone knows their role.''
Meanwhile, Janesville Craig earned 12 points for third place in the subsectional. The Cougars' Flight 1 doubles team of Maggie Bolton and Taylor Storbakken (19-7), and the Flight 2 duo of Cearra Sroda and Minaliza Shahlapour (19-5) can earn individual state berths. Craig's Courtney Spiegler defeated Delavan-Darien's Tara Kangas, 6-2, 6-2, to advance in Flight 4 singles.
Milton advanced one singles and one doubles team into individual state-berth contention at the subsectional in Watertown.
The Red Hawks' Marianne Moser advanced in Flight 1 singles. Brook Negus and Megan Burandt earned a shot at state in Flight 1 doubles.
Negus and Burandt face Craig's Bolton and Storbakken at Badger for an individual state berth. The Craig duo defeated the Milton pair, 6-4, 6-1, in nonconference play last week.
"It was 6-4, 6-1, which is not completely convincing, but pretty convincing," Craig coach Bill Peyer said.
Cricket Geldermann of Lake Geneva Badger and Bryanne Blanton of Elkhorn won Flight 1 singles matches. Blanton defeated Kelly Collins of Craig, 6-3, 6-1.