Wiechert rolls to Midwestern League tennis crown.
Stephen Wiechert dominated the boys singles competition at the Midwestern League district boys tennis championships.
The junior from Churchill concluded an impressive two-day run by beating Mike Kingsley of Sheldon 6-1, 6-0 in the championship match at the Eugene Swim & Tennis Club on Friday afternoon.
"We used to battle back in 14's in USTA but I've picked up my game. I've started to play a lot better - I play a lot of tournaments in the Northwest," said Wiechert.
The top-seeded Wiechert, who defeated Chad Henninger of Sheldon 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals Friday morning, lost just one game in Thursday's first three rounds and lost only three games in five district tournament matches.
"I played well. I didn't serve as well as I would have liked to, but my forehand made up for that and obviously my backhand is strong," Wiechert said. "I've worked hard on and off the court to get stronger."
Though most of the match was played from the baseline, Wiechert also won points by being the aggressor.
"I like to come into the net. I like to serve-and-volley. I hit a lot of approach shots and don't like to keep the points too long," Wiechert said.
Wiechert, who was third at district last year, was undefeated during the league season but expects tougher competition at the Class 4A state tournament which runs May 19-21 in Portland and Beaverton.
"There will be a lot tougher competition at state," said Wiechert, who hopes to be seeded after losing in the first round to a No. 4 seed last year.
Sheldon's Henninger beat teammate Tim Duncan 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in the third-place match, and both will join Wiechert and Kingsley at state.
In doubles, Churchill's top-seeded Zach Johnston and Ben Kortweg beat South Eugene's No. 2 seed Walt James and Brent Kingzett 6-3, 6-2 in the title match.
"We try to be aggressive and be consistent," Kortweg said.
"I'd like to say the finals, but I think our goal is to play Saturday," said Johnston, whose victory helped Churchill win the team title with 73 points followed by Sheldon with 61.
Churchill's fourth-seeded Carl Brehn and Andrew Esterberg knocked off No. 3 Zach Dixon and Andrew Halberg of Sheldon, 6-4, 6-1 for third.
Churchill coach Steve Hirons said he thinks his team has a good chance to win points at state.
"The four doubles players - and Stephen - have all been to state last year," he said. "They'll be focused. We don't go just to have fun but to try and win matches and take home a trophy."
Churchill's Stephen Wiechert lost only three games on the way to winning the Midwestern League boys tennis singles title on Friday at Eugene Swim & Tennis Club. Wiechert beat Sheldon's Mike Kingsley 6-1, 6-0 in the final. Brian Davies / The Register-Guard INSIDE Girls: South Eugene's Devin Daugherty wins title / B7
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||May 14, 2005|
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