Michael Weber / Bismarck Tribune, Published October 06 2012
After winning team tennis championship GFRR take singles, doubles titles
For the second year in a row, Grand Forks Red River walked away with all of the first-place hardware at the boys tennis state tournament.
One day after capturing their 15th consecutive team state championship, the Roughriders added singles and doubles titles to their collection Saturday at Capital Racquet and Fitness Center.
Andre Caoili and Jake Kuhlman picked up Red River’s sixth straight doubles crown, defeating Century’s Joe Janes and Sam Mastel in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Later, Joey Anderson topped teammate Greg Wischer, 6-2, 6-2, for the singles championship.
Caoili, a junior, and Kuhlman, an eighth-grader, had a perfect run to the state title, posting four straight-set victories in their four matches.
They didn’t lose after being paired up midway through the season.
“We started spending more time hitting together in practice and the coaches thought we would make a good doubles team,” Caoili said.
Fargo North’s Andy Ficek, who finished fourth in the singles tournament, was named senior athlete of the year.
West Fargo’s Brady Ballweber defeated Ficek 6-4,
7-6 (7-5) in the third-place match.
His coach, Greg Unruh, was named coach of the year, but Unruh chose not to accept the award and instead gave it to Red River’s Greg LaDouceur, who was honored as the National Coach of the Year last summer.
Joey Anderson, Grand Forks Red River, def. Greg Wischer, GFRR, 6-2, 6-2.
Brady Ballweber, West Fargo, def. Andy Ficek, Fargo North, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Hunter Oothoudt, Minot, def. Willi Ulness, Bismarck, 6-4, 6-2.
Anderson def. Ballweber, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Wischer def. Ficek, 6-0, 6-1.
Ulness def. Ander Sawchuk, Fargo Shanley, 6-1, 6-3. Strom def. Brian Swanberg, Century, 6-1, 6-3. Oothoudt def. Andrew Godon, GFRR, 6-2, 6-0. Marcus Osman, Fargo Davies, def. Ben Wanner, Mandan, 6-1, 6-2.
Ulness def. Strom, 6-2, 6-4. Oothoudt def. Osman, 6-2, 6-2.
Andre Caoili-Jake Kuhlman, GFRR, def. Joe Janes-Sam Mastel, Century, 6-3, 6-4.
Dylan Alderman-Patrick Strom, Shanley, def. David Youngs-Davis Lawley, Fargo South, 6-4, 6-2.
Erik Porter-Kyler Vogel, Mandan, def. Brendan Sailer-Kyle Folson, GF Central, 6-4, 6-3.
Janes-Mastel def. Alderman-Strom, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Caoili-Kuhlman def. Youngs-Hawley, 6-1, 6-4.
Sailer-Folson def. Evan Warren-Grant Ehli, Century, 6-4, 6-3. Porter-Vogel def. Landon Klein-Dustin Foster, Minot, 6-4, 6-1.
Sailer-Folson def. Jared Wirrenga-Austin Meuchel, Bismarck, 6-4, 6-4. Warren-Ehli def. Andrew Krecklau-David Keys, Bismarck, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Klein-Foster def. Dane Poppe-Sean Thompson, Davies, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Porter-Vogel def. Mitchell Kuhlman-Danny Pierce, GFRR, 7-5, 6-4.