By Anne Homan
Pictured above are members of the LHS tennis team who represented Lennox at the 2022 State A Tournament. They include, from left to right, Head Coach Kevin Plank, Noah Welch, Dason Wilson, Cody Plank, Jaxon Plank, Andrew Daugherty, Gunnar Geiken, Eli Plank, and volunteer coach Will Daugherty.
Last week, the Lennox High School boys’ tennis team headed west to compete in the State A Tournament in Rapid City on May 16-17.
The opening day of State started with singles and featured Jaxon Plank at Flight #1, Andrew Daugherty at Flight #2, Cody Plank at Flight #3, Gunnar Geiken at Flight #4, and Eli Plank at Flight #6. All five collected wins in their opening round. Dason Wilson also competed.
Also during day one, J. Plank and Daugherty began doubles play. The duo pulled out wins at Flight #1 against Vermillion and then, after a strong effort, the team earned a win against Sioux Falls Christian to advance them to the State semi-finals.
Other doubles action during day one, included Geiken and Dason Wilson at Flight #2. The two had a tough matchup against Sioux Falls Christian in their first round and unfortunately dropped their match to move in to the consolation bracket. C. Plank and E. Plank competed at Flight #3 and earned a good win in their first-round over St. Thomas Moore but then dropped their second-round match to Rapid City Christian, which put them in a position to play for fifth place.
“Overall, I was extremely happy with the team’s performance and excited that every player was still in the tournament on day two,” said LHS head coach Kevin Plank.
Day two started with singles. For Lennox, J. Plank and Daugherty both managed to reach the semi-finals.
“They both battled really hard and played some great tennis, but unfortunately neither one was able to pull out a win,” said Coach Plank.
J. Plank ended up winning his next round after the semi-finals against a Mitchell opponent, giving him third place honors at State at Flight #1. J. Plank ended the season with a 14-3 record in singles.
Daugherty lost a tough match to a solid Pierre opponent, giving him a fourth place finish at State at Flight #2. He finished with a 10-9 record on the season.
C. Plank managed to take sixth place in singles at Flight #3 and E. Plank finished with in sixth place in singles at Flight #6.
After singles’ action wrapped up, doubles action started back up with J. Plank and Daugherty dropping their semi-finals match to Yankton.
The duo, however, was able to follow that loss up with a win over Rapid City Christian giving them third place honors at State at Flight #1. The two enjoyed a strong season together, finishing with a 13-6 in double action during the year.
Also in double action, Geiken and Wilson played strong and ended the tournament with three consecutive wins against Vermillion, St. Thomas Moore, and then Madison to earn the Consolation Championship at Flight #2.
C. Plank and E. Plank played for a chance to earn fifth place on the podium. They started by getting a win against Milbank and powered through to earn a win against a tough Huron team to secure the fifth place at State at Flight #3 doubles. The two finished the season with a 12-7 record in doubles.