The MHS tennis team starts it’s 2018 season led by Nathan Loutsch, Keaton Hagen, and Ethan Bohn – all juniors. All three have varsity experience from last season, and Ethan and Nathan competed in the 2017 state tournament.
“Sophomore Marcos Basilio played at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles last season,” Coach Jim Dahl said. “And we hope to have him in those positions again. Freshman Aiden Boerger and eighth-graders Bennet Street and Keegan Wheeler will be competing for the last two varsity spots. We are also pleased to have newcomer, Isaac Perez, a seventh-grader. He is learning every day and improving to ready himself for our first match at Watertown, on April 10.
“High school tennis has one class where there are about 16 AA-size schools and eight A-size schools,” Dahl explained. He predicts, “We will be competitive with some of the other A-sized schools near us such as YME, Benson, LQPV/Dawson/Boyd, and Pipestone – all from Minnesota. Also with Vermillion, Spearfish, Brookings, RCC, Huron, and Pierre of South Dakota.”
Dahl says, “Sioux Falls Lincoln has won three or four state titles in a row and will be a major obstacle when we play them here later this season. Watertown, Aberdeen Central, and Roncalli, are strong teams from our local area.” Roncalli and Milbank are the only two schools in the NEC with tennis teams.
Dahl went on to say he will be working without an assistant coach this season. He stressed, “Our expectations as a whole are to learn the game well and then execute to compete at our best. I like the attitude of our players and their willingness to come out and battle against the many class AA teams we play.”
MILBANK BOYS TENNIS MATCH SCHEDULE 2018
APRIL 10 AT WATERTOWN 4:00 pm JV-VAR
APRIL 16 HOME – BENSON, MN 4:00 pm JV-VAR
ARPIL 17 AT PIPESTONE,MN 4:00 pm JV-VAR
APRIL 19 HOME – BR.VALL./S.F.L. 10:00 am JV-VAR
APRIL 23 HOME VS LQPV,MN 4:30 pm JV-VAR
APRIL 25 AT ABERDEEN RONCALLI 1:30 pm JV-VAR
APRIL 25 AT ABERDEEN CENTRAL 4:00 pm JV- VAR
APRIL 27 AT BROOKINGS INVITE 10:00 am JV- VAR
APRIL 30 HOME – ABER.CENTRAL 4:00 pm JV-VAR
MAY 4 AT YME,MN 4:30 pm JV-VAR
MAY 7 HOME – RONCALLI 1:00 pm JV-VAR
MAY 7 HOME- LENNOX 4:00 pm JV- VAR
MAY 8 AT HURON 1:00 pm JV-VAR
MAY 8 AT HURON VS PIERRE 3:30 pm JV-VAR
MAY 10 AT SF CHRISTIAN 4:00 pm JV-VAR
MAY 12 AT MADISON INVITE 9:00 am JV- VAR
MAY 17-19 AT SIOUX FALLS,B.VALL. TBD VAR ONLY
Pictured: (back row) Aiden Boerger, Ethan Bohn, Nathan Loutsch, Bennet Street (front row) Isaac Perez, Keegan Wheeler, Marcos Basilio, not pictured Keaton Hagen