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Bower, McCluskey & Joehl Hit the Courts in Chicago-State Update...

posted May 22 2018 9:00 AM

Good Luck at STATE!

Coach Mike Walters, A.J. Bower, Daniel McCluskey,
Nathan Joehl and Assistant Coach Chris Logan

Alton Telegraph
May 25, 2018
Pete Hayes, phayes@thetelegraph.com

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Things couldn’t have gone much better for the Marquette Catholic High doubles team of Daniel McCluskey and AJ Bower on the first day of the IHSA Class 1A Boys State Tennis Tournament.

McCluskey and Bower swept a pair of matches to move on to Friday action. They defeated Jack Anderson and Johnny Hamilton of LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy 6-0, 6-3 in their tournament opener. They then knocked off Andrey Shor and Pranav Vaswani of Vernon Hills 6-0, 6-3 in a second-round match.

The victories by McCluskey and Bower set up a third-round matchup with Andy Hunch and Joe Demirjian of Mount Zion Friday morning at Palatine High School.

The two-class state tournament is being hosted by Arlington Heights Hersey High School and is being played at sites around the Chicagoland area. Play will continue through Saturday.

Marquette’s Nathan Joehl, who advanced to the state tournament in singles action, dropped a pair of matches Thursday. In his opener, he fell to Joris Bizys of Hinsdale South 6-2, 6-0 and in a first-round consolation match, he was defeated by Dillon Nitz of Sterling.

Alton Telegraph
May 22, 2018

This will be a busy week on the tennis courts for the Marquette Catholic doubles team of Daniel McCluskey and A.J. Bower. But being busy at tennis is something they’re pretty used to by now.

McClusky and Bower defeated Triad’s Sean Froidcouer and Jaden Henderson Saturday to win the doubles title at the Triad Class 1A Sectional Tournament and are headed to the IHSA Boys State Tennis Tournament, set for Thursday through Saturday in Chicagoland. Hersey High school will serve as the host of the state tourney, which will be played on courts in the Arlington Heights area.

McClusky and Bower, who are 22-1 on the season, will be joined at the state tourney by teammate Nathan Joehl, who qualified with a fourth-place finish in singles play.

Triad won the team title with 27, points, followed by runner-up Mascoutah with 21. Marquette placed third with 16 points, followed by Highland with 14 points, Belleville Althoff and Waterloo tied with six, Civic Memorial and Roxana four points each and Salem two points.

In doubles final, McClusky and Bower won a thriller. They grabbed the first set 7-6 in a tiebreaker and won the second set 6-2.

Besides Froidcouer and Henderson, other doubles teams advancing to the state tourney include third-place finishers Cameron Pavelschak and Shawn Wienstroer of Mascoutah and Nathaniel English and Andrew Roach of Highland.

Andy Graf won the singles crown with a 6-1, 65-2 victory over Triad’s Nick Parsons in the final. Joehl finished fourth after dropping the third-place match to Reiss Naylor of Triad 6-1, 6-2.

Check out the article and photos on Riverbender.com, too!


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