WATERLOO – A few boys from the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment boys’ tennis team were in action in at the individual state tennis meet in Waterloo on Saturday.
Defending state champion Sam Stickels made it back to the state final and looked to repeat. However, he ran into a tough match up against Clear Lake’s Sam Jones. Stickels lost by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
“Sam played very well, but the ‘other’ Sam [Jones] was just a little better,” said Pioneers’ head coach Steve Briggs. “No question Sam is disappointed, but he should hold his head high because he played well the whole season. It’s not easy to repeat, and a lot of people expected him to take the title again. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.”
Stickels will head to Grinnell College in the fall and will play on the tennis team.
“He is ready for the new challenges that will await him,” said Briggs.
Stickels wasn’t the only Pioneer in action Saturday. The doubles team of Chandre Morales and Kai Vessey won four of five matches, and finished in fifth place.
“Chandre and Kai lost a tight one to Decorah in the quarterfinals 4-6, 6-3, 6-3,” said Briggs. “The boys played great all weekend and I expect them to be in this same situation next season. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for next season.”
Still, the Pioneers are not done.
The team state title will be decided in Des Moines on Tuesday. Maharishi School, Decorah, Denison-Schelsweg, and LeMars are the teams that will compete.