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The Boys Tennis Team took a 3rd place finish at the Tennis State tournament with a 5-1 win over Red Oak.

JOHNSTON — The Fairfield Maharishi boys tennis team finished in third place at the boys Class 1A team tennis state tournament on Tuesday. The Pioneers took a first-round loss to eventual state champion Dubuque Wahlert, 9-0, then bounced back to defeat Red Oak 5-1 in the consolation finals at Walker Johnston Park at Johnston High School.
“It was encouraging to see our team rebound and play great tennis against Red Oak,” said MSAE coach Lawrence Eyre.
Devon Jarvis picked up a huge win at No. 2 singles for the Pioneers by defeating Red Oak’s Travis Nelson 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Joseph Gelfand defeated Tristin Johnson 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6.
Wahlert, which defeated Waterloo Columbus 5-1 in the championship match, has now won four team titles. Columbus swept Red Oak 9-0 in the semifinals to set up its showdown with Wahlert.
“We were able to force a lot of matches to three sets against Wahlert, but we got no wins,” said Eyre.
Seniors Jarvis, Cooper Rose and Mehul Kar all three contributed to MSAE’s victory. Rose took a 6-1, 6-0 win over Red Oak’s Daniel Rahmani and Kar knocked off Nathan Wagoner 6-0, 6-1.
“All three of our seniors have had three straight final four appearances,” said Eyre. “We’re going to miss all three of those guys.”
The Pioneers have now completed 10 trips to the team tennis final four, with four state titles, four runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes. MSAE closes the season with a 9-3 team record. Eyre is 187-55 in his 20 seasons at the helm of the Pioneers.
MSAE 5, Red Oak 1
Singles
No. 1 — Beau Browning (RO) def. Ti Liptak 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 — Devon Jarvis (M) def. Travis Nelson 6-3, 6-4. No. 3 — Owen Blake (M) def. Conrad Metz 6-1, 6-0. No. 4 — Cooper Rose (M) def. Daniel Rahmani 6-1, 6-0. No. 5 — Mehul Kar (M) def. Nathan Wagoner 6-0, 6-1. No. 6 — Joseph Gelfand (M) def. Tristin Johnson 6-3, 6-2.

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The Boys tennis team qualifies for State with a 5-0 win ove Knoxville and a 5-1 win over Pella. The girls tennis team advances to the regional final Monday, the 21st, with a 5-0 win over Keokuk.

The Pioneers reach final four for 10th time in 20 seasons.

Maharishi School blanked Knoxville 5-0 in the morning match, with all wins in straight sets: #1 Ti Liptak def Scott Gray 6-1, 6-2; #2 Devon Jarvis def Andrew Creary 6-2, 6-0; #3 Owen Blake led Nick de Maria 6-4, 3-2 when play was abandoned; #4 Cooper Rose def Josh Russell 6-1, 6-4;#5 Mehul kar def Matt Weir 6-2, 6-2; #6 Joseph Gelfand def Shane Malone 6-0, 6-2.

In a rematch of last year's substate final, the Pioneers beat Pella 5-1. #1 Ti Liptak suffered the pioneers' only loss, falling to Colin Boswell , last year's third place finisher at state,  4-6, 2-6.
Jarvis blasted Jesse Wineland 6-1, 6-2; Blake  dominated brynn Boswell 6-2, 6-2; Rose crushed klark Corver 6-0, 6-1; kar downed wes Mcnabb 6-3, 7-5; freshman Joseph Gelfand sealed the win for the pioneers--following a jittery opening set (1-6), he settled down to even the score with a 6-2 victory in the second; Gelfand won the decisive set 6-1 to send the pioneers on to the final four for the 10th time in 20 tennis seasons for Maharishi School.  (season dual-meet record: 8-2)

"i'm proud of our guys' poise under pressure today. we look forward to going toe-to-toe with the best teams in the state tuesday, may 29." Said Coach Eyre.

Boys tennis team qualifies for substate for the 18th straight year, win 14th district title in 20 seasons. 5 players qualify for state individual tournament in singles and doubles. Girls tennis team defeats both Mt-Pleasant (5-0) and Fairfield (5-2) to move on to Regional semi-final. Lanie Goldstein qualifies for state track in the girls 100.

Boys results: 1st--Maharishi school: 31 points; 2nd--Fairfield: 13 points; 3rd--Keokuk: 12 points; 4th--Fort Madison: 6 points; 5th (tie)-- West Burlington/Notre Dame and Mount Pleasant: 5 points; 7th--Davis County: 3 points

Singles  championship match: Johannes Gottschlich (fairfield) def. Ti Liptak (Maharishi) 6-4, 6-4. both players advance to state singles tournament May 25-26 in Waterloo. Ti, seeded 3rd, beat Bryce Eaves of Mt Pleasant 6-0, 6-0 in round one, Austin Merrill of Fairfield 6-1, 6-0 in round 2; ti  topped #2 seed James Vandenberg of Keokuk 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal.

"Ti played a resourceful, resilient match against Johannes in the final. i'm proud of his rapid progress this season." (coach eyre)

Freshman Joseph Gelfand scored four points for the pioneers with two singles wins: 6-4, 6-0 over #4 seed Chris Kirk of WB-ND in round 1 and 6-3, 6-4 over Vadik Morgunov of Mt Pleasant in round 2. Gelfand fell 6-1, 6-0 to Johannes in the semis and lost a close 7-5, 6-4 3rd place/4th place match to keokuk's Vandenberg.

Seniors Devon Jarvis and Mehul kar edged teammates Cooper Rose and Owen Blake in a fierce three-set final: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. both teams will play at the state tournament in waterloo may 25-26.

."It was a gratifying day for our team--all six players scored points. We hope to continue improving as we prepare for substate saturday, may 19."  lawrence eyre
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Track report from coach Jim Rocca

Yesterday at the District Championship junior, Lanie Goldstein, ran a very fast 3rd place in the 100 meters, fast enough to make her a repeat State Qualifier, in a time of 12.93. The cut-off time for the 100m was 13.05 this year. However, our fast improving Sprint Medley Relay of Katie Dinkel, Chou Shreck, Lanie Goldstein and anchor Yelena Loiselle did not qualify for State.

This relay team ran more then 2 seconds faster then they did Tuesday at the Conference Championship Meet and placed third at District with a very nice school record of 1:57.56. The cut-off time for this event was the fastest since 1995 with a time of 1:57.05. Almost any other year in the last 10 years and this time would have qualified the team for State. I am very proud of their valiant effort. Every hand-off was excellent and every girl ran a season's best on their respective relay leg. Case in point, anchor Yelena Loiselle ran almost 2 seconds faster then her previous best with a 61.2 second anchor 400 meters. As a Coach, I couldn't ask for more.

To give prospective; our school record for the Sprint Medley Relay at the start of the season was 2:08.63. This relay quad has taken a phenomenal 11 seconds off in one season. This relay team closed out the day with a 4th in the 4 x 100 and another school record of 55.06. Even though the season is over for them, we are looking forward to seeing all of them back next year (we have no seniors on the squad).

May 1st is a great day for the Pioneers as both boys and girls tennis and boys golf teams win matches.

The girls tennis team won 6-3 vs a solid Fairfield team and the boys won 7-2 also against Fairfield. At the same time the boys golf team defeated Holy Trinity 177-186. Holy Trinity had been undefeated in match play.

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Pioneer Invitational Results 4/28/07

Host Maharishi School won the Pioneer Invitational Saturday, winning three of four round-robin singles and doubles flights and finishing second in the other.

The Pioneers tallied 184 points (one point for each game won), while Fairfield, led by German exchange student Johannes Gottschlich in the #1 singles division, took second place with 152 points. Mount Pleasant was third with 93 points, followed closely by Albia with 92 points. West Burlington-Notre Dame was fifth with 81 points, while the Maharishi/Fairfield “Fusion” JV team earned 80 points, edging Davis County, who finished with 79 points.

Individual event champions and runners-up: #1 Singles Champion: Johannes Gottschlich, Fairfield (53 points) Runner-up: Ti Liptak, Maharishi (41 points) #2 Singles Champion: Owen Blake, Maharishi (52 points) Runner-up: Chris Kirk, West Burlington-Notre Dame (34 points) #1 Doubles Champions: Devon Jarvis/Mehul Kar, Maharishi (50 points) Runners-up: Justin Hurley/Nathan Hurley, Fairfield (35 points) #2 Doubles Champions: Sam Johnson/Joseph Gelfand, Maharishi (41 points) Runners-up: Vinny Sharp/Justin Bradfield, Fairfield (37 points)

“Wonderful weather, lots of tennis—it was great to see all forty-two players having fun out on the courts.”- Lawrence Eyre

Next match for the Pioneers: at Ottumwa Monday 4/30

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Pella Invitational boys tennis results from Saturday April 21, 2007

Maharishi School won its third straight Pella Invitational title Saturday. Host Pella finished 2nd; Albia and Indianola tied for 3rd; Pella Christian finished 5th; Pella JV 6th; Grinnell 7th; and Davis County 8th.

Pioneer players took 2nd and 3rd place in the sixteen-man  singles tournament and captured 1st and 2nd in the 16-team doubles draw:

Pella's Colin Boswell won his third straight singles title at this year's event, besting Maharishi School's Devon Jarvis 8-4 in the final; in the semis, Boswell beat the Pioneers' Ti lLptak 8-3. Liptak went on to defeat Pella's Jesse Wineland 8-3 for 3rd place.

Top seeds Cooper Rose and Owen Blake brought home the hardware in doubles with four straight wins, downing teammates Mehul Kar and Joseph Gelfand 8-6 in the final. Unseeded, Kar and Gelfand earned their spot in the championship match by dropping Davis County's Parker Brodale and Tucker Henderson 8-1in round one; blasting Pella Christian's 3rd-seeded Brandon Veenstra and Nathan Groendyk 8-1 in the quarterfinals; in the semis, the Pioneers upended 2nd-seeded Robb Way and Jared Rietveld  of Pella  8-5.

Albia junior Blake Billings earned 5th place in the singles competition with a 3-1 record. In round one he beat Kevin Ashmore of Davis County 8-1; after falling 8-0 to Maharishi School's Devon Jarvis in the quarterfinals, Billings reeled off two victories inthe consolation bracket, topping Dustin Lohse of Grinnell and Mitch Wood of Indianola, both by 8-1 scores.

Albia seniors Dana Kruzic and Matt Wilson opened with an 8-4 doubles win over Pella JV's Drew Randol and Brett Braafhart before getting edged 7-9 by Pella's #2 seeds Way and Rietveld
in round two. [doubles consolation bracket scores not available].

Comments: "We're proud to be three-time champions of this tournament. All six of our guys made the semis or finals with heads-up play on a windy day."

Next event: Pioneers host Burlington High Wednesday, April 25 at 4:15 pm. 
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Maharishi School boys tennis season opens with a win over Fort Madison

The Pioneers started the season yesterday ripping Fort Madison 9-0 inside the Recreation Center on the MUM campus. They only dropped 12 games in the matches. Winning in singles:
1 Devon Jarvis 6-1, 6-2 2 Ti Liptak 6-1, 6-0 3 Owen Blake 6-0, 6-0 4 Cooper Rose 6-0, 6-0
5 Mehul Kar 6-0, 6-0 6 Joseph Gelfand 6-0, 6-0
The doubles sweep included:
1 Blake and Rose 6-2, 6-4 2 Jarvis and Liptak 6-0, 6-0 3 Kar and Gelfand 6-1, 6-0

This spring Maharishi School will be competing in boy’s tennis, golf and track and girl’s tennis and track.
Last years spring sports teams all advanced to their state tournament in one of our most successful seasons to date. The achievements included a state championship in the boy’s long jump and runners-up in boy’s team tennis and girl’s singles tennis.
Boys Tennis: This year’s team has 4 returning lettermen, Cooper Rose, Devon Jarvis, Owen Blake, and Mehul Kar. The team will also add Junior Ti Liptak and Freshman Joseph Gelfand to round out the top 6 with returning Junior Sam Johnson also filling in. Coach Lawrence Eyre is looking forward to this season and hopes to build on last years 2nd place finish. 
Girls Tennis: This year Coach Brendan Higgins will be taking over from long time coach Laurie Eyre who will be taking at least one year off to focus on her other role as head of the math department. 2 starters from last year’s team, Bonnie Carter and Shelia Higgins are returning with an additional 10 girls competing for the 4 remaining starting positions. Coach Higgins sees a lot of opportunity this year with many players getting the chance to compete in varsity tennis for the first time.

Tennis schedules are now posted.

Golf Schedule now posted

Track Schedule

Alumna Sofia Iwobi, freshman basketball player for the University of Vermont is featured on Vermont Website

 

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Maharishi School Is a Member of the 20 School Superconference

Maharishi School is a member of the 20 team Iowa Southeast Super Conference and most of our matches are within the Conference. There is also a Conference website where you can follow Maharishi School as well as the other schools. SuperconferenceWebsite

 

 

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