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Maharishi Pioneers Saved Their Best Tennis for the State Tournament

“We knew the singles draw had some big guns with defending state champ, Sam Jones from Clear Lake, along with his friend and practice partner, North Polk’s Nathan Greiner. Pioneer captain, Chandre Morales wasn’t able to beat Jones in their morning matchup, but he bounced back to claim 3rd place by soundly defeating 3rd seed AJ... Read More »

Pioneers Win One Lose One In Substate Meet

“Substate makes for a long day,” a sunburned Coach Briggs explained. “We departed for Pella at 6:30 and returned at 6:30. We had grown accustomed to hosting substate here in Fairfield." The Pioneers squared off against Pella in the morning match while Grinnell faced Fort Madison. Led by #1 Chandre Morales and #2 Kai Vessey, the... Read More »

Huge Couple of Days for Maharishi School Sports!

We have a big couple of days coming up for Maharishi School sports teams! On Thursday: Girls Tennis Regionals, 9:00, Punj and Fairfield Middle School Courts Also on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: State Track, Ross Emmanuel, 400, 800 and relay, Des Moines Saturday: Boys Tennis, Team Sub-State, Pella High School, 8:15 Boys Tennis   The Maharishi School... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Win District Tennis Championship

The Maharishi School Pioneers won a triple crown at the district tennis meet today, click here for a video of the awards being presented! “I’ve learned that there’s an element of luck in the district meet. The pairings are drawn out of a hat, and to be honest, I was worried as I left the coaches... Read More »

Maharishi School Boys Tennis Place Third At Pella Invitational

Broad swaths of yellow, red, and purple tulip blossoms decorated Pella’s town square, and tourists lined the sidewalk, waiting to purchase pastries at popular Dutch bakeries. A few blocks away at Caldwell Park, eight teams competed in the Pella Invitational, an annual event hosted by the Dutchmen. “It’s been a tough week for illness, but better... Read More »

Maharishi School Girls Tennis Bounces Back With Win!

The Maharishi School girls tennis team won a hard fought match against Holy Trinity Catholic by a score of 5-4 at the Punj Tennis Center on the Maharishi University of Management campus. The Pioneers battled back from a 3-2 deficit in an exciting three hour contest that produced several see-saw singles matches. Madelyn Stood played her... Read More »

Double Tennis Victory in Co-Ed State Championship

Dia Huggins and Sam Stickels were inducted into the Maharishi School Hall of Fame for their outstanding tennis careers, and the Pioneer standouts' stellar play at the state co-ed tournament in Des Moines yesterday confirmed the honor bestowed on them during graduation ceremonies this past week. 32 teams entered the day long competition. The last team... Read More »

Huggins Competes at State Tennis

Maharishi School senior Dia Huggins finished her high school singles career at the state tournament Thursday in Ankeny. Huggins was matched up against Emily Ahlers of LaMars High School in the first round of play, a senior returning to the state tournament for the third year in a row. The match lasted more than 2.5 hours,... Read More »

Pioneers Boys Tennis Take Second at State

After advancing to the championship contest with matching 5-0 wins (Maharishi defeated Denison-Schlesweg and Decorah defeated LeMars), Decorah and Maharishi School squared off at Waveland Park in Des Moines on Tuesday. "We knew it was coming...Decorah knew it was coming," said Pioneer coach, Steve Briggs. "After seeing Decorah at last year's finals (Decorah finished 3rd in... Read More »

Individual State Boys’ Tennis Results

Under cloudy skies at Byrnes Park in Waterloo, the Pioneers' defending state singles champ, Sam Stickels, lost in the final to Sam Jones of Clear Lake by a score of 6-3, 6-4. "Sticks needed to be firing on all cylinders in the final, but he struggled a bit with his forehand today," said PIoneer coach, Steve... Read More »

Pioneers Have Strong Showing in Waterloo

By Jarrod Peterson, Fairfield Ledger sports editor 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... Read More »

Pioneers Advance to State Tennis Finals for 11 Consecutive Year

"At this stage of the season, if you lose you go home," explained Pioneer coach Steve Briggs. "Our guys aren't ready to put their rackets on the shelf. We have our sights set on something bigger," he said after the boys team racked up wins at the sub-state tournament last Saturday, May 23. The Pioneers rolled... Read More »

Senior Dia Huggins Grabs #1 at Regional Tennis Tournament

Maharishi School senior Dia Huggins will be advancing to the state tournament after claiming the Regional Singles title on Thursday, May 21, at the Punj Courts in Fairfield. Among the teams in competition for Region 7 were Fairfield High School, Notre Dame West Burlington, Mount Pleasant, Keokuk, Holy Trinity, Davis County, and Fort Madison. Huggins defeated... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Win 11th Consecutive District Tennis Title

Friday, May 15, began foggy and damp, but as the clouds cleared the Pioneer boys strung together a series of hard-fought matches to capture their 11th straight district title. As the medals were being handed out at the Punj Courts under threatening skies, the rains came, the players scrambled to their buses, and the Pioneers tasted... Read More »

Media Coverage of the Historic Triple Crown Victory

Yesterday Maharishi School state tennis champs were paraded around the town and then celebrated at Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium with Lawrence Eyre, patriarch of the School's tennis program, Rig Gelfand, athletic director, Coach Steve Briggs, and Assistant Coach Luke Hillis. The team made Iowa history by representing the only school to win the "Triple Crown" for... Read More »

Historic Triple Crown Victory

Yesterday the Maharishi School boys tennis team made Iowa history in many ways. By winning the Class 1A State Team Championship, they completed the coveted “Triple Crown,” having won the State Singles and State Doubles Championships last Saturday. Pictured: kneeling L-R: Sam Stickels, Chandre Morales; standing: Coach Steve Briggs, Assistant Coach and alumnus Luke Hillis, Solaris... Read More »

Boys Win State Championship in Singles and Doubles Tennis

The Maharishi School tennis team returned from the state tournament with a trunk full of trophies. Junior Sam Stickels defeated long time Fairfield rival, Govi Punj, in a final that reversed the outcome of their district result two weeks ago. En-route to the state title, Stickels defeated the #1, #2, and #4 seeds without dropping a... Read More »

Pioneers Win Substate - Advance to State Final 4

Maharishi School defeated both Grinnell and Pella today to advance to the State finals in Des Moines. The Pioneers shut out Grinnell 6-0, and then earned a hard fought 5-1 win over a determined Pella squad. Double winners for the Pioneers were Sam Stickels, Chandre Morales, Solaris Nite, Surya Sawhney, and Girindra Selleck. Surya Sawhney won... Read More »

Maharishi School Girls’ Tennis Opens Up Playoffs

The Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment girls’ tennis team won its first playoff match Saturday against Centerville 5-4. The Pioneers were eliminated later in the day by Pella Christian 5-2. The team will still play individual regional and also doubles matches at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Thursday.

Pioneers Capture District Title in Boys’ Tennis

The Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment tennis boys’ team captured another district title Thursday in Fairfield. Rain forced the meet from Fairfield Middle School into Maharishi University of Management Recreation Center. The players attempted at one time to go back outside, but the move outdoors was short-lived. MSAE won the district meet and will... Read More »

Pioneers Outrun Burlington Greyhounds

Under threatening skies, the Maharishi Pioneers defeated Burlington by a score of 9-0 to clinch their final meet of the regular season. "The team's ready for post season," said Steve Briggs. "District is Thursday so the focus shifts to more specialized practice depending on whether a player is entering singles or doubles." Winners for the Pioneers... Read More »

Pioneers Boys Tennis Team Sweeps Ottumwa

The Maharishi School Pioneers swept the Ottumwa Invittional, taking 1st place in all 6 singles flights as well as all 3 doubles flights. Sam Stickels defeated Zach Ray by a score of 6-4 to capture the #1 singles and Surya Sawhney and Solaris Nite came from behind to beat Zach Ray and Sam Kramer in a... Read More »

Pioneer’s Win Invitational

The Maharishi boys tennis squad swept the Pioneer invitational, winning #1 & #2 singles as well as dominating both doubles flights. Maharishi I amassed a total of 150 points, Maharishi II team finished 2nd with 95 points, and Albia followed with 90 points. Davis County and Fairfield HS finished 4th and 5th. Chandre Morales was the... Read More »

Maharishi School Rolls Past Ottumwa

The Pioneers won the Highway 34 rivalry, defeating the Ottumwa Bulldogs 8-1. Maharishi's boys tallied decisive singles wins from Sam Stickels, Chandre Morales, Surya Sawhney, Dave Fleshman, and Girindra Selleck."It was a solid team effort in both singles and doubles, but I think it's worth noting that Surya Sawhney played his best match of the season.... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Prevail Saturday at Pella Invitational

The Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment boys’ tennis team won the Pella Invitational by a slim margin Saturday. The Pioneers finished with the same amount of points as Pella, but Maharishi School was given the victory because it won more total games over the course of the day. Boone, Grinnell and Albia rounded out... Read More »

Fairfield Showdown Belongs to Maharishi School

From the Fairfield Ledger -- Govi Punj and Sam Stickels were the star attractions Monday in the boys’ tennis match between Fairfield High School and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment. Stickels, a Pioneer, battled shot for shot with Punj, with the majority of the crowd singularly focused on their match. Punj held a 4-2... Read More »

Tennis Team Defeats Iowa City High

Maharishi School's boys' tennis team shut out Iowa City High's squad today by a score of 9-0. "From top to bottom, it was the team's best performance of the season," said Pioneer coach, Steve Briggs. Today's Pioneer Player of the Match honors went to Girindra Selleck who defeated last year's #1 player, Holden Feigler, 6-3,6-2. Selleck... Read More »

Maharishi School Defeats Iowa City West Junior Varsity

Maharishi School defeated Iowa City West's JV by a score of 7-2 at the ICW courts today. Solaris Nite played an outstanding match against Cole Schneider, defeating the #2 player 7-5, 6-3. Other singles winners for the Pioneers were Sam Stickels, Surya Sahwney, Chandre Morales, and Girindra Selleck. The Pioneers #2 doubles team, Morales and Selleck,... Read More »

Tennis Team Finishes 2nd at Warrior Challenge

The Maharishi School boy's tennis team overcame the elements on Saturday to finish 2nd at the Warrior Challenge played at Veteran's Memorial Tennis Center in Cedar Rapids. With winds gusting to 30mph, caps were swept off the players' heads and routine shots required total focus. The Pioneers, led by Sam Stickels, finished a strong second against... Read More »

Pioneers Tennis Challenge Quality Opponents in Des Moines

From the Fairfield Ledger --The Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment boys’ tennis team took on some of the best Iowa had to offer Saturday in the Des Moines Valley Tournament in Des Moines. MSAE played hard against Valley (West Des Moines) High School, which in 2009 had the largest enrollment of any high school... Read More »

Sports News: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Soccer 2 wins for the Pioneers. Firstly a 4-1 win over Scattergood. A close game, until the Pioneers broke it open with a couple of goals in the middle of the 2nd half. Maharishi School had been up 2-1. On Wednesday the Pioneers beat the club team from Fairfield 8-4 Our Pioneers played really well and... Read More »

Sports news this week: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Soccer The Maharishi School Soccer team defeated our friends from Scattergood on Friday. The score was 5-3 with Tomas Bousquet leading the way with 2 goals and Nico, Suraj and Davin with one each. We will be at Scattergood on Tuesday September 24th. We will also be in Scattergood October 5th for an afternoon soccer game... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Take Third to Conclude Good Run

DES MOINES — On the heels of Sam Stickels’ third-place finish at the state singles tournament over the weekend, the Pioneer sophomore’s team earned an identical placing in the Class 1A final four Tuesday on the Waveland Tennis Courts in Des Moines. In their state-record ninth consecutive trip to the state team tournament, the Pioneers finished... Read More »

Pioneers’ Stickels Finishes Third in State Singles

WATERLOO — Maharishi School sophomore Sam Stickels added another state medal to his growing pile Saturday, finishing third in singles play at the individual state tennis tournament at Byrne’s Park Tennis Center in Waterloo. Stickels, who claimed fourth place at the Class 1A doubles competition last year alongside partner Thomas Weiss, pulled off two upsets in... Read More »

Pioneers Returning to Final Four

From the Fairfield Ledger -- For the first time without Lawrence Eyre as head coach, the Pioneer boys’ tennis team earned a trip to the Class 1A state team tournament with a pair of victories over Grinnell and Pella Saturday at the M.U.M. tennis courts in Fairfield. The Maharishi School boys handled Grinnell 5-0 in the... Read More »

Pioneers’ Stickels Wins District Title Friday

From the Fairfield Ledger, May 13 -- Maharishi School isn’t used to playing from behind in boys’ tennis, but the host Pioneers did just that to capture a district title on the M.U.M. courts Friday in Fairfield. Needing a win from their No. 1 doubles team to overtake Keokuk, Pioneer senior Raphael Gelfand and freshman Chandre... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Win Crosstown Rivalry

from the Fairfield Ledger, May 2--Fairfield seniors Haylee Gilpin and Kim O’Carroll won the most lopsided match of the evening Tuesday, but it was hardly enough as the Trojans fell to Maharishi School 8-1 on the Punj Tennis Center courts. Gilpin and O’Carroll rolled to a surprisingly quick win, winning eight games and surrendering none vs.... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Sweep Fort Madison Tuesday

FORT MADISON — Maharishi School wrapped up its perfect dual season with a 9-0 victory over Fort Madison on Tuesday. The clean sweep handed the Pioneers their eighth straight dual victory, and only the No. 4 singles match was close Tuesday. No. 2 player Solaris Nite and No. 5 Chandre Morales had the Pioneers’ biggest victories... Read More »

Maharishi School Blows Past Ottumwa in Boys’ Tennis

from the Fairfield Ledger, April 30--Maharishi School continued its winning ways Monday with an 8-1 victory over Ottumwa in Fairfield. The Pioneers, who improved to 7-0 in duals with the win, kicked off the day with five match wins in singles play before sweeping Ottumwa 3-0 in doubles matches. Sam Stickels earned a 6-3, 6-3 win... Read More »

Stickels, Pioneers Roll to Titles

From the Fairfield Ledger, April 29 -- On a near-perfect day for tennis Saturday, sophomore Sam Stickels played close to perfection and anchored Maharishi School to a first-place finish at his home Pioneer Invitational in Fairfield. Stickels won 53 out of a possible 55 games, including an 11-0 win over crosstown rival Alexander Punj, Fairfield’s star... Read More »

Pioneers Victorious in Girls’ Tennis Thursday

FORT MADISON — Maharishi School girls’ tennis earned a 9-0 sweep against host Holy Trinity on Thursday in Fort Madison. The Pioneers’ Dia Huggins won an 8-2 match at No. 1 singles, and Jacqueline Leete won 8-4 at No. 2. Pioneer No. 3 Alina Knight earned an 8-6 victory, Flower Shreck won 8-2 at No. 4,... Read More »

Pioneer Boys’ Tennis Picks Up Win No. 6

From the Fairfield Ledger, April 24 -- Sometimes the bigger they are, the easier they fall. Just ask the Pioneer boys’ tennis team, which hasn’t often had much trouble knocking the much larger schools down a peg or two. On Tuesday, the Pioneers claimed another of their large school victims, and they did it with their... Read More »

Pioneers Claim First Tourney Title

From the Fairfield Ledger, April 22, 2013--PELLA — Wins have been plentiful for the Maharishi School boys’ tennis program this season, and Saturday proved no different as the Pioneers rolled to their first tournament title of the season. Competing at the Pella Invitational, the Pioneer boys finished first among six southeast Iowa schools with a 165-point... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Mow Down Keokuk 7-2

By MICHAEL LEACH, Ledger sports editor | Apr 19, 2013 Rain and cold has yet to thwart the Pioneer boys’ tennis team, which often has found shelter from the weather at its indoor facilities this spring. In fact, the Pioneers have been playing so well lately in the newly named Laurie and Lawrence Eyre Tennis Center,... Read More »

New Coach, Same Lofty Expectations for Pioneer Boys

By MICHAEL LEACH, Ledger sports editor | Apr 18, 2013-- For 25 years under head coach Lawrence Eyre, success and Maharishi School tennis went hand in hand. With Eyre’s sudden retirement last spring, it ended one of the most successful head coaching stints in Iowa prep history. Yet it also opened up an opportunity for a... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Blast Fairfield

From the Fairfield Ledger, April 16 Sam Stickels eked out a two-set victory over rival Alexander Punj of Fairfield, and the Pioneer boys cruised to victories in the other five singles matches Monday to take an 8-1 meet win over their rivals at the M.U.M. recreation center. The match between Stickels and Punj at No. 1... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Topple City High

From the Fairfield Ledger, April 12-- It was a different Iowa City team but the results were the same for the Pioneer boys’ tennis team, which downed City High 6-3 Thursday on the M.U.M. tennis courts. Much like Tuesday when they earned a 6-3 victory over Iowa City West, the Pioneers won using a balanced singles... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Open Season With Win

From the Fairfield Ledger, Apr. 10-- Featuring a new coach and a roster full of young players, the Maharishi School girls’ tennis team produced the same old winning results Monday at its season-opening dual vs. West Burlington/Notre Dame in Fairfield. The Pioneer girls took wins in four of six singles matches, then shut the door on... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Bounce Iowa City West

From the Fairfield Ledger, Apr. 10-- In a classic “David vs. Goliath” matchup Tuesday, the Maharishi School boys’ tennis team pulled out a 6-3 win against defending Class 2A state champion Iowa City West on the Punj Tennis Center courts in Fairfield. Maharishi School, the smallest school in the state to have a tennis program, outlasted... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Take Third at Saturday Tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS — Maharishi School scored one for the little guy with a third-place finish at the 2013 Warrior Invitational tennis tournament Saturday in Cedar Rapids. The Pioneers earned 143 points in the tournament to finish behind defending Class 2A state champion Iowa City West (184) and perennial power Cedar Rapids Washington (151). Other schools in... Read More »

Pioneer Boys’ Tennis Blanks Notre Dame

From the Fairfield Ledger, Apr. 3-- It was business as usual for the Maharishi School boys’ tennis team Tuesday as it kicked off the 2013 season with a 9-0 sweep of visiting Burlington Notre Dame at the M.U.M. indoor courts. “Maharishi School got their season off to a strong start,” said new head coach Steve Briggs,... Read More »

Maharishi School Students Win in South East Iowa Slam

The first weekend in September was home to the IA South East Iowa Slam for tennis, and Solaris Nite won the Boy’s 16 singles—his first tournament win. Chandre Morales won the Boy’s 14 singles. Katya Sheridan placed second in Girl’s 16 singles. Congratulations to our winners. We had more students competing in the Slam and we... Read More »

Eyre Tennis Center Dedicated as Long-time Maharishi School Tennis Coaches Retire

from --- The Eyre Tennis Center was dedicated, June 6, 2012, by Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and Maharishi University of Management. The indoor tennis courts are located in the university's recreation center. Speaking at the dedication were former members of the school's tennis teams, appreciative parents, state tennis officials, Fairfield mayor Ed Malloy,... Read More »

Dedication of Laurie and Lawrence Eyre Tennis Center

The community is invited to a dedication ceremony of MUM’s indoor tennis facility in honor of beloved and legendary tennis coaches, Lawrence and Laurie Eyre. The celebration will be held at: Court #1 of the indoor tennis courts, MUM Recreation Center, Wednesday, June 6 at 8 pm. For those who cannot attend, we will have lifv... Read More »

Coach Lawrence Eyre Retires After 25 Years

By Scott Jackson, Ottumwa Courier --FAIRFIELD — There are many tennis programs across the state that hope to have the kind of busy schedule Lawrence Eyre had this past week. Last Friday, Eyre took three of his talented players from Fairfield Maharishi to compete in the Class 1A singles and doubles tournament in Waterloo. Sam Arsanjani,... Read More »

Maharishi School Fourth Best in Class 1A

from the Fairfield Ledger -- Urbandale — The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team tied a state record with its eighth consecutive trip to the final four and departed Urbandale with its first-ever fourth-place finish Tuesday. The Pioneers dropped a tightly contested 5-4 semifinal dual to Davenport Assumption before losing the third-place consolation to Boone, also 5-4.... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Make Noise at Individual State

by Michael Leach, Fairfield Ledger ----Waterloo— Maharishi School senior Thomas Weiss had a new teammate but came through with a familiar result at the individual state tennis tournament in Waterloo Friday-Saturday. Weiss, a four-time state qualifier, claimed his third medal in four tries with a fourth-place finish in Class 1A doubles along with freshman partner Sam... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Advance to Elite Eight

FORT MADISON — The Pioneer girls’ tennis team hasn’t lost a dual all season long and wasn’t about to lose its first Saturday. The Pioneers, playing in Fort Madison for a chance to move on to the first round of state team tennis, rolled past Holy Trinity in their regional final by a final score of... Read More »

Pioneers Boys’ Tennis Team Sets New State Record

By winning the sub-state competition at home on Saturday, the Pioneers boys’ tennis team qualified for the Class 1A final four for the 8th consecutive season--tying a state record held by Dubuque Wahlert; and they’ve reached the final four for the 15th time--a new all-time state record. The Pioneers 25-season cumulative dual match record: 240-65. The... Read More »

Pioneers Advance In Regional Girls Tennis

From Southeast Iowa Radio News-- The Maharishi School girls rolled over Holy Trinity Catholic 5-1 in Class 1A regional final team tennis at Fort Madison Saturday. Winning in singles to wrap it up were Minna Mohammadi at one plus 3 through 6 with Sophia Medvedeva, Pearl Sawhney, Dia Huggins and Alina Knight. The 12 and 0... Read More »

Under the Legendary Coach Eyre, Pioneers Win 18th District Championship in 25 Seasons

The Pioneers won their 18th district championship in 25 seasons on Thursday. Senior, Thomas Weiss, now a four-time state qualifier, and freshman Sam Stickels won four straight matches on their way to the district doubles championship, blasting Keokuk juniors Gabe Vandenberg and Dan Williams 6-2, 6-1 in the finals. Senior, Sam Arsanjani won three matches and... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Defeat Fairfield in Regional Tennis

From the Fairfield Ledger -- Not much looked different about the Maharishi School girls’ tennis team as it made the transition from regular season to postseason play Saturday. The Pioneer girls, owners of an undefeated record in the regular season, opened up regional play with two straight victories against Davis County and Fairfield at the Punj... Read More »

Pioneer Girls’ Tennis Tops Burlington

From the Fairfield Ledger-- BURLINGTON — The Maharishi School girls’ tennis team will be entering regional play with a spotless record following its season finale 7-2 victory over Burlington Thursday. The Pioneers improved to 9-0 on the season taking four of six victories in singles play and sweeping all three doubles matches on the Grayhounds’ courts.... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Remain Undefeated

From the Fairfield Ledger-- It was a hot, humid day for tennis Saturday, but Pioneer girls’ tennis kept its cool in a double dual against Albia and Holy Trinity. The Pioneers won 16 of 18 matches on the day to top both adversaries on the Punj Tennis Center courts in Fairfield. Maharishi School posted a 7-2... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Win Ottumwa Invitational

From the Fairfield Ledger-- OTTUMWA — The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team won 25 out of 27 round-robin matches on its way to taking the Ottumwa Invitational team crown Saturday. The Pioneers swept seven divisions and finished runner-up in the other two to finish with 34 points. The host Bulldogs came in second with 24 points,... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Improve Record to 6-0

From the Fairfield Ledger -- The Maharishi School girls’ tennis team was without three varsity players Thursday but received contributions throughout the lineup to post an 8-1 win over West Burlington. “I’m very proud of how well our girls played today,” said Pioneer coach Laurie Eyre. “Without our Nos. 1, 2 and 4 players, each girl... Read More »

Pioneers Hand Fairfield First Loss in Seven Meets

From the Fairfield Ledger-- The Maharishi School girls’ tennis team looked at home on the Fairfield Middle School courts Tuesday, posting its third team sweep of the season with a win over Fairfield. Led by commanding wins at the top of the lineup, the Pioneers swept both singles and doubles matches to take a 9-0 victory.... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Down Fort Madison

From the Fairffield Ledger-- The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team had no surprises in store for its fans Tuesday as it handled Fort Madison at Punj Tennis Center courts. The Pioneers posted a clean 9-0 win for their seventh team victory in 2012 and dropped only nine games in singles action. Pioneer senior Thomas Weiss, playing... Read More »

Pioneers Outlast Ottumwa in Monday Tennis Action

From the Fairfield Ledger-- OTTUMWA — It took nearly three and a half hours Monday, but the Maharishi School boys’ tennis team was able to post its sixth win of the season. The Pioneers battled to an 8-1 away win vs. Ottumwa, winning five of six singles matches and sweeping the doubles matches. According to head... Read More »

Arsanjani Leads Pioneer Boys to Tourney Title

from the Fairfield Ledger -- The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team rode senior Sam Arsanjani’s coattails to victory Saturday at its own Pioneer Invitational. Arsanjani won 48 of 52 games played in No. 1 singles action to capture the title. The senior Pioneer’s wide wargin of victory gave Maharishi School the cushion it needed to fend... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Receive Boost From Bottom of Lineup

From the Fairfield Ledger-- Even without its No. 1 singles player, the Maharishi School girls’ tennis team managed an impressive 6-3 meet win over Holy Trinity Thursday. Without Minna Mohammadi, Nos. 4-6 came through to win in singles action and the Pioneers swept all three doubles matches. At No. 4 singles, Alina Knight rallied back to... Read More »

Pioneers Topple City High

IOWA CITY — Maharishi School’s Sam Arsanjani celebrated his birthday with two victories Thursday to lead the Pioneers over Iowa City High 7-2. Arsanjani won at No. 1 singles, and the senior teamed up with Raphael Gelfand for another victory at No. 2 doubles. Other singles wins for MSAE came from senior Thomas Weiss and freshman... Read More »

Pioneer Girls Start Strong

From the Fairfield Ledger --   Members of the 2012 Maharishi School girls’ tennis squad are pictured, from left, front row: Isabel Reed, Hifza Akbar, Minna Mohammadi, Alina Knight, Flower Shreck, Jacqueline Leete, head coach Laurie Eyre; back row: Gabriella Sleiman, Adinda Koopmans, Katia Sheridan, Pearl Sawhney, Sophia Medvedeva, Xi Wei and Lydia Huggins. The Pioneers... Read More »

Pioneer Girls’ Tennis Records Another Sweep

Fairfield Ledger-- The Maharishi School girls’ tennis team topped Fort Madison 9-0 Thursday in Fairfield to record its second straight team sweep. “Once again, everyone played well,” said MSAE head coach Laurie Eyre. “We are delighted that it didn’t rain and that all our players had a chance to play.” Minna Mohammadi led the Pioneers with... Read More »

Pioneer Girls’ Tennis Wins Big in Opener

Reposted from Fairfield Ledger - WEST BURLINGTON — Like the boys’ team before it, Maharishi School girls’ tennis opened the season with a convincing win over West Burlington/Notre Dame on Tuesday. The Pioneers posted a 9-0 sweep against the Nikes, altogether surrendering just 12 games while winning 71. MSAE won two varsity matches by sweeps. “It... Read More »

Pioneers Win Hometown Showdown

By Michael Leach, Ledger sports editor The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team had to go without two of its varsity mainstays Monday against Fairfield but received a huge lift from a pair of newcomers. MSAE sophomores Davis Fleshman and Avery Mullenneaux both posted straight set wins in their varsity singles debuts to help the Pioneers roll... Read More »

Pioneers Fourth at Weekend Tournament

From The Fairfield Ledger -- By Michael Leach, Ledger CEDAR RAPIDS — The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team went toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the state Saturday at the Dave Meyer Warrior Invitational in Cedar Rapids. The Pioneers finished fourth in the six-team field made up of much larger schools. Anchored by a... Read More »

Pioneers Boys Tennis

From Fairfield Ledger 04/05/12 Members of the 2012 Maharishi School boys’ tennis team are pictured, from left, front row: David Fleshman, Sam Stickels, Rashan Anderson, Raffi Gelfand, Solaris Nite, Daniel Pirc, head coach Lawrence Eyre; back row: assistant coach Rick Trautman, Thomas Weiss, Avery Mullenneaux, Sam Arsanjani, Surya Sawhney, Hong Li Liu, Nicolas Martina and Girindra... Read More »

Pioneer Boys Light Up Nikes In Opener

From the Fairfield Ledger -- Michael Leach Apr 03, 2012-- Though the weather was hot on the Punj Tennis Center courts Monday, the play of the Maharishi School boys’ tennis team proved even hotter. The Pioneer boys picked up the 2012 season right where they left off last year and rolled to a 9-0 match sweep... Read More »

Maharishi School Poised For Another Final Four Run

From Fairfield Ledger --  Michael Leach--  Photo Carson Tigges / Ledger Archive --Mar 23, 2012  Only so many constants exist in sports, and over the past 25 years Maharishi School has staked its claim to one of them. As surely as the Chicago Cubs won’t win the World Series and the Duke Blue Devils will earn... Read More »

Lawrence Eyre Featured in National Pro Tennis Magazine

ADDvantage, the Magazine for the United States Professional Tennis Association, features Lawrence Eyre, 2009 USPTA National High School Coach of the Year. Get your game on track with meditation and yoga by Eric Hinchman, USPTA January 2012--The mind of a tennis player is the craziest thing. Consider the 1975 Wimbledon men's final when Arthur Ashe defeated... Read More »

Arsanjani, Nite and Morales win at Westfield Tennis Club Junior Christmas Classic

At the Westfield Tennis Club Junior Christmas Classic, held in Cedar Rapids from December 27-31, Solaris Nite and Chandre Morales won the boys’ 16 doubles. Chandre was the runner-up in the boys’ 14 singles as well. Sam Arsanjani  won the 18 and under doubles and the single consolation for 18 and under. Congratulations!

Tennis Coach Lawrence Eyre Featured on TM.Org

AN INTERVIEW WITH LAWRENCE EYRE, "NATIONAL TENNIS COACH OF THE YEAR" Eleven-year-old Lawrence Eyre loved tennis from the first moment he set foot on court. He learned to play in the public parks of Moline, Illinois, and in high school he became the Quad-Cities singles and doubles champion. At Yale University he varsity lettered his freshman... Read More »

Maharishi School is Class 1A runner-up for third straight year

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | Jun 01, 2011  Maharishi School poses with the Class 1A runner-up trophy and banner for the third-straight year after Tuesday’s state tournament in Johnston. Pictured are, from left to right, front row: Derek Thatcher, Brenton Schwartz; back row: head coach Lawrence Eyre, Thomas Weiss, Sam Arsanjani, Raphael Gelfand, Nicolas... Read More »

Weiss, Thatcher Take Third at Tennis State Tournament

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor  Maharishi School's Thomas Weiss (left) and Derek Thatcher have piled up a 44-6 career record in doubles play and finished third for the second year in a row at the Class 1A state individual tournament Saturday. WATERLOO — Maharishi School’s Thomas Weiss and Derek Thatcher finished third in Class 1A... Read More »

Pioneers rule district tournament; qualify singles, doubles

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | May 13, 2011 (Photo by: Carson Tigges) MSAE’s Raphael Gelfand was unseeded entering the district tournament but played his way to runner-up to qualify for the state singles tournament. Unseeded Raphael Gelfand began his day with an upset of second-seeded Andrew Schulte of Keokuk and it was just the... Read More »

Maharishi School Boys Blank Fort Madison On the Road

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | May 04, 2011 FORT MADISON — Less than 24 hours removed from Monday’s marathon match against Ottumwa, Maharishi School was back at it on the road against Fort Madison. The Pioneers improved their dual record to 6-1 on the year with a 9-0 pounding of the Bloodhounds. Maharishi School... Read More »

Maharishi School Powers Past Fairfield Girls Tennis

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | May 04, 2011 Fairfield’s No. 1 Ena Alcan was absent Tuesday, and Maharishi School took advantage with close wins up and down the lineup to post a 7-2 victory. Haylee Gilpin stepped in to play No. 1 singles for the Trojans, but couldn’t keep up with Minna Mohammadi, who... Read More »

Maharishi School Boys Tennis Team Downs Ottumwa

from It took nearly 4 hours but Maharishi School got by Ottumwa 7-2 in boys tennis yesterday. They took 4 of 6 in singles including Thomas Weiss at 2, Derek Thatcher the 3 spot, Solaris Nite at 5 and number 6 player Brenton Schwartz. Sweeping the doubles were Weiss and Thatcher at one, Sam Arsanjani... Read More »

“Sparks Fly” As Maharishi School Tops Ottumwa

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | May 03, 2011 Nearly four hours were in the books and the sun had just about called it a day, but Maharhishi School picked up a fiercly-contested 7-2 win over Ottumwa Monday evening. Pioneer head coach Lawrence Eyre called it a “high energy duke out” from start to finish,... Read More »

Maharishi School First in Boys Tennis Invitational

From news The Maharishi School boys tennis team took the title of the tournament they hosted Saturday winning a total of 210 games. The Pioneers came out on top in each division including Sam Arsanjani at number on singles, Derek Thatcher and Thomas Weiss the one doubles, each racking up a score of 53, Raffi... Read More »

Pioneers Get Clean Sweep at Home Invite

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | May 02, 2011 Maharishi School takes team title by wide margin. Maharishi School finished on top of all four divisions at the Pioneer Invite Saturday and continued its string of tournament titles in dominating fashion. Sam Arsanjani scored 53 games and Raphael Gelfand won 52 to become singles champs... Read More »

Pioneers Get a Crack at Tough Pella Invitational Field

By Carson Tigges, Fairfield Ledger sports editor | Apr 25, 2011 PELLA — For the first time in three years, weather allowed the Maharishi School boys’ tennis team to play the Pella Invitational Saturday. In what could prove to be a preview of the substate tournament coming up next month, the Pioneers finished second in the... Read More »

Maharishi School Girls 1-0 With Fresh Lineup

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor Minna Mohammadi will lead a 2011 Maharishi School tennis lineup that is full of new faces. Mohammadi is the only returning player from last year’s top six and now steps in to play No. 1 singles. Thanks to graduation, the other five members of the usual varsity lineup from a... Read More »

Maharishi School Girls Win Opener

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor After getting rained out at Saturday’s Fort Madison Invitational, the Maharishi School girls’ tennis team went inside to avoid Tuesday’s showers and finally got its season underway. The Pioneers came up with an 8-1 victory over West Burlington inside the Maharishi University of Management Recreation Center Tuesday afternoon. “It was... Read More »

Pioneers Roll Past Fairfield

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | Apr 19, 2011 The Fairfield boys’ tennis team only had four players and was blanked by a seasoned Maharishi School team Monday afternoon. In chilly conditions, the Pioneers surrendered just two games in a total of six matches. Girindra Selleck was able to steal a game from Sam Arsanjani... Read More »

Maharishi School finishes 2nd to end great tennis season

After rumbling through Atlantic to begin the state tournament Tuesday in Des Moines, Maharishi School ran into a Waterloo Columbus buzz saw in the championship game, but can once again call themselves the second best tennis team in the state. After coming up with the same result a season ago, the The Pioneer lineup that returned... Read More »

Pioneers heading back to state tourney

By Carson Tigges, Ledger Sports Editor Published: Monday, May 24 A year ago, Maharishi School’s substate final vs. Oskaloosa came down to the final set of the final match before the Pionners ultimatly punched their ticket to the Class 1A final four. This time around, five players returning from that squad did what they could to... Read More »

Doubles Team Advances to State

The Maharishi School Girl's Tennis team finished another outstanding season with a record of 9 and 2. The Pioneers will be represented by Angela Sickler and Minna Mohammadi in the Class 1A state doubles tournament that will get underway on June 3rd at Iowa City. Coach Laurie Eyre said, "I am very proud of Angela and... Read More »

Maharishi School Conquers District; Sends Singles, Doubles to State

By Carson Tigges, Fairfield Ledger sports editor Monday, May 17, 2010 2:22 PM CDT OTTUMWA —Sooner or later, they’re just going to automatically advance the Maharishi School boys’ tennis team. But for now, the Pioneers are still fine with proving what they can do on the court and they did so again Friday. MSAE picked up... Read More »


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