All Good Things Must Come to an End – Tennis Boys Sectionals


Drew Henry Handloser, Author

The Seymour Boy Owls drew a bye for the first round of sectionals, setting off with their eyes on the prize ready for the trophy that was once theirs.

The first match for the Owls was on September 30th, against Scottsburg. The Birds had already faced off against this team in the regular season before and were looking to add another win to their belt. The Owls did just that winning 5-0 with nothing short of a beat-down. This win sent the owls to the Sectionals Finals in a rematch of last year’s final.

Hungry for revenge and gold, the Owls got ready for their match against Austin on October 1st. This game had been what the team had wanted for the whole season; the chance to bring back another sectional title.

The Owls started strong as Andrew Levine won his match very quickly 6-1, 6-1. Jack VonDielingen and Eli Meyer were not too far behind winning 6-2, 6-0. But this strong start did not continue for the Owls. Hunter Heckman was next off the court but lost 3-6, 2-6. The Owls needed only one more win to win the sectional title. Joe Schmidt won his first set easily winning 6-1, but his game went on a steady decline from there. Schmidt ended up losing his match 6-1, 4-6, 5-7, but had nothing short of a very hard-fought game.

With the match score at 2-2, the pressure of the match was put on the shoulders of Reuben Kruse and Trevor Alberring. Trevor and Reuben had all eyes on them as they went to a third set tiebreaker. The Owls couldn’t catch a break as Austin proceeded to win and sent the Owls home.

This night was a very emotional and shocking night for the whole team, as this was the second time in a row the Owls had lost the Sectionals Championship to Austin.

Meyer and Vondielingen went undefeated in Sectional play, sending them to Regionals.