The Osceola Chieftain tennis team entered sub-sectional play looking at some tough draws. Osceola was matched up twice against Ashland, who went on to place first as a team; twice against Altoona who ended up in fourth place; and twice against Baldwin-Woodville who is always a tough draw. The Chieftains played hard with one match going to a tie-breaker but were unable to put any wins on the board.
“The season ended at Baldwin/Woodville with no one advancing from sub-sectionals but everyone playing their best, having good sportsmanship and giving their full effort,” Osceola coach Beth Friedrichsen said. “That is all that I can ask for. I hate when the tennis season comes to an end because I so enjoy working with these young people. It is an honor to see them become better and be brave out on the court playing such a tough sport.”
Nolan Claassen, playing at the No.1 singles spot for Osceola, fell in his opening match to Carson Honkala of Ashland.
“As I have said before, the No. 1 singles spot is the toughest spot on any team and the kid who fills that spot has to play the best they can play every time,” Friedrichsen said. “Nolan faced tough competition all season and he really learned a great deal and will hopefully be able to come back next year and be a top player in the conference.”
Brayden Thomas went to a tie-breaker in his play-in match at No. 2 singles before falling to Carter VanSomeren of Baldwin-Woodville.
“Brayden is such a coachable player,” Friedrichsen said. “He always wants to be better and understand the game better. He has come a long way and we appreciate his openness to learning new skills.”
Keng Eungumporn, lost in his No. 3 singles match to Tyler Barnett of Baldwin-Woodville. Eungumporn started from scratch in tennis this season having never played the game before in his native Thailand.