STRADAL AND HAYS GO 3-1 ON DAY 1 — The Alton doubles duo of Carl Stradal and Drew Hays enjoyed a stellar Day 1 at the state tennis tournament in Chicagoland on Thursday.
Stradal and Hays are the lone local netters still alive on Day 2 of the three-day event. They went 3-1 on Thursday and find themselves in the fourth-round consolation bracket against Rory O'Donnell and Jack Bernstein of LaGrange Lyons. They plat at Mount Prospect High School today.
Stradal and Hays beat Matthew Wuyan and Michael Sarazen of Chicago Latin in the first round Thursday, 6-1, 6-3. They then lost 6-1, 6-0 to Lemont's Nick Urban and Nathaniel Burner in the second round before rebounding to top Nick Hauptmann and Kevin Schreiner of St. Charles East 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 and Austin Wabi and Alan Wang of Tinley Park Andrew 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in two consolation matches.
Stradal and Hays' Redbird teammates Kain Henson and Jackson Scheiter saw their state aspirations come to a close on Thursday with a 1-2 mark.
Henson and Scheiter lost 6-1, 7-5 to Michael Gasick and Julian Janczak of Libertyville in the opening round. They responded with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Raheem Butt and Haroon Makhdoom, but lost to Riley Marshall and Patrick McGuigan 7-6 (0), 5-7, 7-6 (2) in their next consolation match to end their tournament.
Marquette Catholic's Nick Berkenbile won a match on Thursday at state, but ended up going 1-2 to end his run.
Berkenbile lost to Brandon Willis of Summit Argo 6-3, 6-3, then beat Josh Han of Dunlap 6-4, 6-1, but followed it up with a loss to James Carroll of Mendota 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.
Civic Memorial's Brett Norvell was unable to scratch out a state victory on Thursday. Unfortunately, the CM senior fell 6-1, 6-1 to Moline's Bill Johnson and Jay Niebrugge of Effinghan St. Anthony 6-0, 6-0.
On the team front, Alton finds itself in a tie for 35th place with five points. Locally, Edwardsville is in a tie for 10th with 12 points, O'Fallon is in a tie for 17th with 10 points and Belleville East is knotted up for 20th with nine team points. Annual powerhouse Hinsdale Central leads the field with 24 points.