BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
BURLINGTON – The Fort Madison boys tennis team remains unbeaten on the year after knocking off Burlington on the road 6-3 to highlight boys’ tennis action Thursday night.
The Bloodhounds move to 6-0 on the year as the top four singles players Sam Avery, Jason Thurman, Vasin Thurman and Reed Fehseke have not dropped a set all year – in singles or doubles.
Avery was gave up four games in the first set to Burlington’s Jon Jarvis, but took the set 6-4 and rebounded to win the second set 6-0.
Jason and Vasin Thurman, playing at Nos. 2 and 3 both shut out their opponents by 6-0, 6-0 scores and Reed Fehseke knocked of Jacob Hardy 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
Burlington got two singles win at 5 and 6. Charles Carlson defeated Bryce Workman after Workman took a 6-4 first set win. Carlson countered with a 6-4 second set win of his own and then too the first-to-10 tiebreaker 10-2.
Tyson Powers downed Fort Madison’s Levi Sissel 6-2, 6-2.
Head Coach Dean Hogan said the Bloodhounds are getting good competition even though the scores don’t always indicate it.
“We’ll wait til districts to talk about the level of competition because anything can happen during the season,” he said.
Most of the Bloodhound wins have been relatively lopsided, but Hogan attributes that to time on the court and sticking to fundamentals.
“These kids have worked hard and put in the time, not just during the season but during the summer too. They just like to get out and play. But on the court they are stay focused, they stay in the game until it’s finished.”
Feheske is playing in his first season of organized tennis, but Hogan said he has played the game recreational on his own time and just sticks to the fundamentals.
“He doesn’t get flustered at all,” Hogan said. “He’s a very calm and collected young man. He has really good court sense and works the angles to get points and get wins.”
In doubles action, the Thurmans took out Jarvis and Drake Parks 6-1, 6-1, while Avery and Fehseke downed Cody Neuman and Jacob Hardy 6-3, 6-3. The Grayhounds Carlson and Powers downed Workman and Sissel 6-1, 6-4.
The Hounds should get tested on Saturday when the travel to Pella for a six-team invitational at Pella High School’s Caldwell Park.