Stoughton senior Hayden Schreier at No. 1 singles won a championship in the Stoughton Invitational on Saturday, May 7, at Stoughton High School.
Schreier won all three of his matches. The toughest match of the tournament came in the title match where he survived Oregon’s Kyle Barnish in three sets 6-1, 5-7,. 10-7. He opened the tournament by knocking off Janesville Parker’s Sam Walters 6-3, 6-0. He then defeated DeForest’s Owen Horton 6-3, 6-3.
Two other Viking singles players - Nathan Eppler (No. 2 singles) and Gabe Horton (No. 4 singles) finished the invitational 2-1 and helped the Vikings finish fourth in the eight-team tournament with 10 points, one point behind third-place DeForest. Oregon edged Milton for the team title 17-14.
Eppler at No. 2 singles cruised by Jefferson’s Eduardo Medina 6-1, 6-1. He also rolled by Janesville Parker’s Syrus Worden 6-2, 6-0. Eppler lost a three-set match to Milton’s Colton Waltz 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.
At No. 4 singles, Horton’s only loss came to Jefferson’s Ivan Perez in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 12-10. He bounced back with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Sauk Prairie’s Ivo Graber. He then pulled out a three-set match over Janesville Parker’s Braden Heacox 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 10-6. The Vikings’ Isaac Ringen at No. 3 singles went 1-2. He defeated Grafton’s Jacob Dempley 6-0, 6-1.
Two of Stoughton’s four doubles teams finished 1-2. The Vikings’ No. 1 doubles team of Kyle Day and Evan Loftus clipped Jefferson’s Cole Huebel and Zephyr Marek 6-4, 7-6 (2). The tandem lost to Oregon’s Gordon Zehng and Charlie Barnish 6-2, 6-3. Janesville Parker’s Jeremy Schoville and Hunter Woodworth outlasted Day and Loftus in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Stoughton’s Finnigan Novak and Joshua Phillips at No. 2 doubles defeated Sauk Prairie’s Brody Wolfe and Boden Brodeur 6-0, 6-4. The Panther duo lost to Oregon’s Tyler Fisher and Trelan Hake 6-0, 6-0 and lost to Grafton’s Greg Dempsey and Liam Rau 1-6, 6-2, 12-10.
Stoughton lost a Badger Conference dual match to Watertown 6-1 on Friday, May 6, at Brandt-Quirk Park. Results of the Vikings’ match against Watertown and a conference match against DeForest on Thursday, May 5, at Stoughton High School were not available at press time.