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May 10, 2013

Panthers place 4th in LHC tennis

Pella won the Little Hawkeye Conference Boys’ Tennis Tournament Monday with 50 points.

The Dutch were followed by Grinnell with 44, Norwalk at 38 and Knoxville in fourth with 24 points.

The rest of the field had Newton fifth with 20 points and Oskaloosa sixth with 16.

The Panthers are coached by Josh McCollam.

Jared McClung finished 4th in first flight singles after beating Nate Hinshaw of Newton 6-0, 6-0, losing to eventual champion Will Hamilton of Grinnell 1-6, 0-6, and losing to Austin Grant of Norwalk 4-6, 3-6.

Colby Jones finished in 5th place in second flight singles after losing to Jake Kaul of Norwalk 2-6, 5-7 and beating Nate Caves of Oskaloosa 1-6, 6-4, 10-5.

In first flight doubles Austin Little and Tony Salato won their first match 6-4, 6-4 against Sebastian Peters and Ben VenDalen of Newton before losing to Austin LaVell and Grant Wright of Norwalk 0-6, 1-6 and losing to a Grinnell team made up of Hayes Durbin and Nathan Oster 2-6, 2-6 to finish 4th.

In second flight doubles Braden DeLong and AJ Jackson finished in 5th place after losing a close one 3-6, 6-2, 8-10 to Spencer Hook and Brenden Brown of Newton, then defeating Zach Milona and Dakota McBurney 7-6, 6-7, 10-2.

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