OTHS Tennis shows strength at Bloomington Gold Tourney

(Submitted Photo)

Girls Tennis had a great weekend at the Bloomington Gold Invitational. They finished in fourth place out of 16 teams.

At 1 Doubles, Emiley Fritz and Kate Macaluso finished in third place.

In Singles, Fritz finished in second place at 2 Singles and came home with a medal. Ali and Megan Mueller finished third in their flights of 3 and 4 Singles, and Danielle Warren finished in fourth at 6 Singles. 

Earlier in the week, they defeated East St. Louis 6-0 and Collinsville 9-0 to move to 7-1 on the year and 2-0 in the Conference.

Emiley Fritz (Submitted Photo)

Emiley Fritz steps seamlessly into captain’s position

Emiley Fritz

By Nick Miller

Stepping up into a leadership this role, Emiley Fritz has proven to be an invaluable piece of Coach Erin Thoman’s tennis team.

“Emiley is our captain. She steps in wherever she is needed. She normally plays #2 singles and #1 doubles, but the first match of this season she stepped up and played #1 singles because of the #1 player being out sick. She has a great work ethic and is definitely a huge team leader,” Thoman said.

Thoman said Fritz, a four year varsity letterman, does a great job of leading by example.

“Emiley is a great role model. She’s always cheering and pumping up her teammates. She’s a tremendous asset to the tennis program and offers a great example for the other girls to look up to,” Thoman said.

Fritz has worked hard to achieve success on the court. Thoman said that hard work has been noticed.

“Emiley was named the Most Improved Player in the Southwestern Conference last year. She puts in a lot of time and effort before, during, and after the season. She had a tremendous jump in level of play from her sophomore to her junior year,” Thoman said.

While Thoman said Fritz is still deciding on her college plans, she is enjoying her time coaching her now.

“She gives the program 110 percent every day. She is enthusiastic and fun to watch,” Thoman said. “Emiley is so self motivated and is a pleasure to coach!”

Lady Panthers Tennis starts season at Charger Invitational

Pictured from left: Megan Mueller, Lindsay Miles, Ali Mueller, Zoie Howard, Emiley Fritz, Kate Macaluso (Submitted Photo)

The OTHS Girls Tennis team opened their season at the Charger Invitational on Saturday, August 18, at Atkins Tennis Center at the University of Illinois.

Emiley Fritz and Kate Macaluso finished in third Place in the 1 Doubles Flight. Their only loss came from eventual champion, Warrenville South. 

Lindsay Miles also scored two wins at the 2 Singles Flight.

Athlete Spotlight – Byrnside finishes senior season on high note

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The end of a high school career is always a bittersweet moment for coach and player.

For OTHS Head Girls Tennis Coach Erin Thoman, the end of senior captain Abbey Byrnside’s high school career is just that.

“Abbey has been a great influence on everyone in the program during her time here,” Thoman said. “She has an infectious attitude and a tremendous work ethic.”

Byrnside has been a key cog in the Panther attack this season, helping lead one of the Metro East’s top teams through one of the best seasons in program history. Byrnside’s leadership has helped her teammates grow into one of the most exciting young rosters in the area.

“It’s so invaluable to have someone like Abbey on your team,” Thoman added. “Everything she does is to improve herself and those around her, and that makes my job as a coach that much easier.”

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Lady Panther Tennis struggles with Lancers, excels in weekend tourney

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

RIGHT: OTHS’s number one singles player, sophomore Miley Brunner, competes last Saturday against Quincy. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately for the O’Fallon Township High School Lady Panther Tennis team, that end came on Tuesday at Belleville East.

The Lady Panthers came into the contest among the Southwestern Conference’s hottest teams across both match and tournament play, but the Lancers would find a way to slow the O’Fallon charge.

Maddie Buscher of the Lancers would top Ali Mueller in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, setting the stage for a run of difficult results.

Zoie Howard fell 7-6 in the first set after 8 draws, before losing the second set 7-5 in an emotional, competitive affair to Maddy Hamilton while JoJo Skaer topped Emiley Fritz 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets.

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Lady Panther Tennis keeps going strong

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The Lady Panthers tennis team took fourth at the Bloomington Gold Invitational. Additionally, Miley Brunner and Kate Macaluso took first overall for doubles, while Emiley Fritz placed second in singles. (Photo by Bryan Fritz)

The O’Fallon Township High School Lady Panther Tennis team has been on quite the roll all season long, and last Wednesday afternoon the Blue and Gold kept that roll going.

Emiley Fritz ran off a perfect bout against Karalyn Mitchell and O’Fallon dominated in all facets en route to a 9-0 road win over the Collinsville Kahoks.

Miley Brunner knocked off Jennaka Cain 6-1, 6-0 while her doubles partner Kate Macaluso defeated Amy Burgess 6-0, 6-1.

Fritz’ partner Abbey Byrnside topped Lexi Ludgate in consecutive sets of 6-1, as was the score in the match between Ali Mueller in the Blue and Gold and Ali Moore in the Purple and White, with Mueller getting the decisive edge.

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OTHS Tennis Continues Hot Start

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

While this past week wasn’t very busy from a Southwestern Conference perspective for the O’Fallon Township High School Lady Panther Tennis team, the Blue and Gold still managed to capitalize on their chance to add to their early season success.

O’Fallon managed to add a pair of non-conference tallies to their season total with home wins over Mascoutah and Centralia.

On Wednesday against the Indians, Miley Brunner knocked off Anna Rosenstengel in straight sets 6-0, 6-1, while doubles partner Kate Macaluso managed to top Colleen Spehar 6-2, 6-1. Emiley Fritz took down Paige Engelage in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.

Abbey Byrnside won perhaps the afternoon’s most compelling affair, defeating Ella Mostoller 6-4, 7-5 while Zoie Howard managed a more stress-free 6-1, 6-1 win over Anna Marison. Ali Mueller would beat Abby Spitler in perfect straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to wrap up a perfect Singles slate for the Lady Panthers.

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Lady Panther Tennis wraps up busy week

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Junior Lindsay Miles prepares to serve during play on Saturday as part of the Edwardsville tournament in matches held at OTHS. Also pictured is freshman Ali Mueller.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

The O’Fallon Township High School Lady Panthers tennis team continued its strong run to open the season this past week, riding dominant all around performances to a pair of head to head wins before splitting four tough tournament matchups.

Wednesday afternoon on the road in Granite City, the Lady Panthers flexed their collective muscles against the Warriors, dominating on all fronts to race out to a 9-0 win.

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Athlete Spotlight – Brunner and Macaluso Impress as a Duo

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

For the O’Fallon Lady Panthers Tennis team, any chance to showcase their wares against programs from all reaches of the state is an exciting opportunity.

For the doubles pairing of Miley Brunner and Kate Macaluso, the Champaign Centennial Invitational at the Atkins Tennis Center was an opportunity to show the rest of Illinois that they are a force to be reckoned with on the courts.

On August 19th, the Lady Panthers made the trip north to Champaign where they would compete against some of the best tennis talent the state of Illinois has to offer, and the sophomore duo proved they belong in that conversation.

The pair defeated the Warren Township pair of Ayalur and Janti in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 before a matchup against the duo from 2nd place Wheaton Warrenville South, Liza Dryer and Sophia Stamatopoulos.

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Lady Panthers take third in Centennial Invite

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The O’Fallon Township High School Girls Tennis team travelled north to Champaign on August 19 to compete in the 2017 Champaign Centennial Invite against some of the top teams in the state of Illinois.

Eager to start the new season on the right foot, the Lady Panthers wasted no time making a strong impression against some stout competition.

O’Fallon placed third overall out of 16 schools at the invitational and second overall out of Southwestern Conference competition.

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Panther Tennis Blanks Warriors

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The OTHS Tennis team.

The O’Fallon Girls Tennis Team could not have imagined a much better start to their 2017 season than what came last Wednesday.

It was, quite literally, perfect.

OTHS dominated Granite City on the courts from start to finish, racing away with a 9-0 win to open their conference schedule.

The Lady Panthers dropped just four sets the entire afternoon, going 108-4.

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Lady tennis team ends season on a high note

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

tennis-resizedThe O’Fallon lady tennis team advanced four girls to the State tournament this past Saturday. Katie Halwachs, Mackenzie Shelton, Miley Brunner, and Kate Macaluso all participated.

The ladies competed in the Class 2A State tournament and Coach Erin Thoman said, “Being in Class 2A was tough competition.”

Halwachs and Shelton were competing in singles, while Brunner and Macaluso were competing in Doubles.

Halwachs won her first match against Normal Community 6-2, and 7-5, before facing Naperville Central in the second round. Coach Thoman said, “We were very happy that Katie was able to get a win in the first round.” Shelton was defeated after a hard-fought set against Highland Park and Palatine.

Doubles teammates, Brunner and Macaluso, lost in the first round to Chicago (Whitney Young) 6-3, and 6-2. The ladies would then fall in the consolation bracket to Naperville.

Despite not medaling at the State tournament, it was a memorable season for the ladies and they have much to look forward to.

“I am very proud of the girls that the girls made it to State! They worked hard this season and making it to State was a big accomplishment,” said Coach Thoman.

 

Lady Panthers Tennis advances four players to State

Shelton, Halwachs advance in Singles

Brunner and Macaluso advance in Doubles

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

tennis-resizedThe Lady Panthers finished second overall at Sectionals and advanced four players to State, which starts on Thursday in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

The ladies finished second with 23 points, only trailing Edwardsville by 10 points.

“The sectional was loaded with all the Southwestern Conference teams, Chatham Glenwood and Springfield. We knew coming in that it would be a battle with Edwardsville,” Coach Erin Thoman said.

The ladies and Coach Thoman were very pleased with their performances, Coach Thoman said, “Advancing three entries and coming in second in the Sectional behind Edwardsville is something we couldn’t even imagine.”

Seniors Mackenzie Shelton, and Katie Halwachs placed second and third in Singles and will advance to the State tournament.

Freshman duo, Miley Brunner, and Kate Macaluso finished in fourth place in Doubles and will also advance to the State tournament.

Coach Thoman also wanted to mention that Juniors Mady Schreiber, and Abbey Byrnside played an exceptionally hard fought match against Edwardsville. Due to Senior Grace Lindsay being injured, Byrnside had to step up as her replacement. Coach Thoman said, “Abbey stepped up and played beyond our expectations.”

Coach Thoman said, “It was an awesome weekend, and I’m so proud of all the girls. We are looking forward to playing at State in Chicago!”

The ladies will travel to Chicago this Thursday and Seniors Mackenzie Shelton, and Katie Halwachs will compete in Singles. Freshman Miley Brunner, and Kate Macaluso will also compete in Doubles.

Lady tennis team shows dominance at Southwestern Conference tourney

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

tennis-resizedThe O’Fallon Lady Panthers tennis team continues its dominant season, heading full steam ahead to the post-season. The team competed in the Southwestern Conference Tournament, where they tied for second overall.

Before the weekend tournament, the O’Fallon Lady Panthers tennis team traveled to Belleville West in a conference matchup on Tuesday. The ladies defeated the Maroons 9-0, winning in all Singles and Doubles matches.

Mackenzie Shelton, Katie Halwachs, Mady Schreiber, Miley Brunner, Kate Macaluso, and Abbey Byrnside all earned victories in their Singles matches. The ladies also went 3-0 in their doubles matches.

On Thursday, the ladies hosted Alton Marquette, and went on to shut them out 9-0. The ladies put on a dominant performance in their Singles and Doubles. In singles, the ladies outscored the Explorers 72-5.

The ladies had a very busy week, and their schedule continued to be full for the weekend. The Varsity girls competed in the Southwestern Conference Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The eight teams from the SWC competing in the tournament were O’Fallon, Edwardsville, Belleville East, Belleville West, Alton, Collinsville, Granite City, and East St. Louis.

The ladies finished tied for second overall with 59 points, out of eight teams total.

In Doubles matches, Mackenzie Shelton and Katie Halwachs finished in second place, along with Mady Schreiber and Abby Byrnside. Miley Brunner and Kate Macaluso finished in third place.

In Singles matches, Mady Schreiber, Miley Brunner, and Kate Macaluso finished in second place overall. Mackenzie Shelton, Katie Halwachs, and Abbey Byrnside came in third place overall to help their team finish in second place overall.

Girls Tennis gets victory on Senior Night

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER
Senior Grace Lindsey was one of the six seniors honored at Wednesday's match against Alton. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Senior Grace Lindsey was one of the six seniors honored at Wednesday’s match against Alton. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – The ladies had a very busy week of tennis this week, as they dropped their first match of the week to conference opponent Edwardsville, 2-7. Senior Captain, Grace Lindsay, was the lone winner in Singles defeating her opponent, 6-4 and 6-3.

Seniors Mackenzie Shelton, and Katie Halwachs won their Doubles match after losing their first match 0-6, they came back and won the next matches 7-6(4), and 11-9 to take the series. Head Coach Erin Thoman said, “I was very proud of our Seniors, Grace, Mackenzie and Katie for getting our two wins against Edwardsville. Even though we lost the match 2-7, that was a highlight for the Seniors because that was the first time they had beaten Edwardsville.”

“We celebrated Senior Night on Wednesday defeating Alton, and everyone played great!” Thoman said. O’Fallon honored their six Seniors: Mackenzie Shelton, Katie Halwachs, Grace Lindsay, Amanda Hair, Kami Hostetter, and Jess Wilson.

The ladies played back-to-back days, and hosted conference opponent Alton, defeating the Redbirds in a shutout, 9-0. Seniors Mackenzie Shelton, Katie Halwachs, and Grace Lindsay each defeated their opponent in Singles allowing Alton to just four points total. Junior Mady Schreiber won her matches 6-1 and 6-1. Freshman Kate Macaluso defeated her opponent 6-0, and 6-1. Miley Brunner also defeated her opponent 6-0, and 6-0.

The Panthers also went 3-0 in their Doubles matches beating their opponents by a combined score of 37-10. Brunner and Macaluso won their matches 6-1 and 7-5. Lindsay and Schreiber also got a victory winning 6-1, and 6-2. And the unstoppable duo of Shelton and Halwachs dominated their opponent winning 6-0 and 6-1.

The Lady Panthers have a busy upcoming schedule as they travel to Belleville West on Tuesday, host Alton Marquette on Thursday, and the Conference tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday hosted by Belleville West.