Pella Chronicle

May 16, 2013

Pella qualifies five for state tennis tournament

By Perry Bell Sports Editor
The Pella Chronicle

---- — The Pella High varsity boys’ tennis team had a banner day Friday, May 10.

The Dutch played in the District Tournament held in Pella.

Coach Nick Seipel’s team has qualified five players to compete at the state meet later this month.

The District Championship Doubles team was David Lapthorn and Jamison Roozeboom. They lost just one game in reaching the finals where they faced their teammates.

Lapthorn and Roozeboom beat teammates Tom Palmer and Aaron Van Maanen in the finals.

Both Pella doubles teams qualified for state.

The top two singles players also earned trips to the state meet May 24 and 25 in Waterloo.

Pella’s Michael Schemm was a runner-up in singles to Grinnell’s Will Hamilton.

Pella scored 31 points to win the District 1A Team Title Friday.

Grinnell was second with 16 points followed by Albia with 12, Knoxville 10, Chariton 6 points, Oskaloosa and South Tama had 0 points.

Pella’s only varsity player to not qualify for state wsa singles player Tom Pettit, who was fourth place in the field.

“When I came to Pella Boys Tennis 5 years ago, I had some great players. When I leave Pella Boys Tennis now 5 years later, I leave a great team. We are sending a number of players onto individual state, and also continue into team substate competition. I move to Wisconsin at the end of this month to accept a senior pastor position. It’s been a blast working with these players over the years, and we’re not done yet!”