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Notre Dame boys tennis four-peats as SEMO Conference Champions

The Notre Dame boys tennis team won its fourth-straight SEMO Conference Tournament Championship on Friday at home. Pictured from left to right: Junior Matthew Austin, senior Blake Schreckenberg, sophomore Michael Bogdanovich, senior Charlie West and senior Stephen Southard. Not pictured: sophomore Owen Blattel. Submitted photo

Last Friday on its home courts, the Notre Dame boys tennis team captured the SEMO Conference Tournament Championship for the fourth season in a row.

The Bulldogs did so with a team score of 24.5 points as they won both the singles and doubles competitions. The runner-up of the tournament was Jackson with nine points, while Cape Central and Poplar Bluff tied for third place with seven apiece.

Notre Dame dominated the doubles competition by having two teams place first and second, respectively. Winning the conference doubles title was the senior duo of Charlie West and Stephen Southard. They did so with a win over their own teammates junior Matthew Austin and senior Blake Schreckenberg, who, of course, finished in second place in doubles.

As for the third-place doubles match, Jackson junior Tyson Ford and senior Austin Rushing beat out Dexter juniors Lawson Blocker and Cooper Worley.

Moving to SEMO Conference singles competition, Notre Dame sophomore Michael Bogdanovich won the individual conference championship. Bogdanovich beat Jackson sophomore Jeramy Essner for the title.

Also medaling in single competition for the Bulldogs was fellow sophomore Owen Blattel, who placed fourth overall. He fell to Poplar Bluff senior Tavian Towns in the third-place match.

Notre Dame and Poplar Bluff are currently the only conference teams that are currently undefeated in match play at 6-0 and 5-0, respectively. Jackson has only lost one match this season and sits at 4-1 overall.

After making it to state for the first time in school history last spring, the Bulldogs have six matches and the Belleville East Tournament remaining before the start of postseason play.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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