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Boys Tennis 2017

Post by illini25 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:48 pm

Getting close to the start of season.

First boys season with 2 classes. Small school state title contenders in Dunlap and Normal (U High).
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Post by ZDE210 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:02 pm

After all of the years of Metamora and Morton being dominant among small schools in Illinois, Dunlap sure picked a great year to have their best team. Let's see if they can pull it off ......

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Post by illini25 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:22 pm

Mid Illini teams won tournament titles today in 3 tournaments.

Metamora at Bloomington.
Dunlap at Troy Triad.

And most surprising to me, Morton at Richwoods.
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Post by illini25 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:20 am

http://www.pjstar.com/sports/20170426/m ... er-knights

“It was a nice battle between two good teams,” Willard said. “I’m also happy to report that both teams feature kids with excellent character.”
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Post by illini25 » Sat May 13, 2017 8:48 am

http://www.pjstar.com/sports/20170511/m ... nt-outlook

Mid-Illini and Big 12 conference tournament previews.
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Post by illini25 » Thu May 18, 2017 6:57 pm

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Post by illini25 » Thu May 18, 2017 9:52 pm

First year with 2 classes coincides with the state having a dip in top level talent.

Two years ago saw the end of an era of extremely high level talent. There are still very good players in the state but not top national level talent.

In 2015 there were 4 seniors competing who ranked in the top 70 in the nation in class of 2015. One of those was ranked #6 with 2 more in the 40s. Also in 2015 there was a sophomore ranked #3 in the nation for his age.

This year there is 1 top 100 guy in all of Illinois competing and that's the #95 junior. There are 2 top tier guys training in Florida, a top 60 junior not playing high school (would be class 1A) and the #4 freshman not playing high school.

The drop off from top national level players was noticeable last year. It will be even more so this year with 2 classes.

I'd really like to see ihsa adopt a NCAA type format with team dual matches for a 2-class system to determine team champions followed by a single tourney for singles and doubles for individual champions.
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Post by CIS » Fri May 19, 2017 11:06 am

Sounds good to me!

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Post by illini25 » Fri May 19, 2017 1:41 pm

Looks like the Washington sectional is being moved indoors to the Bloomington Tennis Center bubble (aka home of the U High Pioneers).
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Post by illini25 » Fri May 19, 2017 11:06 pm

Mundelein Carmel sectional single qualifiers (small schools) -

Junior ranked #18 in Illinois & #369 nationally.
Freshman ranked #24 in Illinois & #790 nationally.
Two seniors who have no ranking.

http://www.dailyherald.com/sports/20170 ... al-triumph
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Post by deejay » Sun May 21, 2017 8:12 pm

I see that the sectional Morton was in was loaded. First time since forever that Potters didn't send anyone to State.
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Post by illini25 » Mon May 22, 2017 9:18 am

deejay wrote:
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I see that the sectional Morton was in was loaded. First time since forever that Potters didn't send anyone to State.
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Re: Boys Tennis 2017

Post by deejay » Mon May 22, 2017 6:41 pm

Figured there are only two of you would know!
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Re: Boys Tennis 2017

Post by illini25 » Mon May 22, 2017 6:44 pm

deejay wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 6:41 pm
Figured there are only two of you would know!
There's 4 that read and post here who know. The other 3 have been silent for a bit. One of those 3 will probably have something to say about my disdain for 2 class tennis. :D
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