Getting a day dry enough for a match, Princeton boys tennis opened the season with a Mississippi 8 match at Rogers April 22 as the Royals prevailed 5-2.
Posting wins for the Tigers were Thomas Mayerchak taking his No. 1 Singles match 6-4, 6-4, and Eliot Arens rolling at No. 3 Singles 6-0, 6-2. Jason Friend at No. 2 won nine games in a 7-5, 6-4 match, and Sam Barthel took five games in a 6-3, 6-2 match at No. 4 Singles.
Caleb Daniels and Hayden Weidenborner won six games at No. 3 Doubles for the Tigers, while Joey McCoy and Chris Swedzinski teamed for five game wins at No. 2 Doubles.
• On Saturday, the Tigers placed fifth at the eight-team Rochester Century Invitational won by Minneapolis Washburn. Friend went 2-1 to place third for Princeton at No. 3 Singles. Going 1-2 to place fourth were Arens at No. 2 Singles. Taking sixth for Princeton were Mayerchak at No. 1 Singles and Daniels & Weidenborner at No. 3 Doubles.
“It was tough competition, but it was a good chance for us to improve on areas of the game,” said Tiger Coach Jon Steinbrecher.
Adapted Track & Field meet May 2
Princeton will be hosting a track and field activity day for 10 schools with about 100 adapted phy-ed students competing on Friday, May 2. Field events run from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., and racing events will be held after lunch from 12 p.m. – on.
Tiger Boys Golf 8th at Staples Invite
The Princeton boys golf team snuck in its opening round of the season at Saturday’s Cardinal Invite hosted by Staples-Motley on the Vintage GC. The Tigers placed eighth out of the 10 teams with a 384 18-hole total as the Cardinals won their tourney with a 321.
Ben Pauly recorded the team’s low round of 93 to tie for 27th place. Tigers shooting behind him were Hunter Pedersen (95), Marshall Bies (98), Griffin Fitzgerald (98), Brody Johnson (103) and Dared Seifert (113).
PHS Baseball, Softball in M-8 games
St. Francis hurler Josh Niemeyer limited Princeton to one hit over five innings when the Saints earned a 13-1 Mississippi 8 victory on April 22. Luke Hallbeck and Nick Zeroth shared pitching duties for the Tigers.
On April 25, Princeton (1-5) dropped an 11-3 game at St. Michael-Albertville. The Knights’ Tyler Berg held the Tigers to five hits in his complete game, and STMA broke it open with an eight-run third inning.
• Princeton fastpitch softball was shut out by St. Michael-Albertville 6-0 on April 25, totaling four hits against the Knights. Tiger pitcher Mel Hensley gave up 10 hits but walked none in the road game.
On April 22, St. Francis knocked off the Tigers 12-2 in five innings. Getting hits for Princeton (0-3) against the Saints were Maddie Nierengartner, Erica Schramel, Sierra Mattson and Chelsea Lindquist.