Tigers finish fourth at state tourney

By Plainsman Staff
Posted 5/15/24

Huron boys tennis competes at state

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Tigers finish fourth at state tourney


RAPID CITY — Behind a third-place finish from Dah Christ Moo in first flight singles, Huron held on for a fourth-place finish during the State Boys’ Tennis Tournament, which concluded Tuesday in Rapid City.

Sioux Falls Christian claimed its second Class A title in past four years with 540.5 points, while defending champion Rapid City Christian was second at 528. Aberdeen Roncalli was third at 320, followed by Huron at 235 and Lennox at 231 to round out the top five in the 11-team event.

In addition to claiming the fourth spot, the Tigers won the Sportsmanship Award for the fourth time.

“The boys played a great tournament. I’m proud of how they all played,” Huron coach Tim Hedblom said. “I’m very happy to win the Sportsmanship Award again. They are outstanding young men.”

Dah Christ Moo recorded the highest finish in the tournament for the Tigers in first flight singles. After suffering a loss in the semifinals, he rebounded with a win in the third-place match Tuesday.

Moo, who was the third seed, needed a 10-9 (7) victory to get past fourth-seeded Cody Plank of Lennox in the final match of his high school career. With the victory he earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team and received the Spirit of Max Award.

“I’m so happy for Dah for finishing third, making the all-tournament team and winning the Spirit of Max,” Hedblom said.

Say Poe, who was the other player for the Tigers to reach the semifinals before suffering a loss in the tournament, was fourth in fifth flight singles. He was edged 10-7 by second-seeded Elliot Huxford of St. Thomas More in the third-place match on Tuesday.

Others earning places for Huron in singles were Maner Htoo in the sixth flight and Lah Doh Soe in the third flight.

Htoo defeated Alex Baugh of Milbank 10-1 to record the fifth-place match, where he defeated Tyson Hovden of Vermillion 10-3 to finish fifth.

Soe won 10-4 against Braeden Strain of St. Thomas More to advance to the fifth-place match, but was edged 10-8 by fourth-seeded Alex Helbult of Lennox in his final match to finish sixth.

Two of the three doubles teams for Huron ended their seasons with victories on Tuesday.

Moo and Htoo combined for a 10-4 victory against Madison in first flight doubles in the fifth-place match, while Soe and Hser Wah won 10-6 against Lennox to finish fifth in second flight doubles.

Huron’s No. 3 doubles team of Matthew Thin and Poe face third-seeded Rapid City Christian for third place and came out on the short end of a 10-6 decision to finish fourth.