Depth has been a strength for the 2012 Oakville boys tennis team.
Tiger coach Linda Gebauer was confident that her team would do well at the bottom half of their order in Wednesday's rivalry match against Mehlville.
The Tigers did sweep the bottom matches but also did well at the top of the lineup in an 8-1 victory. Oakville improved to 5-4 for the season.
"We have been competing well all season," Gebauer said. "Two of our losses have come by 4-3 scores. We used a 6-3 district format against Mehlville and knew they would be good in that format with players able to double back. Mehlville has a couple of pretty strong players at the top of the lineup and we knew those matches would be critical."
Oakville senior Alex Bergman won the match of the day at No. 1 singles as he beat Blake Penberthy 6-1, 5-7 (14-12). A super tie-breaker was used for the third set.
"Those two guys played earlier in the year in the Webster Classic and it was a very similar match," Gebauer said. "Alex won that one 13-11 in the super tie-breaker."
The Tigers would sweep the singles matches against Mehlville with wins from senior Mark Dulle at No. 2, junior Messy Dedic at No. 3, senior Ryan Woods at No. 4, sophomore Adam Pleimann at No. 5 and senior Jack Romine at No. 6.
Dedic and Romine also won at No. 2 doubles as did Woods and Pleimann at No. 3 doubles.
The only Mehlville win in the match was at No. 1 doubles as Penberthy and Christopher Becherer defeated Bergman and Dulle 6-4, 6-4.
Track and Field
The Mehlville boys’ track team had an impressive showing Saturday at the Fred Lyon Invitational. The Panthers finished second among the 15 teams. Oakville finished 11th. Parkway North won the meet with 106.5 points. Mehlville had 80, which was two more than Parkway Central.
Kirkwood was the champion in the Mehlville Golf Tournament Saturday. The Pioneers had a score of 327, which edged Marquette by just two shots. Lindbergh was seventh, Oakville 10th and Mehlville 14th in the 18-team field.
The Lindbergh baseball team had a good week with a sweep against Fox and wins over Parkway Central and Oakville.
Two of the wins were by shutout. Jay Heller allowed five hits in a five-inning 11-0 win over Fox. Jordan Harmon threw a one-hit gem against Oakville in a 4-0 Flyer victory Saturday. Harmon did not walk a batter while striking out five.
Harmon had a big week overall as he had a home run in a 13-3 win over Parkway Central Thursday. The Flyers added another huge inning to their 2012 resume with nine runs in the sixth inning. Matt Feldt had a homer against Parkway Central and had three hits in a 7-4 win over Fox Wednesday.
Mehlville and Oakville had a memorable series Tuesday and Wednesday with the teams splitting 4-3 games. Jimmy Kohl had a pair of RBI as . Brandon Zufall had a double and a home run in the .
One hit was enough for Affton in a 2-1 win over University City Tuesday. Zach Fiebig had the lone Cougar hit, a two-run home run. That proved to be enough for Zack Koeller, who allowed four hits with no walks in going the distance. Affton fell to St. Mary's 4-3 in 10 innings Friday.
The Mehlville soccer team broke out of a six-game losing streak in style. The Panthers had tough losses against Seckman (3-2) and Webster Groves (2-1) before back-to-back 10-0 wins over Lutheran South and University City Thursday and Friday. Allison Wade and Emily Fox had three goals each against the Lancers. Wade and Katie Fiala had two goals each against the Lions.
Oakville was involved in three shutouts during the week. The first two resulted in wins as Tina Haberberger blanked Parkway West 4-0 Tuesday and Marquette 2-0 Thursday. Ashley Burton had three goals against the Longhorns. Chloe Hutcheson had both goals against Marquette. Oakville then lost to Cor Jesu 2-0 Saturday.
Affton and Lindbergh were a combined 5-0 for the week and neither team allowed a goal. Affton had wins over Maplewood (4-0), Normandy (8-0) and St. Elizabeth's (2-0). Lindbergh blanked Brentwood (7-0) and Ladue (1-0).
Affton's Haley Stewart had four goals and two assists against Normandy, two goals against Maplewood and the game-winning goal and an assist against St. Elizabeth's.
Athlete of the Week: Congratulations to Oakville soccer's Lexi Pommer for being voted Athlete of the Week last week. Here are this week's nominees: