Senior Nick Harron’s career with the St. Joseph boys tennis team isn’t over yet.
While Harron was eliminated from a chance for the state singles title in the WIAA Division-2 State Individual Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison on Friday, he’ll be playing for a chance at fifth place today.
Harron, seeded eighth in the draw, won Thursday to advance to Friday’s second round, where he defeated La Crosse Logan senior Ben Fowler, 6-1, 7-6 (5) in a morning match to move into the afternoon quarterfinals.
There, Harron met the top seed in the draw, undefeated Brookfield Academy junior Pablo Dale. Harron avoided being blanked, but Dale still won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to improve to 19-0 and move on to today’s semifinals.
Harron, who got into the field as a special qualifier, is now 18-5 and will face the No. 5 seed, Whitefish Bay Dominican/Eastbrook Academy freshman Teddy Wong (13-3), at 8:30 a.m. today with a spot in the fifth-place match on the line.
The winner between Harron and Wong will play either Appleton Xavier junior Johnny Horak (23-8), the No. 6 seed, or Milwaukee Pius XI sophomore Andrew Larson (22-7), the No. 7 seed, for fifth place.
Harron followed a similar path last year in the Division-2 doubles draw while playing with then-senior John McTernan.
Harron and McTernan had a first-round bye and won a second-round match to move into the quarterfinals. They were then defeated and sent into the fifth-place bracket, but they lost their first match in that bracket to fall short of playing for fifth.
Indian Trail sophomore Martin Blagoev saw his season come to an end one match shy of the quarterfinals in the Division-1 singles draw.
Seeded 10th, Blagoev won two matches Thursday to reach the round of 16 but lost Friday morning to seventh-seeded Wauwatosa East sophomore Noah Viste, 7-6 (2), 6-1.
It was still a step forward for Blagoev — who finished 28-3 — from his freshman season, when he got into the singles draw as a special qualifier and lost in the first round.