In a conference tournament setting, every point can be valuable toward the ultimate team goal.

And for the Tremper boys tennis squad, that certainly was the case Thursday at Racine Horlick.

The Trojans won three Southeast Conference individual titles and also brought home the team championship for the first time since 2011 with 31 points, just two ahead of Indian Trail’s 29. Franklin was third with 24 points.

Bradford was fifth with 6.75 points.

“The key was to win all those first-round matches,” Tremper coach Tom Pacetti said. “It was a total team effort because every point counted. It was an amazing team effort.”

Winning titles for the Trojans were Ryan Whynott at No. 2 singles, Michael States at No. 3 and Noah Burford at No. 4.

Whynott beat Indian Trail’s Joey Hillstrom, 6-1, 6-0 in the finals, while States earned his title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Franklin’s Sam Cartwright. Burford beat Franklin’s Sidartha Punati, 6-2, 6-3.

In three matches en route to the No. 2 singles title, Whynott lost just one game.

Indian Trail also had three champions emerge from the tournament.

Winning titles for the Hawks were Martin Blagoev at No. 1 singles, as he beat Tremper’s Josh Ichem, 6-4, 6-0; the No. 1 doubles team of Cole Reigel and Ben Haigh, who beat Oak Creek’s Ethan Nguyan and Luke Borchardt, 6-1, 7-6 (2); and the No. 3 team of Gavin Powell and Travis Shore, 7-5, 7-5 over Franklin’s Andrew Hillstrom and Brandon Topalian.

Bradford’s top finish came at No. 1 doubles, as the team of Zach Kozmer and Pedro Franco was third. That duo beat the Tremper team of Ben Goss and Zach Spangler, 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the third-place match.

Tremper’s other top finish came at No. 3 doubles, as Collin Mossman and Hunter Willems beat the Oak Creek team of David Sokol and Rahal Ravi, 6-1, 6-3, to finish third.

Pacetti, who returned to coaching the boys after 15 years away, was pleased with the efforts of all doubles teams, who also added crucial points to the final tally.

“Our doubles really stepped up,” he said. “It started clicking (Wednesday) against Racine Prairie and continued today for these kids. There wasn’t a weak spot on our team today.”

All three Kenosha teams now turn their attention to the upcoming WIAA Division-1 subsectional, set for Tremper on Monday at 9 a.m. Joining those three are Racine Park, Horlick and Case and Central.

Dan Truttschel

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