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Drew Walling of Fremont High returns a shot against Trevor Luckey of Columbus during a No. 2 singles match Saturday of the Fremont Invitational. The Tigers finished third in the team standings with Walling finishing fourth in his division.

Fremont High School finished third Saturday in its home tennis invitational.

Lincoln Southeast won the team title with 50 points. Papillion-LaVista was second with 50 while Fremont High was third with 42.

“All in all I think everyone is very pleased with our results today,” Fremont coach Justin Bigsby said. “Going into the tournament I thought we had a chance at third place. But I knew it was going to take some good performances from everyone and they did just that.”

Alex Bigsby paced the Tigers by finishing third at No. 1 singles.

The freshman, who finished 4-1, defeated Cameron Crump of Millard South 8-4 in the third-place match. Jack Bergmeyer of Lincoln Southeast won the championship by beating Ethan Neil of Papillion-LaVista 8-3 in the finals.

“Alex had another good day, only losing to the eventual champion,” Coach Bigsby said. “Considering we weren’t even sure he’d be able to play today due to a shoulder injury, he led the team well.”

At No. 2 singles, Drew Walling finished 3-2. He lost 8-0 to Spencer Allgood of Lincoln Southeast in the third-place match. Jake Bonnett of Omaha Westside won the title with an 8-2 win over Ian Haakinson of Millard South.

“Drew once again showed a ton of resiliency,” Bigsby said. “He’s also been nursing an injury, but he didn’t let that slow him down today in picking up three big wins.”

Austin Callahan and Brennan Callahan combined for a 3-2 record at No. 1 doubles. The FHS duo lost 8-2 to Joe Hitzemann and Isaac Gart of Elkhorn Mount Michael in the third-place match.

Zach and Jacob Weber of Gretna won the title. They downed Caleb Feekin and Nick Ripa of Papillion-LaVista 8-2 in the finals.

“Austin and Brennan picked up three good wins for us, including one over a Norfolk team they lost to just two weeks ago,” Bigsby said.

At No. 2 doubles, Justin Pemberton and Jacob Friedrich of the Tigers finished 2-3 and placed sixth. They lost 8-2 to Austin Hoffman and Colby Mrsny of Norfolk in the fifth-place match.

The Lincoln Southeast team of Milo Ciotti and Grant Roscoe defeated Gage Gibson and Evan Beran of Gretna 8-3 for the title.

“Justin and Jacob continued to improve as a team today and earned two crucial wins for us in pool play,” Bigsby said. “It was a great team effort today and one that should set us up well for what lies ahead next week.”

Fremont Invitational

Team Standings — Lincoln Southeast 50, Papillion-LaVista 50, Fremont High 42, Omaha Westside 39, Gretna 38, Elkhorn Mount Michael 34, Millard South 31, Norfolk 24, Columbus 12, Omaha Burke 10.


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