NUMBER ONE Healdsburg’s No. 1 tennis player is Austin Boaz, seen here in action against Ukiah on March 7. (Michael Lucid photo)

Healdsburg’s tennis-playing boys are more than holding their own in court competition this spring.

In their most recent competition, at Windsor High on March 14, the Greyhound squad under coach Joshua Cavanagh won 5-2, including a sweep of the doubles matches and a split in the singles.

Doubles scoring was all Healdsburg: Niles Cobb/Brandon Hausman (H) v. Andrew Kurczeski/Colby Mounts (W) 6-1, 6-3; Andrew Ambrosi/Declan Whitlock (H) v. Gabe McCarthy/Josh Rose (W) 7-6(5), 6-2; and Henry Herrod/Talan Duffy (H) v. Hunter Sales/Braden Sales(W) 6-1,6-0.

The singles matches were more of a struggle for the Greyhounds. No. 1 player Austin Boaz lost a very competitive match against Windsor’s Drew Peterson after winning the first set, 7-5. But Peterson fought back to win the next two, 6-3 and a grinding 10-3.

No. 2 singles also found Windsor taking the match as Brandon Cabalo more easily downed Eamonn Scott  6-1, 6-2.  

But in the other two singles matches, Healdsburg came out ahead, with Lincoln Rueter over Ben Olsen 6-0, 6-4, and Cooper Conrad winning by forfeit.

The match left Healdsburg with a 2-0 league record and Windsor with a 0-2 record. Other teams in the North Bay–Oak league schedule this spring include Analy, Cardinal Newman, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Santa Rosa, St. Vincent de Paul and Ukiah.

Earlier this month, on March 7, Healdsburg defeated Ukiah by a narrow 4-3 meet score. A few days later, on March 12, Healdsburg scored another win over Rancho Cotate by a commanding 6-1 match score. The only loss came in No. 1 singles as Austin Boaz fell to Rancho’s James Phan 6-1, 6-0.

Upcoming matches all follow the spring break, with the first one on the schedule being against St. Vincent de Paul on March 26 in Petaluma, followed by a home court matchup against Analy on Thursday, March 28, at Healdsburg High.

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Christian Kallen has called Healdsburg home for over 30 years. A former travel writer and web producer, he has worked with Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and other media companies, usually in an editorial capacity. He started reporting locally in 2008, moving from Patch to the Sonoma Index-Tribune to the Kenwood Press before joining the Healdsburg Tribune in 2022.


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