Chargers go down swinging
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – A historic run ended for Centennial's top doubles team at the IHSA state tennis tournament Saturday.
David Ruedi and Quinn Miller were defeated 7-5, 6-0 in a quarterfinal consolation bracket match against Hinsdale Central's Dan Ballantine and Ian Tesmond. The loss stopped the Chargers from completing the three wins they needed for a fifth-place finish. Still, Centennial coach Don Waybright found positives.
"This is as deep as anyone has gone for Centennial in the state tournament. We wanted to make it to the quarterfinals because the venue has stadium seating and line judges similar to a UI match," Waybright said.
Ruedi and Miller won conference and sectional titles and helped the Chargers complete a 20th-place finish at the state tournament.
"These are probably the two best kids I have ever had. These kids are fun to work with and they listen to coaching and they are respectful," Waybright said. "It's not just these two but the entire team that made it the best season I have had here by far."
Waybright has been associated with Centennial tennis for 34 years.