Shorewood beat host New Berlin Eisenhower on April 28 and visiting Wauwatosa West on May 4, in Woodland Conference matches by 7-0 scores, dropped a 5-2 decision at Whitefish Bay on April 29, and won a doubles tournament at Delavan-Darien on May 2.
Against Eisenhower, Ben Schwartz, Sawyer Carlson-Price, Sam Schiro and Ben Brody won the singles matches and John Chamberlain and Jake Miller, Pat Sellars and Joe Richter and Matt Belcher and Jordan Wise won the doubles matches.
In the doubles tournament, Chamberlain and Miller, Richter and Sellars and Belcher and Wise all won championships. Schiro and Brode were second.
"The team of Chamberlain and Miller and Ben Schwartz at singles have drastically improved from last year," Shorewood coach Eric Zipp said. "Chamberlain and Miller are undefeated and should be the favorite for the D2 state tourney.
"Richter and Sellars are also undefeated and should have a good chance at making the state tournament. Our doubles teams have been the anchor of our team so far."
Led by unbeaten Demetrius Johnson at first singles, the Falcons won three of four matches and took second in the Falcon Flyover Invitational May 1 and 2.
"We looked good in three of the four matches and had a very good chance at winning that final one (against Slinger)," Falcons coach Jim Matousek said. "It was tough because we dropped three, three-setters. But we got a look at a lot of different combinations so it was a good two days for us."
Brown Deer started well in the Flyover, which was combined with the Martin Luther Invite that had been rained out earlier this season, downing Cudahy and South Milwaukee by matching 7-0 scores. The Falcons then outlasted Milwaukee Lutheran, 4-3, before falling to Slinger, 4-3.
Johnson won all four of his matches to claim the title at first singles and the Falcons used two different doubles pairings at second and third doubles to earn titles in those flights too.
Torrian and Trenton Ricks, Aaron Blumberg and Nguta Kasombo played at second doubles; Max Grafwallner, J.J. Bersch, Steve Lederman and Dave Weaver competed at third.
The Highlanders cruised to the championship in the Neenah Invitational on May 2. Homestead rolled past Kenosha Tremper, Eau Claire Memorial and Neenah, all by 7-0 scores.
"Though we were able to win fairly easily, there were some very good sets in there especially against Neenah and Eau Claire," Homestead coach Jackie Egelhoff said. "We were anxious to get a three-match event in because we wanted to boost our stamina.
"We were satisfied top to bottom with our lineup."
Egelhoff said the lineup is solid right now and should not need any additional changes with Alex Jesse, Alex Mattson, Sean Mackman and Dillon Kelly handling the singles and the duos of Connor Peck and Cameron Mikkelson, Bryce Toburen and Jake Bodner and Justin Kirtley and David Stockbridge taking care of the doubles.
With their own powerhouse Sweet 16 Invite staring them in the face, the Knights could not have gotten any better boost than by winning the Verona Invitational May 1 and 2.
"We're looking at this as our real starting point," Nicolet coach Tim Koppa said. "We won some close matches, which was nice for the kids. It was good to get their confidence up. They played well all weekend."
The Sweet 16 will feature virtually every top team in state and will be played May 8 and 9.
"In my personal opinion, this is better than the state meet because the top teams won't be paired against each other right away and we have the top Division 2 schools too," Koppa said. "If we can get the weather to hold, it should be a dandy."
At Verona, the Knights beat Madison West, 6-1; Verona, 4-3; Kettle Moraine, 7-0; and Madison La Follette, 7-0.
Koppa praised first singles player David Yarmulnik, who has made the transition from the third slot.
The week got jump-started April 29, when the Knights pulled off a 4-3 home decision over state-ranked nonconference foe Brookfield East.
Four matches went three set and Nicolet won three of them: Jonathan Lopez and Brendan Barker in singles and the doubles team of Ethan Taxman and Richard Kim. The second doubles team of Jacob Levey and David Gorodetsky also won.
Losing only to the best, the Blue Dukes took second in their own Adam Lemel Invitational on May 2.
The Blue Dukes beat Racine Park, 7-0, and Waukesha North, 6-1, before falling to top-ranked Marquette, 6-1.
Earlier in the week, Bay downed Germantown, 7-0, and Shorewood, 5-2.
"It was a windy day but the kids did about as well as we could have expected," Blue Dukes coach Phil Kelbe said.
Ben Foran got the one win for Bay against Marquette at third singles, taking a 7-5, 6-0 decision.
Graham Downey and John Krugler at first doubles lost to their Hilltopper opponents in three sets, giving the Blue Dukes hope for the future. Top singles player and returning state placewinner Jack Larsen continued to have his frustrations against defending state singles champion Billy Bertha, falling in straight sets.
"It just wasn't Jack's day," Kelbe said. "He just has a hard time handling his (Bertha's) serve. It's a very strong weapon for Bertha."
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