Oak Creek boys tennis coach Don Tellefsen said his doubles teams are so green and unformed yet that they're a little like 'scrambled eggs' at this point in the season.
Fortunately, his experienced singles players are playing like filet mignon so far in the early going, as witnessed by the Knights' triumph in their own Oak Creek-South Milwaukee 10-team invitational April 15 and 16.
Tellefsen was happy with the win and happy with the good weather the area had last week.
'Because the weather for our first week (early in April) was some of the worst I had seen in awhile,' he said, '... our strength is going to be in our singles because our doubles are like as if you threw a bunch a stuff on the floor with some tea leaves. That's about what we have at this point.'
But it was enough as the Knights beat Rufus King, Wilmot, West Bend West and Madison La Follette for the title.
Topping the singles bracket will be sophomore Ray Kutchin, who played first doubles last season.
'He's worked hard, a really dedicated kid,' Tellefsen said. 'He's won all the challenge matches.'
Other returnees in singles include seniors Jason Thomas and Sam Ramirez and junior Allen Hanna.
Tellefsen has 38 players out this spring, and he may use them all to come up with viable doubles teams. Right now, he said the top team consists of juniors Brad Beisel and Erik Seymour, while Ethan Meyer is anchoring part of the two spot and senior Cole Kotecki and sophomore Andy Kaestner are currently unbeaten at the three spot.
Both Thomas and Ramirez are undefeated so far this season, too.
The Knights will chase defending Southeast Conference champion Franklin this spring and will head off to the Brookfield Central Invitational on Saturday, April 23.
In the Knights' own tournament, Tellefsen was happy with the team's adaptability because some of the matches on Friday, April 15, didn't get finished due to darkness, and then they had to finish on Saturday, April 16, before they could finish the rest of the schedule.
'The kids are just playing really well right now,' he said.