LAKE CITY – With a 5-2 victory over Shattuck-St. Mary’s on Thursday, Lake City gets to hold onto the Garlinski-Dison Cup for the second straight year.
Since acquiring the cup – a trophy made from duct tape to resemble the NHL’s Stanley Cup – the Tigers have left their mark on it, turning the cup black with orange tiger stripes.
The materials used to make it were cheap, but keeping the cup in Lake City, along with securing the first win of the spring, makes the Tigers rich in pride.
“It’s nice to play for something, even if it’s just duct tape,” said Lake City senior Brandon Hofschulte.
The visiting Sabres came in underhanded, having to forfeit No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles. But with an inexperienced lineup coming up this year, Thursday’s win was vital in building the new-look Tigers.
“We got some rookies playing for us, but they’re doing a pretty good job,” said Lake City head coach Dave Toole. “We’re pretty happy with (the first win).”
The biggest win for the Tigers came from Hofschulte, who started his No. 3 singles match with SSM’s Joe Qiao on a down note, losing the first set 6-4.
“I just had to find my happy place, as my coach told me,” Hofschulte said. “I was trying too hard on the serves, which was screwing me up, and the wind didn’t help at all.”
Once Hofschulte was able to settle down, he took over the match, tying the match with a 6-4 second-set victory. In the third-set tiebreaker, Hofschulte completed the comeback with a 10-4 win.
“I was confident that I could do it,” Hofschulte said. “I didn’t want to plow it. Once I was up to eight (in the third set), I was like, ‘I can’t blow it now, I have to finish it.’ I think (Qiao) was starting to get upset so he started making some mistakes, too.”
Landin Burdis got another Tigers’ win at No. 2 singles, defeating the Sabres’ Dola Pham 6-1, 6-1.
“Landin won a big match,” Toole said.
At No. 1 singles, Lake City’s Alex McCormick forced the match into a third set, but SSM’s Justin Kim put the match away in the tiebreaker, 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.
In doubles, the Tigers’ No. 1 duo of Logan Adler and Peyton Fick beat Jimmy Warrick and Nathan Zhao in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The Sabers pieced together another three-set victory at No. 2 doubles with the team of Robert Blueger and Miles Lengyel beating Lake City’s Sam Mangold and Brandon Ormsby 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Now 1-1 on the season, Lake City is back at home Monday, hosting Northfield in a non-conference match.