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Sports Spotlight: Rhinelander's Wells, Oestreich have perfect reunion
RHINELANDER - Jackie Wells steps back to serve and Alex Oestreich gets ready for the return.

That's how its gone since middle school.

"We would always go to the courts together and hit with each other," Oestreich said. "We knew how each other hit and played and we did everything together."

The two players formed a doubles team in junior high.

Then went their separate ways once moving up to the big team.

Oestreich played singles for most of high school, but right before her senior season, she and head coach Bob Heideman decided to get the old doubles partnership back together.

"The fact that she and Jackie were such good friends, I thought they would play hard for one another," Heideman said.

Not even their coach could have foreseen what happened next. 

The Hodags' number one tennis team went undefeated in regular season conference play.

"We both made pretty big jumps," Wells said. "I made from three doubles to one doubles, and she moved from number one singles to doubles which is a completely different game, so I think we did pretty well."

In between dominating on the court, there's still time for a little fun.

"We both kind of just start laughing constantly and we just kind of like laugh so hard that we start crying and it's pretty fun," Wells said.

It's all smiles for one last season.

"We started out together and now we're ending our high school career together, so it's like it came full circle," Wells said.

Oestreich and Wells still have some season left to play.

The Hodags made it to sub-sectionals next Monday.

Rhinelander's other two double teams also posted perfect conference records.

Story By: Andrew Goldstein


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