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Willmar’s Tate Hovland charges the net to make the return with partner Tom Nilles-Melchert poised to react in the 1-doubles match in the section tournament opener Tuesday in Willmar.
Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Tate Hovland charges the net to make the return with partner Tom Nilles-Melchert poised to react in the 1-doubles match in the section tournament opener Tuesday in Willmar.

Boys tennis: Cards advance in 2AA South

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WILLMAR — No. 4 Willmar Cardinals took three singles points and two more in the pairs competition on Tuesday to erase No. 5 New Ulm 5-2 in the first-round of the South sub-Section 2AA tennis tournament.

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It was 90-degree with a hefty west wind blowing cross-court. Despite the adverse conditions, play was quite sharp.

Coach Jim Anderson said the big points came from 2-doubles (Nick Courtney/Nick Revier and 3-doubles (Alex Reynolds/Jaden Wright).

Preston Peterson, Isaac Yoakum and Jarod Swoboda won at singles.

“This was a big win for our young team after being overmatched in our last three conference matches,” said coach Jim Anderson.

Willmar (5-7) next plays at Mankato East (4 p.m. Thursday); the Cougars are the No. 1 seed in the South-sub-section.

Willmar 5, New Ulm 2

Singles

(1) Preston Peterson, W, def Alex King 6-2, 6-3 (2) Calvin Collum, N, def Drew Corneil 6-4, 2-6 (10-7) (3) Isaac Yoakum, W, def Josh Koelpin 6-0, 6-3 (4) Jarod Swoboda, W, def. Noah Stocker 6-3, 6-3

Doubles

Isaiah Johnson/Nic Gartner, N, def Tate Hovland/Tom Tilles-melchert 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 (2) Nick Courtney/Nick Revier, W, def Sam Frederickson/William Griffith 6-3, 6-3  (3) Alex Reynolds/Jaden Wright, W, def Taylor Tambornino/John Goodall 6-0, 6-3 Willmar

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Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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