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Prep Tennis: Five from area in 6A semifinals

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NEW LONDON -- Five area tennis players moved on to the semifinal round of the Section 6A tournament Thursday.

In singles, Ben Peters of Minnewaska won both of his matches in straight sets and will take on the section's top seed, Nate Korfe of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, in one semifinal Tuesday at the College of St. Benedict's. Semfinals begin at 3 p.m.

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In doubles, the Benson/KMS team of Ben Murphy-Steven James advanced to the semfinals with two straight-set wins, as did their opponents, Dylan Hoffman-Tanner Blair of Minnewaska.

Both doubles teams won their first matches 6-0, 6-0 and gave up five games in the second matches.

Singles

Ahren Backman, BKMS -- lost to Nate Korfe, LPGE, 6-0, 6-0 ... eliminated

Ethan Ratliff-Crain, BKMS -- def. Justin Brinkman, Mel, 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 ... lost to Nate Korfe, LPGE, 6-0, 6-0 ... eliminated

Ben Peters, Min -- def. Ian Wallesch, SCC, 6-0, 6-2 ... def. Alex Wiegmann, NLS, 6-3, 6-3 ... will play Nate Korfe, LPGE, in semifinals

Alex Wiegmann, NLS -- def. Jeremy Welters, LPGE, 6-0, 6-3 ... lost to Ben Peters, Min, 6-3, 6-3 ... eliminated

George Kueppers, NLS -- lost to Jordan Peterson, SM, 6-1, 6-0 ... eliminated

Tanner Holten, Min -- lost to Bradi Hanes, Fol, 6-2, 6-2 ... eliminated

Matt Hagestuen, BKMS -- def. Walker Zobloski, Fol, 6-1, 6-4 ... lost to Jordan Otto, SCC, 6-4, 6-1 ... eliminated

Doubles

Ben Murphy-Steven James, BKMS -- def. Alex Kleinfehn-Richard Milla, Mel, 6-0, 6-0 ... def. Steven Dotzler-Ben Hageman, Fol, 6-4, 6-1 ... will play Dylan Hoffman-Tanner Blair, Min, in semfinals

Logan Bengtson-Zach Treptau, NLS -- lost to Steven Dotzler-Ben Hageman, Fol, 6-2, 6-4 ... eliminated

Dylan Hoffman-Tanner Blair, Min -- def. Kris Wensmann-Cody Ritter, Mel, 6-1, 6-1 ... def. Mike Lindemann-Adam Cox, SM, 6-1, 6-4 ... will play Ben Murphy-Steven James, BKMS, in semifinals

Will Johnson-Luke Widseth, BKMS -- def. Lars Meisner-Cole Iverson, Min, 6-3, 6-4 ... lost to Berent Uhlenkamp-Michael Nies, LPGE, 7-5, 6-2 ... eliminated

Lars Meisner-Cole Iverson, Min -- lost to Will Johnson-Luke Widseth, BKMS, 6-3, 6-4 ... eliminated

Loren Johnson-Elijah Wilson, NLS -- lost to Eric Franke-Jordan Beumer, SCC, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 ... eliminated

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