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Boys Tennis: Willmar wins opener in 2AA-South tourney

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The Willmar 2-doubles duo of Austen Hilding, left, and Mitch Johannes teamed up to win 6-3, 6-1 in the Cardinals' victory over New Ulm Tuesday in Section 2AA.

Tribune Staff Reports

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals picked up a second consecutive win for the first time this spring by knocking New Ulm out of the postseason picture 6-1 on Tuesday at the high-school courts.

The No. 4 Cardinals (7-10) head for Mankato to play the East Cougars at 4 p.m. on Thursday. East is the Section 2AA-South's top-seeded team.

"Our record is pretty respectable for this team," said first-year Willmar head coach Jim Anderson. "I'm proud of them. They've worked very hard and now we want to be ready to give East a run."

At 1-singles, Preston Peterson came from down a set to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The other five points came in straight-set victories.

Willmar had tipped Alexandria 4-3 to end the regular season on Friday.

Willmar 6, New Ulm 1


(1) Preston Peterson, W, def. Michael Maudal 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 (2) Jackson Burton, W, def. Kelvin Collum 6-4, 6-4 (3) Jimmy Unger, W, def. Josh Koelpin 6-3, 6-1 (4) Issac Yoakum, W, def. Mads Soegaad 6-1, 6-0


(1) Isaiah Johnson/Juan Caceres-Gomez, N, def. Shane Christensen/Sam Murphy 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 (2) Austen Hilding/Mitch Johannes, W, def. Josh Menzel/Nick Gartner 6-1, 6-3 (3) Drew Corneil/Tate Hovland, W, def. Billy Griffith/Sam Fredrickson 6-0, 6-0

West Central


Brandon Repsher and Carter Iverson won a three-setter at 1-doubles to earn the fourth point for Yellow Medicine East.

All four of the singles matches were won 6-0, 6-0 with the teams splitting, including LQPV/DB senior Jack Hansen at 1-singles.

Hansen, No. 6 in the Class A individual rankings, improved to 13-0 on the season and hasn't played a three-set match all season.


(1) Jack Hansen, L, def. Tyler Kotlowski 6-0, 6-0 (2) Jess Hansen, L, def. Clinton Repsher 6-0, 6-0 (3) David Nowacki, Y, def. Conrad Matthies 6-0, 6-0 (4) Ethan Ator, Y, def. Cody McKesson 6-0, 6-0


(1) Brandon Repsher/Carter Iverson, Y, def. Ryan Schultz/Keith Abraham 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 (2) Chris Garding/Todd Nowacki, Y, def. Ryan Schueller/Kelvin Chen 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 (3) Kain Matthies/Trevor Sigdahl, L, def. Grant Elliott/Shane Nokelby 6-1, 3-6, 6-4


Montevideo 6,

Redwood Valley 1

Montevideo swept the doubles matches (Walker Danielson/Darin Stevens at No. 1, Adam Peterson/Jason Neville at No. 2 and Kurt Baldwin/Blake Jorgenson at No. 3) and won three of the four singles matches (Jesse Brace at No. 1, Alex Karlbom at No. 2 and Ryan Maroney at No. 3).


(1) Jesse Brace, M, def. Taylor Redstock 6-0 6-3 (2) Alex Karlbom, M, def. Tyler Hagen 6-1 6-4 (3) Ryan Maroney, M, def. Max Russell 6-1 6-1 (4) Armando Davila, R, def. Sonje McGonigle 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7-4)


(1) Walker Danialson/Darin Stevens,M def. Ben Schmidt/Dallas Greenflit 6-1 6-0 (2) Adam Peters/Jason Neville, M, def. Logan Jensen/Shawn Sherman 6-2 6-4 (3) Kurt Baldwin/Blake Jorgenson, M, def. Cole Pettis/Clay Kokesch 6-1 6-1

LPGE/Swanville 6, Litchfield 1

Cody Rau and Josh Prahl paired at 3-doubles to win 6-3, 6-1 and collect Litchfield's lone win in the regular-season finale.

The Dragons open the Section 5A playoffs Thursday at No. 2 Fridley.


(1) Lance Larsin, LS, Colin Maine 6-1, 6-0 (2) Ryaoma Fashida, LS, def. Josh Anderson 6-0, 6-1 (3) Trevor Bergmann, LS, def. Grant Kindseth 6-0, 6-0 (4) Justin Brever, LS, def. Jon Rothstein 6-0, 6-0


(1) Cory Graves/Jake Atickson, LS, def. Cal Dollerschell/Alec Scofield 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 (2) Tavis Bergmann/Paul Chan, LS, def. Andy Bohach/Ethan Stubson 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 (3) Cody Rau/Josh Prahl, Lit, def. Mitch Welters/Robert Pachen 6-3, 6-1