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Prep Boys Tennis Roundup: YME falls in section final match

Sting play for 3A title for first time in at least 17 years

REDWOOD FALLS — The Yellow Medicine East boys tennis team advanced to its first section final in Jeff Lalim’s 17 years as head coach, falling to top-seeded Luverne 6-1 Tuesday at Redwood Valley High School.

The Section 3A championship match was set up by the third-seeded Sting knocking off No. 2 Worthington 4-3 earlier in the day in the semifinals.

“YME has never gotten this far in a long, long time,” said Lalim, who guessed it might have been in the 1990s. “It was a good, good day.
“And it was pretty dang exciting.”

Lalim said the team “ran out of gas” against top-seeded Luverne, which had a long break after knocking off Pipestone 4-3 in the semifinals. The Cardinals retired from play after securing their fourth point against the Arrows.

“We had 30 minutes” to get ready for Luverne,” Lalim said.

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Against Worthington, the match came down to fourth singles. It was tied 3-3 when Sting senior Brandon Beyer matched up with the Trojans’ Ezra Bennett. Beyer won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

“Everyone was watching and there was a good crowd,” Lalim said. “It was the last match and the winner knew they would be advancing.”

Lalim said he talked to Beyer and YME No. 1 singles player Ean Clarke, who also won against Worthington. They are the only two seniors on the squad.

“I told them: ‘This is what you’ve worked for,’” Lalim said. “It’s what high school sports is all about.”

Luverne advances to the state Class A team tournament. The Cardinals play June 8-11 at St. Cloud Tech High School.

YME (9-7) and the rest of the teams in 3A move on to the individual tournament. It’s scheduled for Thursday at Redwood Valley, but may move to Friday depending on the forecast. Two singles players and two doubles teams play for a state berth.

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Singles
(1) Pierce Cunningham, L, def. Ean Clarke 6-3 6-1 (2) Griffen Jarchow, L, def. Tyler Syring 6-3, 6-1 (3) Jackson Torgerson, YME, def. Kyle Ferguson 6-2 5-7 11-9 (4) Chance Tunnissen, L, def. Brandon Beyer 4-6 7-5 10-1
Doubles
(1) Blake Frahm/Ben Jarchow, L, def. Derrick Lien/Isaac Olevson 6-1 6-1 (2) Logan Ommen/Ethan Nath, L, def. Austin Canatsey/Ryan Syring 3-6 6-1 6-2 (3) John Miller/Jayson Rgos, L, def. Mason Rhode/Gage Corner 6-0 6-0

YME 4,
Worthington 3

Singles
(1) Ean Clarke, YME, def. Alec Langerud 6-1 6-1 (2) Tyler Syring, YME, def. Ian Barber 1-6 6-1 6-3 (3) Ben Schrieber, W, def. Jackson Torgerson 6-3 6-1 (4) Brandon Beyer, YME, def. Ezra Bennett 6-2 4-6 6-4
Doubles
(1) Levi Kuhl/David Stenke, W, def. Derrick Lien/Isaac Olevson 7-5 6-2 (2) Austin Canatsey/Ryan Syring, YME, def. Quentin Burns/Tyson Henkels 6-3 6-4 (3) Jake Ahrenstorff/Steven Adams, W, def. Mason Rhode/Gage Corner 6-1 6-0

Section 6A
Litchfield 6,
Pine City 1

Litchfield beat Pine City to advance to the Section 6A championship.

The host Dragons swept the doubles and won three of four singles matches. They play top-seeded Mound-Westonka at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Mound for the title and a berth in the state tournament.

Mound-Westonka advanced to the final by beating Foley 6-1.

Singles
(1) Parker Sell, PC, def Alex Draeger 7-5 6-1 (2) Mason Woelfel, L, def Hunter Danielson 6-1 6-2 (3) Garrison Jackman, L, def Caleb Stumne 6-1 6-1 (4) Blake Aller, L, def Greyson Johnson 6-0 6-1
Doubles
(1) Tyson Michels/Braden Olson, L, def Peyton Smetana/Mason Mikyska 7-6 (5) 6-2 (2) Max Ceasar/Tyler Pennertz, L, def Jared Carpenter/Seth Linnell 7-5 6-1 (3) Aiden Nelson/Creighton Huhner, L, def Brady Berglund/Rhivers Sauter 6-2 6-2

Section 8A
Thief River Falls 6,
Minnewaska 1

Minnewaska fell to Thief River Falls in the Section 8A championship match at East Grand Forks.

Minnewaska finishes the season 16-7. Top-seeded Thief River Falls advances to the state Class A team tournament June 8-11 at St. Cloud Tech High School.

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