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Boys tennis : It's a family affair for the Minnewaska Lakers

Besides a mom coaching her son, the Minnewaska boys tennis team is like a family as they head to the state tournament.

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Minnewaska senior Tate Reichmann has helped lead the Lakers to the state boys tennis tournament this season.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnewaska High School senior Tate Reichmann is headed to his third Minnesota Class A state boys tennis tournament as an individual, but this year will have a different look and feel to it.

Tate’s team is heading to Minneapolis with him.

The Lakers will make their first appearance in the state tennis tournament in the school’s history. They take on Rock Ridge of the Virginia area in the first round at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.

“It’s going to be a lot more fun compared to the last few years that I have made it,” Tate said. “I get to be down there for a whole week this year instead of two days, so I’m very excited about that.”

Tate’s mother, Tara Reichmann, is the head coach for the boys and girls’ tennis teams at Minnewaska. He said she does a good job of balancing between being his mom and coach, while also bringing the team together.

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Minnewaska's Ethan Quelle is headed to the state tournament with the rest of the Lakers' boys tennis team. Minnewaska plays Rock Ridge of Virginia in the first round at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Minneapolis.
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Tate mentioned Tara has made the Minnewaska boys tennis team more of a family.

“We’re like a family, in a way,” Tate said. “We’re so close. We do a lot of things together … with tennis and having my mom as coach, she really likes to bond the team together.”

As the mother and coach to Tate, Tara said she has had nothing short of an awesome experience coaching her son. Her father coached her while she grew up, so she uses those experiences in different moments and situations to make sure the right decisions are made to benefit his play.

Coaching Tate has come easy for Tara because of his work ethic on and off the tennis court. She knows there’s pressure in balancing the mother and coach dynamic, but she gives him credit for his mental toughness.

“It can be challenging at times, but I would never ever want to trade it for the world,” Tara said. “I’m blessed that I was able to coach my son all the way through his senior year. I can’t think of a better way for him to go out, knowing that he helped lead the team to the state tournament.”

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Minnewaska's Konner Hanson is headed to the state Class A tournament with the rest of the Lakers' boys tennis team on Tuesday in Minneapolis.
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Tara knows two things heading into the tournament: the Lakers are happy to be a part of the tournament and that her team can compete with the state’s best.

Minnewaska lost to Thief River Falls earlier this season 5-2, but then bounced back and defeated the Prowlers in the Section 8A final 4-3 to advance into the state tournament.

Overall, Tara wants the Lakers’ boys, of which their roster includes eight seniors, to enjoy themselves during the state tournament and be proud of their journey.

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“We’re going to give it our best and we have nothing to lose,” Tara said. “We’re the underdogs going into state. We’re just going to play our best and hope for good things to happen.”

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Minnewaska senior Tate Reichmann has qualified for the state Class A individual boys tennis tournament Thursday and Friday in Minneapolis.
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State Class A tournament

Here are the first-round pairings Tuesday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis:

Quarterfinals:

  • Rock Ridge (Virginia) vs. Minnewaska, 8 a.m.
  • Luverne vs. St. Paul Academy-Summit, 10 a.m.
  • Rochester Lourdes vs. Foley, noon
  • Litchfield vs. Breck, 2 p.m.

More boys tennis coverage:
Recent boys tennis coverage from west central Minnesota.
Tate Reichmann closes out a big week Friday at the state Class A tournament in Minneapolis.

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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