Boys tennis roundup: Luverne edges Benson/KMS for a state berth

Prep boys tennis report for Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in west central Minnesota. The Cardinals beat Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 4-3 for the Section 3A team title in Redwood Falls.

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REDWOOD FALLS — Luverne swept all four singles points to earn the Section 3A boys tennis team title Tuesday with a 4-3 victory over Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Redwood Valley High School.

It sends the Cardinals to the state Class A team tournament June 7 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Benson/KMS earned its points by sweeping doubles play, getting victories from Tyler Hadfield and Hunter LeClair at No. 1, Matthew Thompson and Mason Bakke at No. 2 and Blake Brehmer and Alberto Vargas at No. 3.

Luverne advanced by beating Redwood Valley 5-2 in the semifinals. Benson/KMS advanced with a 5-2 victory over Yellow Medicine East.

(1) Pierce Cunningham, L, def. Taylor Duncan 6-4, 6-0 … (2) Griffen Jarchow, L, def. Harold Habben 6-0, 6-1 … (3) Blake Frahm, L, def. Alex Carlson 6-0, 6-0 … (4) Ethan Nath, L, def. Isaac Carlson 6-4, 6-1.
(1) Tyler Hadfield/Hunter LeClair, B, def. Chance Tunnissen/Logan Ommen 6-4, 6-4 … (2) Matthew Thompson/Mason Bakke, B, def. Kyle Ferguson/Jase Arp 6-1, 6-1 … (3) Blake Brehmer/Alberto Vargas, B, def. Spencer Kracht/Luke Bosch 6-2, 6-2


Benson/KMS 5, YME 2

Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg eliminated Yellow Medicine East in the Section 3A semifinals at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls.

The Braves won at Nos. 2 and 3 singles and swept the doubles.

The loss is the end of the line for six seniors on YME’s team.

“I’m not going to like the tennis banquet this year,” YME head coach Jeff Lalim said. “I’ve had all six since seventh and eighth grade. It’s been a long run with boys.

“We’ll be up and coming for a while, I suppose.”

The six seniors are Ean Clarke, Jackson Torgerson, Derrick Lien, Austin Canatsey, Isaac Olevson and Mason Rhode.

(1) Ean Clarke, YME, def. Taylor Duncan 6-4, retired … (2) Hunter LeClair, B, def. Jackson Torgerson 6-1, 6-3 … (3) Alberto Vargas, B, def. Ryan Syring 6-4, 6-1 … (4) Derrick Lien, YME, def. Alex Carlson 6-4, 5-7, retired
(1) Mason Bakke/Matthew Thompson, B, def. Austin Canatsey/Isaac Olevson 6-2, 6-1 … (2) Harold Habben/Tyler Hadfield, B, def. Karter Canatsey/Ryan Brouwer 6-2, 6-4 … (3) Isaac Carlson/Logan Schwer, B, def. Mason Rhode/Gage Corner 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Section 8A

NLS individuals fall

New London-Spicer’s Kenneth Schmiesing won his first-round match over Crookston’s Kaleb Armstrong, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round of the Section 8A individual tournament at Minnewaska High School.


Schmiesing then fell to Ben Schreiber of Fergus Falls, 6-2, 6-1 to be eliminated.

The Wildcats’ other singles player in the tournament, Jowell Gamez, lost to Tate Riechmann 6-0, 6-0.

NLS’ doubles team of Jack Barney and Ethan Spors won its first-round match over a duo from Perham, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. Barney and Sports were then eliminated in the second round.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats’ Josh Soto and Joe Brouwer lost their first-round match.

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Recent boys tennis coverage from west central Minnesota.
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