Boys tennis roundup: Minnewaska earns a state berth
Prep boys tennis report for Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Lakers win Section 8A by edging No. 1 Thief River Falls, 4-3
GLENWOOD — The Minnewaska boys tennis team is state bound after winning the Section 8A championship on Tuesday.
The No. 2 seed in the 8A bracket, the Lakers beat top-seeded Thief River Falls 4-3 at Minnewaska High School.
The Class A team state championship tournament is on June 7-8 at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
In the championship dual, Minnewaska was 2-0 in three-set matches.
At No. 3 singles, the Lakers’ Ethan Quelle came back from a first-set loss to beat Reece Janisch 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Then at No. 2 doubles, Minnewaska’s Connor Quelle and Tenzin Dahl held on to beat the Prowlers’ Geran Gonsorowski and Jett Cornelius 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.
Tate Reichmann also won his No. 1 singles match for the Lakers, 6-3, 6-2. And Minnewaska’s top duo of Damon Uhde and Nik VanDyke had a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Day 2 of the Section 8A individual tournament set for Wednesday in Glenwood was postponed due to weather. In singles, No. 2 Tate Reichmann of Minnewaska will face No. 3 Josh Peterson of Perham in the semifinals. The other match is No. 1 Isaac Maddock of Osakis vs. No. 4 Ben Schierer of Fergus Falls.
Minnewaska also has a pair of doubles teams remaining. No. 4 Damon Uhde and Nik VanDyke take on top-seeded Dylan Hahn and Jack Onkka of Thief River Falls. No. 6 Ethan Quelle and Connor Quelle of Minnewaska play No. 2 Rhett Janisch and JJ Cornelius of Thief River Falls.
Section 8A championship
Minnewaska 4, Thief River Falls 3
(1) Tate Reichmann, M, def Jack Onkka 6-3 6-2 … (2) Dylan Hahn, TRF, def Gannon Walsh 6-2 6-4 … (3) Ethan Quelle, M, def Reece Janisch 4-6 6-2 6-2 … (4) Isaiah Villarreal, TRF, def Konner Hanson 6-2 7-5
(1) Damon Uhde/Nik VanDyke, M, def Rhett Janisch/JJ Cornelius 6-3 6-3 … (2) Connor Quelle/Tenzin Dahl, M, def Geran Gonsorowski/Jett Cornelius 7-6 4-6 6-2 … (3) Spencer Hempel/Lucas Rantanen, TRF, def Noah Palmer/Alec Larson 6-2 6-1
Section 2A individuals
Two Litchfield singles players and a doubles team are still alive in the Section 2A individual tournament at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on Wednesday
In singles, the Dragons’ Mason Woelfel is the No. 2 seed. After a first-round bye, Woefel advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over St. James’ Brennan Kern. Woelfel will take on No. 6 Jack Schaefer of Holy Family Catholic.
Teammate Garrison Jackman is also in the singles semifinals. The five seed, Jackson beat No. 12 Devin Haase of Blue Earth in the first round, 6-0, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, he defeated St. James’ Andrei Rivera, 6-1, 6-0. Jackman takes on top-seeded Michael Frost of Holy Family in the semis.
Litchfield’s doubles team of Alex Draeger and Braden Olson is the top seed in the tournament. After a first-round bye, Draeger and Olson defeated Holy Family’s Tommy Agerland and Jake Cameron, 6-1, 6-1. Draeger and Olson will face the four seed, Southwest Christian’s Luke Schwen and Max Schmidt.
The Dragons’ other pair, Nathan Wuotila and Gray Nelson, were the No. 7 seed. They opened with a victory against Southwest Christian’s Cooper Reimann and Austin Kimble, 6-1, retired. Going against No. 2-seeded Marty Anderson and Cooper Dean of St. Peter, Wuotila and Nelson bowed out after a 6-1, 6-2 loss.
The 2A tournament concludes Thursday back at Gustavus Adolphus.