Prep tennis: Young Cards learn some more

Sartell beats Willmar 7-0 as Cardinals make some changes in practice.

Cardinals junior Adali Laidlaw makes contact with the ball during a match against Sartell on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Willmar High School.
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WILLMAR — The Sartell Sabres made quick work of the Willmar girls’ tennis team, sweeping the Cardinals on Tuesday.

“Today was tough. The girls are trying a lot of different things at practice in building up our tools,” Willmar head coach Cayle Hovland said. “We’re just trying to build up our tools to get to sections, using what we have to be competitive there.”

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Across the seven matches, the young Cardinals team won one set.

“It’s super nice to have a young team because they’re very open to change,” Hovland said. “It’s been fun trying to move people around. … It’s tough to lose 0-7, but we’re going to build our program.”

The No. 3 doubles pairing of junior Katelyn Garberding and freshman Aubrey Peterson won their second set, 6-0, against Sartell’s Greta Schmidt and Caitlyn Burns. They lost the other two 6-1 and 6-3.


Cardinals junior Heidi Kath puts the ball into play during a match against Sartell on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Willmar High School.
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The Sartell Sabres dropped one set in their 7-0 victory.

“Katelyn and Aubrey work really well together. They are really good at communicating to each other,” Hovland said. “It’s been really good to have them together.”

Willmar returns to action against the Rocori Spartans at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Rocori High School.

Sartell 7, Willmar 0

(1) Sarah Weno, S, def. Adali Laidlaw 6-1 6-3 … (2) Violet Steil, S, def. Emmie Larson 6-0 6-2 … (3) Olivia Marek, S, def. Lizzy Hoffmann 6-3 6-1 … (4) Addison Burns, S, def. Jenna Hisken 6-2 6-0

(1) Emily Crandall/Tia Leen, S, def. Addison Malone/Kennedy Mara 6-3 6-2 … (2) Greta Crandall/Morgan Gefre, S, def. Heidi Kath/Abby Hisken 6-1 6-2 … (3) Greta Schmidt/Caitlyn Burns, S, def. Katelyn Garberding/Aubrey Peterson 6-1 0-6 6-3

Cardinals junior Emmie Larson goes to hit the ball during a match against Sartell on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Willmar High School.
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NLS 5, Osakis 2

New London-Spicer improved to 12-3 and helped secure a likely No. 2 seed in the Section 6A playoffs with the victory at Osakis.

The Wildcats earned their points at Nos. 2-4 singles and Nos. 1 and 3 doubles.

Ella Wieland had to battle back from a 6-0 loss in the first set to win at No. 3 singles, beating Bria Hoffarth, 0-6, 7-5, 10-4.


The Silverstreaks are likely going to end up the No. 3 seed in 6A.

NLS heads to the Wright County Conference tournament at noon Thursday at Glencoe-Silver Lake.

(1) Leah Maddock, O, def. Mya Mayhew 6-0, 6-4 … (2) Amyra Gamez, NLS, def. Larissa Hoffarth 6-3, 6-4 … (3) Ella Wieland, NLS, def. Bria Hoffarth 0-6, 7-5, 10-4 … (4) Emily Ruter, NLS, def. Bella Weisser 6-2, 6-2

(1) Delaney Hanson/Brooke Adelman, NLS, def. Ellie George/Madeline Anderson 6-2, 6-2 … (2) Lauren Anderson/Madi Collins, O, def. Jordan Proehl/Avery Dierenfeld 7-5, 6-2 … (3) Brianna Wielman/Madisyn Claseman, NLS, def. Brenna Moen/Lyndsey Middendorf 6-1, 6-3

Benson/KMS 6, YME 1

Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg dominated Yellow Medicine East at Benson.

B/KMS swept the doubles matches. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Elise Duncan and Greta Multhauf led the way with a 6-3, 6-0 win.

Yellow Medicine East’s Emma Keller won the Sting’s one match of the day. She won 6-2, 6-0.

B/KMS plays in the West Central Conference tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Alexandria. YME plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Melrose.


(1) Elle Kletscher, BKMS, def. Hope Stark 6-0 6-4 … (2) Milgo Abdi, BKMS, def. Hope Foy 6-3 6-3 … (3) Alana Hettver, BKMS, def. Abigail Jimenez 6-0 6-0 … (4) Emma Keller, YME, def. Arianna Nagler 6-2 6-0

(1) Elise Duncan/Greta Multhauf, BKMS, def. Brianna Nelson/Sarana West 6-3 6-0 … (2) Kya Oakes/Addi DeToy, BKMS, def. Breea Johnson/Katelyn Luepke 6-2 6-1 … (3) Molly Jones/Ella McGinty, BKMS, def. Reagan Streich/Annelise Jahn 6-3 6-1

Minnewaska 6, Sauk Centre 1

Minnewaska won points at every position except No. 1 singles to win the West Central Conference match over the Mainstreeters at Sauk Centre.

At No. 1 singles, Sauk Centre’s Hailey Hokanson beat Megan Thorfinnson 6-3, 6-3.

Minnewaska next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Osakis.

(1) Hailey Hokanson, SC, def. Megan Thorfinnson 6-3, 6-3 … (2) Alia Randt, M, def. Lydia Peterson 6-0, 6-0 … (3) Olivia Danielson, M, def. Lisa Straninger 6-2, 6-2 … (4) Jayda Kolstoe, M, def Keely Klein 6-0, 6-0

(1) Olivia Bleick/Sydney Dahl, M, def. Addy Hoffman/Emma Klaphake 6-1, 6-1 … (2) Grace Jensen/Zoey Elwood, M, def. Amber Groetsch/Lindsay Bailey 6-2, 6-2 … (3) Katy Vold/Alvarie Uhde, M, def. Emilee Koelin/Samantha Gregory 6-2, 6-1


Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd swept MACCRAY in straight sets at every point except No. 4 singles at Madison.

At No. 4 singles, Sadie Hacker beat MACCRAY’s Erika Pieper 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

LQPV/D-B plays at 4 p.m. Thursday at Morris/Chokio-Alberta. MACCRAY is host to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Clara City.

(1) Katelyn Wittnebel, L, def. Tayte Nokleby 6-1, 6-4 … (2) Maddie Mathies, L, def. Hannah Delong 6-0, 6-0 … (3) Hannah Oie, L, def. Greta Meyer 6-1, 6-3 … (4) Sadie Hacker, L, def. Erika Pieper 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

(1) Claire Lowry/Kayla Jahn, L, def. Malinda Peterson/Alex Dirksen 6-1, 6-4 … (2) Kali Bormann/Gertie Sieg, L, def. MaKenna Burnette/Iris Donner 6-0, 6-2 … (3) Taylen Jorgenson/Elsie Wiebe, L, def. Ella Kienitz/Mia Shubert 6-3, 6-1

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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, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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