The Minnewaska Area boys tennis team is having one of its best seasons ever.  The Lakers swept Detroit Lakes, Thursday, for its 17th win of the season, while two days earlier, Minnewaska fell for only the second time this spring with a 6-1 loss to Alexandria.

The Lakers, who finished 6-0 in the WCC and are 17-2 overall, also won four of seven individual titles at the WCC Tourney, Saturday, May 3 at NLS.

The only meet scheduled this week is a triangular at St. John’s Prep, which had been set for earlier this year, but was rescheduled to Tuesday May 14.

The Section 8A Boys Tennis Tournament is slated for May 20-22 at Osakis.  Last year, the Lakers fell in the first round of the team tourney, while Drew Bleick and Carter LeClair placed fourth in individual doubles.

WCC Individual Tourney

The Lakers competed at the WCC Individual Tourney last Friday, May 3 at Montevideo.  Minnewaska Area, which won the team title with a perfect 6-0 record, also had four individual titles out of seven.

Earning titles with 3-0 records for the Lakers were Tenzin Dahl at second singles, Drew Bleick and Carter LeClair at first doubles, Marshall Kopp and Landon Schiffler at second doubles, and Xavier Johnson and Tyler Kohn at third doubles.

LeClair is still perfect at 20-0 through the WCC Tourney, while Dahl and Bleick are both 19-2. 

Placing second was Riley Thorfinnson at third singles, while Connor Quelle finished third at first singles with a 2-1 record and Carson Beyer was 1-2 at fourth singles to place fourth.

NLS’ Jowell Gamaz won the No. 1 singles’ title with a win over Blake Brehmer of Benson-KMS.  Overall, NLS had two individual champions, while Montevideo had one and the Lakers had the other four.

Alexandria triangular

The Lakers fell for just the second time during a 6-1 loss to Alexandria last Tuesday night.  Picking up the only point for the Lakers was the first doubles team of Drew Bleick and Carter LeClair, who won in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 10-5 tiebreaker.

In the other matches, the Lakers won five games at third doubles before losing 6-3, 6-2, while Minnewaska also lost 6-1, 6-3 at third singles and 6-3, 6-1 at second doubles.

Waska 7, Detroit Lakes 0

The Lakers swept a match at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, winning four matches in three sets.

Connor Quelle won easily at first singles (6-2, 6-1) as did Tenzin Dahl at second singles (6-0, 6-1) and Carson Beyer at fourth (6-1, 6-0).

Riley Thorfinnson took three sets before winning at third singles (3-6, 6-2, 6-4), while all three doubles’ matches also went the distance.

Drew Bleick and Carter LeClair prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at first doubles, while Marshall Kopp and Landon Schiffler won 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 at second doubles, and Tyler Kohn and Xavier Johnson made it a clean sweep with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory at third doubles.

at WCC Tourney

Minnewaska results:

SINGLES results:  

(1)  Connor Quelle 2-1 (third)  (2) Tenzin Dahl 3-0 (first)  (3) Riley Thorfinnson 2-1 (second)  (4) Carson Beyer 1-2 (fourth)

DOUBLES results:  

(1)  Drew Bleick-Carter LeClair 3-0 (first)  (2) Marshall Kopp-Landon Schiffler 3-0 (first)  (3) Xavier Johnson-Tyler Kohn 3-0 (first)


at Alexandria 6, Waska 1

SINGLES results:  

(1)  Owen Gilbertson, Alex def Connor Quelle 6-0, 6-1  (2) Cole Haabala, Alex def Tenzin Dahl 6-0, 6-3  (3) Owen Godfrey, Alex def Carson Beyer 6-1, 6-3  (4) Niklas Cook, Alex def Xavier Johnson 6-0, 6-2

DOUBLES results:  

(1)  Drew Bleick-Carter LeClair, Min def Lucas Fernholz-Charlie Johnston 6-7, 6-3, 10-5tb  (2) Bennett Teaser-Nathan Cook, Alex def Riley Thorfinnson-Tyler Kohn 6-3, 6-1  (3) Donovan Rousu-Scott Hrubes, Alex def Marshall Kopp-Landon Schiffler 6-3, 6-2


Waska 7, at Det Lakes 0

SINGLES results:  

(1)  Connor Quelle, Min def Max Mercil 6-2, 6-1  (2) Tenzin Dahl, Min def Max Splonskowski 6-0, 6-1  (3) Riley Thorfinnson, Min def Jude Houglum 3-6, 6-2, 6-4  (4) Carson Beyer, Min def James LaChapelle 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES results:  

(1)  Drew Bleick-Carter LeClair, Min def Nick Buboltz-Breck Winter 4-6, 6-3, 6-2  (2) Marshall Kopp-Landon Schiffler, Min def Reece Borgmann-Devon Berg 7-5, 2-6, 6-2  (3) Tyler Kohn-Xavier Johnson, Min def Lijay Wyckoff-Reece Winter 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

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