TENNIS: BHS splits in final regular season triangular
PARK RAPIDS -- The Bemidji High School tennis team ended its regular season with a split Friday, topping Park Rapids 6-1 before losing to Fergus Falls 4-3 in a triangular meet at Park Rapids.
The Lumberjacks end their regular season at 10-3 overall in dual meets.
BHS head coach Mark Fodness said the Lumberjacks once again tweaked their lineups to get more practice for next week's section tournaments.
Against Fergus Falls, the Lumberjacks and Otters each split singles matchups and the No. 1 doubles team of Matt Hokenson and Noah Holter won their match, but Fergus won the other two doubles contests to win the match.
"As we did yesterday, we worked with the coach from Fergus to set the lineup so our individual teams could get some work for sections next week," Fodness said. "Matt and Noah continued their strong performance at first doubles. We were at 3-3 when Fergus won the third doubles match. It was a good competitive contest and it's good for the players to be put in some different roles."
Rocky Copiskey beat Nick Johnson at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-4, while Spencer Konecne topped Jacob Viger 6-1, 6-2.
In the matchup with Park Rapids Fodness put in some younger players. Matt Hanchon, playing at No. 4 singles, got his first varsity win, as did Aaron Bennett, who was playing No. 3 doubles with Caleb Hess.
Also winning against Park Rapids were Noah Holter, Robert Teuer and Konecne in singles play as well as the doubles team of Kole Pankow and Sam Howard.
The Lumberjacks will play in the section 8 tournament next week. The team tournament is Tuesday and the individual tournament is Thursday, both in Brainerd and bothe weather permitting.
Bemidji 6, Park Rapids 1
No. 1: Holter (B) def. Porozinski, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Treuer (B) def. McKeever 6-0, 7-6 (6-2)
No. 3: Konecne (B) def. Hendrickson 6-1, 6-0
No. 4: Hanchon (B) def. Wallace 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
No. 1: Pankow/Howard (B) def. Dickinson/Bateman 6-2, 6-2
No. 2: Lopez/Bruce (PR) def. Kovacavich/Copiskey 6-3, 6-7 (4-7),10-8
No. 3: Hess/Bennett (B) def. Kimball/Olson 4-6, 6-1, 10-7
Fergus Falls 4, Bemidji 3
No. 1: Schneck (FF) def. Truer 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Drake (FF) def. White 6-0, 6-3
No. 3: Copiskey (B) def. Johnson 6-3, 6-4
No. 4: Konecne (B) def. Viger 6-1, 6-2
Hokanson/Holter (B) def. Anderson/Schneeberger 6-2, 6-1
Rausch/Makielski (FF) def. Pankow/Howard 6-3, 6-3
Steen/Bernard (FF) def. Atteberry/Schultz 6-3, 6-0