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Bemidji senior Craig Lindseth returns a serve on Tuesday afternoon against a Detroit Lakes opponent. Lindseth and partner Jack Boyer won their doubles match over Chandler Hanks and Caleb Howard, 6-1, 6-3, getting it in just before the rains came and halted the dual meet prematurely. Although the weather washed out three of the seven matches, the Jacks won the other four to win the meet 4-0. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji tennis team found a way to play one of its two scheduled dual meets Tuesday afternoon. But just barely.

After waiting nearly two hours to start their first scheduled meet against Detroit Lakes due to sporadic rain in the area, the Lumberjacks worked to dry the tennis courts at Bemidji High School not once, not twice but three times.

The rain cleared up for about 45 minutes -- just enough for the Jacks and Lakers to get in the requisite number of matches and make it official.

Bemidji beat Detroit Lakes with seconds to spare before the rains started up again, taking the meet 4-0, with three incompletes. The Jacks' other scheduled dual, against East Grand Forks, was not played.

"It counts as a win," Bemidji head coach Mark Fodness said. "It's disappointing to not finish those last three matches and you hate to not play. But we're glad to get these in."

The Lumberjacks won all three doubles matches and one singles match before it started raining again, bringing their dual meet win total to four this season.

The No. 4 singles player, Noah Holter, topped Tom Warwag fairly easily, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness finished up fairly easily, 6-2, 6-0.

But the other two doubles matches ended with seconds to spare.

"We were literally seconds away from canceling the match before they finished," Fodness said. "We didn't want to walk off the court because we wouldn't have gotten a chance to replay it."

The No. 2 doubles team of Zachary Hewitt and Austin Korczak beat Hunter Hedstrom and Cody Knopf 6-0, 6-2, while No. 3 Jack Boyer and Craig Lindseth beat Chandler Hanks and Caleb Howard 6-1, 6-3. Both matches came down to a final volley.

"It got to the point where, if they hadn't scored those points right there when they did, they wouldn't have finished their matches," Fodness said.

No. 1 through 3 singles players Alec Hess, Matt Hokanson and Isak Sommer were all in the midst of their matches but did not complete them.

The abbreviated meet will still count as an official win under Minnesota High School League rules.

The Lumberjacks will return to the court Friday when they travel to Fergus Falls for another double dual meet, against host Fergus Falls and Moorhead.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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