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BHS splits triangular

Playing first singles against a tough Moorhead opponent, Bemidji's Alec Hess returns a volley on Tuesday afternoon. He lost the match in a tiebreaker, 0-6, 6-1 (10-8). The Lumberjacks split the triangular meet, beating Moorhead 4-3 but falling to Thief River Falls 5-2. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji tennis team beat Moorhead but lost to No. 5 ranked Thief River Falls in a triangular meet here Tuesday afternoon.

The Lumberjacks edged Moorhead 4-3 and fell to Thief River Falls 5-2.

"The win against Moorhead was a nice one," head coach Mark Fodness said. "We beat them 4-3 earlier this year, so it was nice to do it again before sections."

The Lumberjacks and the Spuds played a few hard-fought matches in the meet. The No. 1 and No. 2 players for the Jacks -- Alec Hess and Matt Hokanson -- went to tiebreakers for the third set, which is standard in triangular meets.

However, both lost the tiebreaker. Gabe Steinwald topped Hess 6-0, 1-6 (10-8) at No. 1 and Kurt Meyer beat Hokanson 4-6, 6-0 (10-7).

Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness also went to tiebreakers in their No. 1 doubles match but prevailed 2-6, 6-3 (10-2).

"The scores were very close again this time," Fodness said. "We win a tiebreaker or two and we had a chance to sweep them. It was a very good meet."

In the second meet of the triangular, the Lumberjacks proved to be no match for Thief River Falls, ranked No. 5 in Class A. The Prowlers won 5-2.

BHS's lone wins in the match were Noah Holter at No. 4 singles, who cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 win, and Garrett Atteberry and Gabe Heifort, who won 6-2, 6-3.

"We competed," Fodness said. "I like how we're playing right now. Thief is a great team and we did well against them."

The Jacks have one final dual remaining in the regular season; they travel to Grand Rapids Thursday.

The section 8-2A tournament starts next week in Brainerd.

Bemidji 4, Moorhead 3


Steinwand (M) def. Hess (B) 6-0, 1-6 (10-8)

Meyer (M) def. Hokanson (B) 4-6, 6-0 (10-7)

Somer (B) def. Cella (M) 6-1, 6-0

N. Holter (B) def. Glidden (M) 6-2, 6-0


A. Holter/Fodness (B) def. Solum/ Mulvaney (M) 2-6, 6-3 (10-2)

Meyer/Stills Baer (M) def. Korczak/ Hewitt (B) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1

Heifort/Atteberry (B) def. Vo/Dang (M) 6-4, 6-2

Thief River Falls 5, Bemidji 2


Borseth (TRF) def. Hess (B) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Bates (TRF) def. Hokanson (B) 6-4, 6-4

Hutton (TRF) def. Somer (B) 7-5, 6-4

N. Holter (B) def. Olson 6-0, 6-4


Tunberg/Engelstad (TRF) def. A. Holter/Fodness (B) 6-3, 6-2

Nessen/Bowers (TRF) def. Korczak/ Hewitt (B) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2

Heifort/ Atteberry (B) def. Hutton/Horien (TRF) 6-2, 6-3

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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