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Bemidji tennis sweeps triangular meet

Bemidji High School senior Lukas Halberg plays No. 4 singles against a Detroit Lakes opponent during a triangular match Tuesday afternoon. The Lumberjacks swept the triangular, beating both Detroit Lakes and East Grand Forks. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — Mixing the lineup to test the players in different positions proved to be a successful tactic Tuesday as the Bemidji boys tennis team swept a home triangular.

In the early meet BHS downed Detroit Lakes 5-2 and the Lumberjacks completed their day with a 5-2 victory over East Grand Forks.

Tuesday’s victories upped Bemidji’s dual record to 6-2. On Friday the Jacks will try to improve upon that mark when they host Fergus Falls at 2 p.m. and Moorhead at 5 p.m.

BHS coach Mark Fodness also is trying to schedule Crookston for 10:30 a.m. in an effort to recover a match that was cancelled earlier this spring because of the wintry weather conditions.

“Against East Grand we switched all of our doubles teams to see if we could get the kids to move better on the court,” Fodness said. “When you are playing with a new partner you are forced to make adjustments. And in those matches the kids did adjust.”

All three doubles teams posted wins against the Green Wave.

At first doubles, Robert Treuer and Gabe Heifort teamed for a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory while Sam Howard and Kole Pankow prevailed 6-1, 6-3 at second doubles.

Completing the doubles sweep, Evan White and Garrett Atteberry posted a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 triumph.

The Lumberjacks also claimed third and fourth singles behind Isak Sommer’s 7-5, 6-2 win and Alec Hess’ 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Matt Hokanson lost 6-2, 6-1 at first singles and Noah Holter fell 6-2, 6-0 at second.

Against Detroit Lakes BHS took three of the four singles matches and two of the three doubles battles.

Hokanson cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 in at first singles, Sommer won by the same score at second and Holter blanked his third singles foe 6-0, 6-0.

Lukas Halberg dropped a 3-set decision at fourth singles.

In doubles action Howard and Treuer combined for a 6-0, 6-3 at second and Pankow and White posted a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at third.

The Jacks lost at first doubles.

“Overall, we had a good day,” Fodness said. “We still are inconsistent but all of the coaches have said the same thing about their athletes. It’s difficult to develop consistent play when you don’t have the opportunity to practice.

“We will be able to practice Wednesday and Thursday but those are the only back-to-back practice days we will have the rest of the year,” the coach continued. “And it will be nice to be able to work on our game for a change.”

Bemidji 5, Detroit Lakes 2


Hokanson (B) def. Howard 6-1, 6-2

Sommer (B) def. Espinosa 6-1, 6-2

Holter (B) def. Hanks 6-0, 6-0

Nelson (DL) def. Halberg 6-1, 4-6


Eggebraaten/Friesen (DL) def. Heifort/Atteberry 6-1, 7-5

Howard/Treuer (B) def. I.Fondrick/A.Fondrick 6-0, 6-3

Pankow/White (B) def. Crawford/Bronseth 6-2, 6-0


Erickson/Minozamilla (B) def. Fritze/Benson 8-1

Bemidji 5, EGF 2


Misalek (EGF) def. Hokanson 6-2, 6-1

Straw (EGF) def. Holter 6-2, 6-0

Sommer (B) def. Cote 7-5, 6-2

Hess (B) def. Croaker 6-3, 6-2


Heifort/Treuer (B) def. Campos/Wiertzema 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Howard/Pankow (B) def. Johnson/Zeman 6-1, 6-3

White/Atteberry (B) def. Albaaj/Gander 7-6 (7-1), 6-2


Halberg/Copiskey (B) def. Bechtold/Rhen 6-0

Erickson/Minozamilla (B) def. Bechtold/Rhen 6-2

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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