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Playing first doubles, Bemidji’s Gabe Heifort returns a serve against a Moorhead opponent on Tuesday afternoon during a triangular match which included Thief River Falls. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — The ability to win the close individual matches has been instrumental in the success of the Bemidji High School boys tennis team this spring and that attribute was on display again Tuesday when the Lumberjacks entertained Moorhead and Thief River Falls.

In Tuesday’s opener BHS and the Spuds needed tiebreakers to settle two of the matches and the Jacks prevailed in each.

Winning those battles was the difference as Bemidji posted a 5-2 victory.

Thief River Falls, however, posted its second win of the spring over the Jacks and snapped Bemidji’s six-meet winning stream by downing BHS 5-2.

Moorhead held the upper hand at first and second singles against the Lumberjacks but the home team managed a split of the four singles matches when Noah Holter won 6-1, 6-2 at third and Lukas Halberg outlasted Ethan Gelldden 6-1, 3-6, (15-13) at fourth.

BHS swept the three doubles battles and setting the tone were Robert Treuer and Gabe Heifort who prevailed 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 at first doubles.

Sam Howard and Kole Pankow earned a crucial victory at second doubles as they outgunned Brendon Omeara and Isaac Bang 4-6, 6-3, (10-6).

At third doubles the Jacks had an easier time as Garrett Atteberry and Evan White cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph.

Thief River Falls used a different lineup than the one that defeated the Jacks 5-2 in late April but the result was similar.

The teams split the four singles matches but the Prowlers swept the doubles action.

Matt Hokanson cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at first singles and Isak Sommer was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at second.

“Of the two matches, the one against Moorhead was the more important because the win gave us a better chance to receive a high seed for the section meet,” said BHS coach Mark Fodness, adding that Thief River Falls is not a section foe.

“Against Moorhead we let our opponents hang around a little too long. We need to learn how to close an opponent out quicker. But we did find a way to won those close matches and that is a positive.”

Bemidji, 10-3, returns to action Thursday when it travels to Grand Rapids. On Friday the Jacks will visit Park Rapids and make up a meet that was lost to the weather in early April.

Bemidji 5, Moorhead 2


Steinwand (M) def. Hokanson 6-1, 6-0

K.Meyer (M) def. Sommer 6-3, 6-1

Holter (B) def. W.Meyer 6-1, 6-2

Halberg (B) def. Gelldden 6-1, 3-6, (15-13)


Treuer and Heifort (B) def. Cela and Pederson 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

Howard and Pankow (B) def. Omeara and Bang 4-6, 6-3, (10-6)

Atteberry and White (B) def. Schroder and Borgen 6-0, 6-1

Thief River Falls 5, Bemidji 2


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

Sommer (B) def. Johnson 6-0, 6-1

Olson (TRF) def. Holter 6-2, 6-3

Hutton (TRF) def. Halberg 6-0, 6-1


Engelstad and Blowers (TRF) def. Treuer and Heifort 6-1, 6-1

Horien and Nessen (TRF) def. Howard and Pankow 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

Hutton and Olson (TRF) def. White and Atteberry 6-0, 6-3

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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