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Jacks begin the new season with 6-1 victory over Perham

Bemidji's Ben Holter opened his spring with a 6-1 and 6-2 victory at first singles. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The Bemidji boys tennis team opened its season on a positive note Thursday as the Lumberjacks downed Perham 6-1 at the high school courts.

"It's always good when the weather cooperates and you get a victory," said BHS coach Scott Engelstad." It was good to get outside and play a match and the win allowed us to start the season with a positive mind set."

Bemidji swept the doubles and captured three of the four singles matches, all in straight sets.

Ben Holter was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at first singles while Adam Holter posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory at second and Kyle Fodness a 6-0, 6-1 win at third.

Zach Hewitt dropped his fourth singles match 6-1, 6-4.

Justin Byers and Levi Rickert earned a 6-0, 6-1 verdict at first doubles and the tandem of Ben Kloha and Joey Wood cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at second.

In third doubles play, Jack Boyer and Hayden Byers posted a 6-0, 6-3 triumph.

Bemidji returns to action Tuesday at Crookston and Engelstad will probably reshape his lineup against the Pirates.

"We have some inexperience so it is hard to know what to expect from everybody," the coach said. "This is the time to try different lineups to look for better match-ups against different teams.

"Thursday was an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and now we will build upon what we learned."

Bemidji 6, Perham 1


Ben Holter (B) def. Mike Buer 6-1, 6-2; Adam Holter (B) def. Dylan Ashcraft 6-1, 6-0;Kyle Fodness (B) def. Scott Eickschen 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Cresap (P) def. Zach Hewitt 6-1, 6-4.


Justin Byers and Levi Rickert (B) def. Randy Swanson and James Hersch 6-0, 6-1; Ben Kloha and Joey Wood (B) def. Trevor Meece and Madison Paridon 6-0, 6-0; Jack Boyer and Hayden Byers (B) def. Austin Ardreen and Dillon Shields 6-0, 6-3.

Junior Varsity Results


Kiowa Weezermathews (P) def. Craig Scholl 8-2

Kiowa Weezermathews (P) def. Stephen Allison 8-5


Craig Lindseth and Tim Paulus (B)def. Trevor Meece and Madison Paridou 8-6

Kyle Edens and Alec Hess (B) def. Randy Swanson and James Herson 8-0

Matt Armstrong and Austin Korczak (B) def. Dylan Papenfuss and Mike Botzet 8-2

Nick Sledge and Matt Chatterton (B) def. Dylan Papefuss and Mike Botzet 8-2

Joe Weeks and Ben Schreiber (B) def. Brian Howey and Mike Botzet 8-1

Luke Halberg and Ben Fultz (B) def. Paul Swanson and Kyle Lamond 8-0

Brian Howey and Matt Carlson (P) def. Eathan Aamodt and Dustin Hauser 8-6

Seth Nubbe and Donald Erickson (B) def. Paul Swanson and Matt Carlson 8-4

Austin Anderson and Dillon Shields (P) def. Bennett Goodman-Erikson and Chris Madsen 8-4

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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