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Bemidji HS Friday notebook: Jacks tennis falls, Welle takes lead at Pequot Lakes

Bemidji's Ben Kloha returns a serve during Friday's doubles match against Brainerd. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The Bemidji tennis team fell to 2-4 Friday when it dropped a 5-2 home decision to Brainerd.

The Lumberjacks hope to improve upon that record Tuesday when they visit Detroit Lakes.

BHS coach Scott Engelstad was hoping that the Jacks could dominate the doubles events Friday but Bemidji managed only one victory in three matches.

The win came at third doubles where Justin Byers and Alex Hess outlasted Dylan Wheeler and Reno Fussy 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.

The visitors prevailed in the other doubles battles. At first doubles Bemidji's Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness lost 6-4, 6-1 and at second Levi Rickert and Ben Kloha fell by the same score.

The Lumberjacks also won at first singles where Ben Holter stopped Cole Sundquist 7-5, 6-3.

Bemidji dropped the other singles matches, however.

At second, Hayden Byers lost 6-0, 6-0, Tim Paulus was blanked 6-0, 6-0 at third and Craig Lindseth was swept 6-1, 6-1 at fourth.

"The kids are working hard but a team wins with depth and right now we don't have much depth," Engelstad said.

Joe Welle carded a 74 Friday at The Pines and will take a 1-shot lead into today's second round of the Pequot Lakes Invitational held at The Pines near Nisswa and The Preserve near Pequot Lakes.

The Lumberjacks find themselves in sixth place heading into today's final round at The Preserve. During Friday's opening round Bemidji fired a 319 and trails Hermantown (309), International Falls (313), Fergus Falls (313), St. Cloud Catherdral (315) and Brainerd (317).

"Joe had a nice round," said BHS coach Eric Niskanen. "This was a tricky course. You need to play with your head and Joe thought his way around the track."

Tied for second heading into today's individual action are Dan Bidle of Virginia and Nick Forseberg of Staples who both shot 75.

Max Hazelton had a 79 for the Jacks and Trey Dale finished with an 80. Kevin Larson and Rylee Curb each shot 86 and Kaleb Hanson had a 93.

Meg Phelps shot 88-90-178 to lead the Bemidji girls golf team to a fifth-place finish at the 36-hole meet at the Preserve in Pequot Lakes and The Pines in Nisswa.

"We're on the verge of shooting some good scores," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "All we need is more confidence."

Grand Rapids dominated the 18-team field carding rounds of 336-355-691. Apollo was a distant second at 366-373-739. Pequot Lakes shot 369-370-739 and Virgina 365-379-744.

Molly Hoppe of Brainerd took medalist honors with rounds of 76-83-159. Tabatha Kunst of Duluth East was second at 77-84-161 and Jenny Meusing of Brainerd finished third at 75-87-162.

Other Bemidji scores included Emily Frosaker's 93-90-183, Shelby Sauer's 90-100-190, Marissa Loch's 97-100-197, Erin Buckanaga's 105-100-205 and Aimee Sandquist's 99-106-205.

The Lumberjacks will be at the Legacy course near Brainerd today starting at 2 p.m.

They will host their annual invitational Friday at the Bemidji Town & Country Club.

Friday's results can be found in today's scoreboard on page 9.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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