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Tennis team seeks improvement this year

The Bemidji boys tennis team enters the new season seeking improvement. It will finally open its season today, traveling to Crookston and East Grand Forks for separate matches, the Crookston match a replay of an April 12 rainout. Tomorrow the Jac...

The Bemidji boys tennis team enters the new season seeking improvement.

It will finally open its season today, traveling to Crookston and East Grand Forks for separate matches, the Crookston match a replay of an April 12 rainout.

Tomorrow the Jacks play at Brainerd.

Improvement is much the same goal the Jacks faced last year and achieved to a large extent, ending 6-12 after a 2-8 record in 2005.

Unlike the girls team which has enjoyed a long string of success, the boys program has run in cycles.

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After four losing years from 1994-97, the Jacks had six outstanding seasons from 1998 through 2003 before dropping under the .500 mark again the past three springs.

The team returns seven starters from last year's tournament team which bowed to Brainerd 5-2 in its opening match.

But they include only three seniors at the top end and a sophomore, freshman and 8th grader at the lower end.

And those three may be vital contributors before the season ends.

Graduation claimed Chris Konecne, A.J. Shea, Eric Bruns and Travis Beighley plus exchange student Max Hantel who had only three varsity matches.

At tournament time, Shea and Beighley opened at No. 1 and 4 singles with Konecne shifting to doubles.

He returned to singles for the individual meet and advanced to the section where he dropped his only match.

Returning this year will be seniors Matt Thompson, Aaron Carter and Erik Bergsven, juniors Logan Hanrahan and Mike Rude, soph Sam Weaver, freshman Ben Holter and eighth grader Ryan Rude.

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Holter beat Weaver last month for the men's singles title at the CBS spring tournament.

Thompson and Carter went 7-7 in singles before shifting to doubles late in the year. Ryan Rude ended 6-3 and Holter 2-7 among players who saw frequent action.

Weaver and Holter went 7-5 in doubles while Hanrahan was 5-7 playing with Beighley. No other doubles tandem won more than three matches.

A major plus for the Jacks is the return of Scott Engelstad as coach for the 14th season.

He will be assisted again by Jason Koester with Pete Sullivan back at the head of the Middle School program.

"Our record may not reflect it but I feel we can be more competitive this year with the added year of experience for the younger players," said Engelstad. "In any case, it should be a challenging year."

There are several promising players at the Middle School that may be no more than a year away from advancing to the varsity ranks.

The net team was the last spring unit to begin practice, opening drills March 26.

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The Jacks opened with three rainouts, the third a reset of the second.

Two triangulars bring Thief River and newcomer Monticello to town May 5 and East Side and Detroit Lakes May 8 with Crookston and Moorhead at Bemidji May 11 and 12 for dual matches.

Bemidji returns to the Moorhead Invitational and Northwest Quad, the Quad this year at East Grand Forks.

Engelstad will open today with Thompson, Rude, Holter and Weaver at the four singles berths.

In doubles, Carter and Bergsven will go at No. 1, Hanrahan and Matt Lee at No. 2 with Chris Hays and Bryan Baldrati, a Brazilian exchange student, at No. 3.

TENNIS

Apr. 10 at Crookston

Apr. 12 Grand Rapids 2:00

Apr. 12 Park Rapids 5:00

Apr. 19 at East Grand Forks

Apr. 20 at Brainerd

Apr. 24 at Detroit Lakes

Apr. 26 at Thief River Falls

Apr. 28 Moorhead Invitational

May 1 at Perham

May 3 Northwest Quad (EGF)

May 5 Thief River Falls 9:00

May 5 Monticello 1:00

May 8 East Grand Forks 2:00

May 8 Detroit Lakes 5:00

May 11 Crookston 4:30

May 12 Moorhead

May 17 at Grand Rapids

May 18 at Fergus Falls

May 18 vs. Moorhead (FF)

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