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BOYS TENNIS: Bemidji falls just short of state berths with semifinal losses

The Bemidji High School boys tennis team had its season come to an end on Thursday at the Section 8AA Individual Tournament in St. Cloud, with multiple Lumberjacks coming up just short in their quest to reach the state tournament.

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Members of the Bemidji High School boys tennis team competed at the Section 8AA Individual Tournament on Thursday, May 26, 2022, in St. Cloud. Pictured, from left, are head coach Kyle Fodness, Noah Johnson, John McNallan, Casey Rupp, Matthieu Benhamou and assistant coach Garrett Goeden.
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ST. CLOUD – The Bemidji High School boys tennis team had its season come to an end on Thursday at the Section 8AA Individual Tournament in St. Cloud, with multiple Lumberjacks coming up just short in their quest to reach the state tournament.

In the singles bracket, Matthieu Benhamou and Noah Johnson both reached the semifinals with wins in the quarterfinal round. Benhamou blanked St. Cloud’s Gavin Fenstad 6-0, 6-0 in the quarters, while Johnson beat Becker’s Troy Nuest 6-4, 6-1.

That was as far as they would go, though, as both players met their match in the semis. Benhamou fell 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to Becker’s Zach Bengtson, while Johnson lost 6-3, 6-0 to St. Cloud’s Michael Plombom.

Benhamou and Johnson then faced off in the third-place match, with Benhamou prevailing 6-1 7-6.

In the doubles bracket, John McNallan and Casey Rupp also advanced to the semifinal round, defeating St. Cloud’s Ripley Garden and Jonah Atkinson 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 7-5 in the quarters. But they too met their demise in the semis, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Monticello’s Tyler Rousslang and Ryan Schyma.

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In the third-place match, McNallan and Rupp lost 6-4, 6-3 to Alexandria’s pairing of Pieter Mulder and Owen Gilbertson.

BHS graduates five seniors Max Harris, Seth Lindgren, Benhamou, Johnson and McNallan from the program.

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