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BOYS TENNIS: Duluth East ends Jacks’ unbeaten start, Bemidji splits triangular

Now 16-1 on the season, BHS will resume its season with a home matchup under the lights. Thief River Falls comes to Bemidji for an 8 p.m. showdown on Friday, May 13, at the high school.

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HIBBING -- The perfect streak is no more for the Bemidji High School boys tennis team.

The Lumberjacks lost their first match of the season on Wednesday, running their record to 16-0 by beating Hibbing 7-0 but then falling 6-1 to Duluth East during a triangular in Hibbing.

Despite the late loss, BHS still came out strong in the opening match.

Against Hibbing, Matthieu Benhamou won 6-2, 6-2 for Bemidji at the top singles spot. Below him on the ladder, Noah Johnson cruised 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, John McNallan triumphed 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3, and Casey Rupp breezed 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4.

In doubles play, Max Harris and Jacob Fuhrman were 6-0, 6-2 winners at No. 1. Aidan Larson and Jack McNallan picked up another team point with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at the second position, and Seth Lindgren and Reed Johnson won 6-2, 6-0 at the third spot.

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BHS faced a tougher fate against the Greyhounds in Wednesday’s finale, however. Duluth East, slotted just outside the top 10 in Class AA rankings, took six wins in straight sets.

Lindgren and Reed Johnson thwarted the shutout, though, winning 6-0, 6-3 at third doubles and earning a team point for the Jacks.

Now 16-1 on the season, BHS will resume its season with a home matchup under the lights. Thief River Falls comes to Bemidji for an 8 p.m. showdown on Friday, May 13, at the high school.

Bemidji 7, Hibbing 0

Singles

No. 1: Benhamou (BHS) def. Anderson, 6-2, 6-2

No. 2: N. Johnson (BHS) def. Hendrickson, 6-0, 6-1

No. 3: Jo. McNallan (BHS) def. Gabardi, 6-4, 6-0

No. 4: Rupp (BHS) def. Hildenbrand, 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1: Harris/Fuhrman (BHS) def. Dickson/Petrick, 6-0, 6-2

No. 2: Larson/Ja. McNallan (BHS) def. Bishenbek/Fisher, 6-1, 6-2

No. 3: Lindgren/R. Johnson (BHS) def. Fosso/Galli, 6-2, 6-0

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Duluth East 6, Bemidji 1

Singles

No. 1: Patten (DE) def. Benhamou, 6-0, 6-0

No. 2: Delaney (DE) def. N. Johnson, 6-3, 6-3

No. 3: Gunderson (DE) def. Jo. McNallan, 6-0, 6-4

No. 4: Moe (DE) def. Rupp, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

Doubles

No. 1: Linderman/McShane (DE) def. Harris/Fuhrman, 6-2, 7-5

No. 2: Amatuzio/Kimber (DE) def. Larson/Ja. McNallan, 6-3, 6-2

No. 3: Lindgren/R. Johnson (BHS) def. Bombardieri, 6-0, 6-3

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