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Alexandria duos advance to Section 8AA doubles

Alexandria doubles advance while singles fall in the subsection tournament.

Gannon Lueck returns a shot in the No. 2 singles match during Alexandria's 6-1 Section 8AA quarterfinal win over Detroit Lakes on May 26, 2021. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)
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Seniors Gannon Lueck and Jacob Partington haven’t played a doubles match together all season, but they did enough on May 28 to move on to the second stage of the individual doubles section tournament.

The Section 8AA-North’s top-seeded doubles team beat Bemidji’s John McNallan and Casey Rupp 6-4, 7-5 before taking down teammates Pieter Mulder and Andrew Wegner. Lueck and Partington earned the top seed at the Section 8AA tournament next Thursday with a 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2 win over Michael Dickinson and Logan Jenson of Bemidji to win the subsection championship.

Wegner and Mulder advanced to the section tournament as the fourth-seed despite a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Brainerd’s Beck Barber and RJ Campbell. Wegner and Mulder got a first-round bye and then beat their opponent from Detroit Lakes in a 6-1, 7-5 final in the second round.

Owen Gilbertson fell to Brainerd’s Karlton Anderson in straight sets in his opening match of the singles tournament while Landon Schabel advanced with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Sebastian Lau. Schabel fell to Moorhead’s Ives Hilgers 6-2, 6-0 in his second-round match.

SINGLES- Karlton Anderson (Brd) def. Owen Gilbertson 6-3, 6-4; Landon Schabel (Alex) def. Sebastian Lau (Sart) 6-0, 6-2; Ives Hilgers (Mhd) def. Schabel 6-2, 6-0; DOUBLES- 2nd Round- Pieter Mulder-Andrew Wegner (Alex) def. Gavin Smith-Connor Zamzo (DL) 6-1, 7-5; Jacob Partington-Gannon Lueck (Alex) def. John McNallan-Casey Rupp (Bem) 6-4, 7-5; 3rd Round- Jacob Partington-Gannon Lueck (Alex) def. Pieter Mulder-Andrew Wegner 6-0, 6-3; 4th Round- Beck Barber-RJ Campbell (Brd) def. Pieter Mulder & Andrew Wegner (Alex) 6-2, 6-2; Jacob Partington-Gannon Lueck (Alex) def Michael Dickinson-Logan Jensen (Bem) 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2


Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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