Alexandria wins outright CLC title for first time in 14 years

A loss to Brainerd would have put the Cardinals in a tie for the CLC championship with both the Warriors and St. Cloud Tech, but Alexandria took care of business with a second win this season over Brainerd.

Alexandria's Owen Gilbertson puts away a return against St. Cloud Apollo on April 30, 2021. Gilbertson was part of a couple of big wins on May 18, including a fourth singles win that helped secure a 4-3 team victory over Thief River Falls. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria tennis team won two tight matches to finish off the regular season at 18-2 and 11-1 in the Central Lakes Conference on Tuesday.

The Cardinals beat Brainerd in a 5-2 final around taking a 4-3 match against Thief River Falls.

“Our guys got better as the day went along,” Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. “We feel we ended the regular season on a high note, and the tough competition will pay dividends in the playoffs. The hard work these guys have put in made for a very successful regular season. Now we hope to carry that over for our run in the playoffs.”

The win over Brainerd secured the CLC title outright for Alexandria. It’s the program’s first conference championship in 14 seasons.

Jacob Partington, Landon Schabel and Aaron Jost won in the singles lineup, and Pieter Mulder and Owen Gilbertson and Tyler Jabas and Brennan Parker won in doubles.


Thief River Falls is ranked in the top 10 of the Class A polls. The Cardinals got a win from Gilbertson at fourth singles, and won the match behind a sweep in the doubles lineup. Mulder and Andrew Wegner took the first spot in straight sets. Dylan Nelson and Jabas won at second doubles, and Parker and Brennen Lattimer won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3.


SINGLES - No. 1 - Jacob Partington (A) def. Matthew Moraghan, 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 - Karlton Anderson (B) def. Gannon Lueck, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4; No. 3 - Landon Schabel (A) def. Noah Madson, 6-3, 6-4; No. 4 - Aaron Jost (A) def. Ben Boberg in three sets

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Pieter Mulder/Owen Gilbertson (A) def. Beck Barber/RJ Campbell, 6-4, 7-5; No. 2 - Eli McConkey/Clark Haglin (B) def. Andrew Wegner/Dylan Nelson, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5); No. 3 - Tyler Jabas/Brennan Parker (A) def. Will Aadland/Jalen Emslander, 6-2, 6-3


SINGLES - No. 1 - Camden Broadwell (TRF) def. Partington, 7-5, 7-6 (5); No. 2 - Jack Onkka (TRF) def. Lueck, 6-0, 6-4; No. 3 - Dylan Hahn (TRF) def. Jost, 6-4, 6-0; No. 4 - Gilbertson (A) def. Reece Janisch, 6-2, 6-4

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Mulder/Wegner (A) def. Ethan Lunsetter/Isaiah Villarreal, 7-5, 6-2; No. 2 - Nelson/Jabas (A) def. Rhett Janisch/Jett Cornelius; No. 3 - Parker/Brennen Lattimer (A) def. JJ Cornelius/Geran Gonsorowski, 6-0, 6-2

New London-Spicer downs Osakis

New London-Spicer won a 6-1 match against Osakis (2-9) on Tuesday.


Isaac Maddock got the Silverstreaks’ lone win in a 6-2, 6-0 final at first singles.


SINGLES - No. 1 - Isaac Maddock (O) def. Diego Rojas, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 - Logan Larson (NLS) def. Logan Grove, 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 - Jack Barney (NLS) def. Jacob Taplin, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 - NLS won by forfeit

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Kenny Schmiesing/Kyle Denz (NLS) def. Connor Gulbranson/Marcus Wolf, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 - Jack Noeldner/Dylan Mueller (NLS) def. Jacob Uhl/Bryce Moen, 7-5, 6-2; No. 3 - Ethan Spors/Josh Soto (NLS) def. Micah Moore/Tyler Stier, 7-5, 6-1

Thief River Falls edges Minnewaska

Thief River Falls played Minnewaska, a Section 8A opponent, and won a 5-2 match against the Lakers in addition to playing Alexandria on Tuesday.

Minnewaska’s wins came from Tate Reichmann at first singles and Damon Uhde and Nik VanDyke at first doubles. Reichmann won in two close sets, while Uhde and VanDyke won a third-set tiebreaker 10-5.


SINGLES - No. 1 - Tate Reichmann (M) def. Camden Broadwell, 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 - Jack Onkka (TRF) def. Gannon Walsh, 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 - Dylan Hahn (TRF) def. Ethan Quelle, 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 - Reece Janisch (TRF) def. Tenzin Dahl, 6-0, 6-0


DOUBLES - No. 1 - Damon Uhde/Nik VanDyke (M) def. Ethan Lunsetter/Isaiah Villarreal, 6-4, 3-6, 10-5; No. 2 - Rhett Janisch/Jett Cornelius (TRF) def. Logan Maanum/Aiden Maanum, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 - JJ Cornelius/Spencer Hempel (TRF) def. Connor Quelle/Noah Palmer, 6-1, 6-3

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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