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Tennis: Minnewaska boys finish sixth at Class A Team Tournament

Litchfield wins a pair of three set matches to defeat Minnewaska in the fifth place match at the MSHSL Class A State Team Tournament.

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Minnewaska/BBE junior Noah Palmer and senior Alec Larson celebrate their doubles match victory against Rock Ridge in the Minnesota Class A state tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Minneapolis.
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MINNEAPOLIS- The Minnewaska boys tennis team finished off its stellar season against Litchfield in a fifth place match at the MSHSL Class A State Tournament on Wednesday that Litchfield won 4-3.

The Lakers had a win at No. 1 singles from Tate Reichmann (6-3, 6-4) over Alex Draeger. The Lakers' other two wins came at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

Seniors Damon Uhde and Nik VanDyke earned a three set victory over Braden Olson and Tyler Pennertz (3-6, 7-5, 10-5) at No. 1 doubles.

The duo of freshman Tenzin Dahl/sophomore Connor Quelle earned a straight-set victory over Litchfield seniors Brady Cannon and Eli Schacherer (6-1, 6-4).

Minnewaska’s Noah Palmer, a junior, and Alec Larson, a senior, won the first set in their match against junior Gray Nelson and 8th-grader Josh Blomberg at No. 3 doubles. But things shifted in Nelson and Blomberg’s favor as they won set two 7-5 and set three 10-8 to win the match.

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The Lakers lost 4-3 to Rock Ridge (Virginia, MN) to begin the tournament but bounced back to beat Luverne (6-1) to get to the fifth place match.

Reichmann will take part in the individual state tournament, beginning on Thursday with a match against the No. 3 seed Kai Sih of St. Paul Academy - Summit.

Class A Fifth Place Match - Litchfield 4, Minnewaska 3

SINGLES - No. 1 Tate Reichmann (Minnewaska) def. Alex Draeger (Litchfield) 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 Mason Woelfel (Litchfield) def. Gannon Walsh (Minnewaska) 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 Garrison Jackman (Litchfield) def. Ethan Quelle (Minnewaska) 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 Nathan Wuotila (Litchfield) def. Konner Hanson (Minnewaska) 6-1, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 Braden Olson/Tyler Pennertz (Litchfield) def. Damon Uhde/Nik VanDyke (Minnewaska) 3-6, 7-5, 10-5; No. 2 Brady Cannon/Eli Schacherer def. Connor Quelle/Tenzin Dahl (Minnewaska) 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Gray Nelson/Josh Blomberg (Litchfield) def. Noah Palmer/Alec Larson (Minnewaska) 3-6, 7-5, 10-8

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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