Roundup: Alexandria seniors recognized against Willmar, while Minnewaska wins WCC title

Alexandria's 12 seniors lead the Cardinals to an easy win over Willmar on Senior Night, but another top team out of Section 8AA in Becker wins a 5-2 final.

Alexandria's Gannon Lueck, shown here against St. Cloud Apollo on April 30, 2021, is one of 12 seniors for the Cardinals to have been part of another big season on the courts for this program. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria tennis team hosted its Senior Night on Friday where the Cardinals leaned on those seniors to beat Willmar in a 7-0 final.

Jacob Partington, Gannon Lueck, Aaron Jost, Andrew Wegner, Tyler Jabas, Dylan Nelson, Jacob Tiegen, Colton Schabel, Landon Schabel, Garrett Moore, Brennan Parker and Logan Hegg are the 12 seniors on this team.

Partington, Nelson, Tiegen and Hegg won in straight sets in the singles lineup. Parker and Jabas did the same at first doubles, while Landon and Colton Schabel won at second doubles, and Wegner and Moore took the third doubles spot.

“These seniors have contributed greatly to our program and they will be sorely missed,” Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. “Even after a missed season last year they have kept our group together and focused on staying together and have accomplished great things this season. Not only have they been good on the courts, but their leadership in matches and practice has been second to none. We coaches are very proud of this group and what they have meant to the younger guys coming up, and the impact they will have had for years to come.”

The win over Willmar was part of a triangular that also included playing the top seed from the South half of the Section 8AA field in Becker. Alexandria, which plays in the North half of 8AA, got wins from Partington at first singles and Pieter Mulder and Owen Gilbertson at first doubles, but the Bulldogs won the close matches they needed around that to take a 5-2 final.


“It was good to play a really solid team like Becker,” Ronning said. “We haven't had many really challenging matches this season, and we feel the Bulldogs made us a better team with this match. Our goal was to compete hard and learn as much as we could so it will pay off down the road in the section tournament in case we see them again.”


SINGLES - No. 1 - Jacob Partington (A) def. David Thaden, 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 - Dylan Nelson (A) def. Joshua Jensen, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 - Jacob Tiegen (A) def. Gabe LaRue, 6-2, 6-0; No. 4 - Logan Heggn (A) def. Aaron Marthaler, 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Brennan Parker/Tyler Jabas (A) def. Jorge Zelaya-Velasquez/Andrew Ziebarth, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 - Landon Schabel/Colton Schabel (A) def. Mateo Engan/Jonathan Kelpe, 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 - Andrew Wegner/Garrett Moore (A) def. Isaac Zelaya-Velaszuez/Daunte Castellano, 6-4, 6-0


SINGLES - No. 1 - Partington (A) def. Zach Bengtson, 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 - Ryan Bengtson (B) def. Gannon Lueck, 7-6 (6), 6-1; No. 3 - Luke Bordson (B) def. Jost, 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 - Troy Nuest (B) def. Brennen Lattimer, 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Pieter Mulder/Owen Gilbertson (A) def. Eli Scheideman/Landon Peterson, 5-7, 6-2, 10-8; No. 2 - Wyatt Hiltner/Sawyer Brown (B) def. Dylan Nelson/Andrew Wegner, 7-5, 7-5; No. 3 - Bruce Kraemer/Nick Gruber (B) def. Brennan Parker/Tyler Jabas, 5-7, 6-2, 12-10

Minnewaska wins WCC title

Minnewaska rolled to a West Central Conference championship on May 15 by beating Yellow Medicine East 7-0 in the tournament semifinals and Benson 6-1 in the championship.


Tate Reichmann, Gannon Walsh, Ethan Quelle and Tenzin Dahl swept the singles lineup in straight sets against Benson. Nik VanDyke and Damon Uhde teamed up to win 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles in the title match, while Conner Quelle and Aiden Maanum won in straight sets at third doubles. Logan Maanum and Konner Hanson lost a tight three-setter at second doubles.

Reichmann, Walsh, Ethan Quelle and Dahl added another sweep of the singles lineup in the semifinals against YME.

VanDyke and Uhde won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles. Logan and Aiden Maanum teamed up to win 6-3, 5-7, (10-8) at second doubles, and C. Quelle and Noah Palmer won 6-0, 6-2 at third doubles.

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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