Tara Reichmann, the Minnewaska-Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys tennis coach, is ready to see her team have an enjoyable spring after the absence of the 2020 season.

“It’s hard to predict but I think the boys are very excited to be able to be outside playing tennis this spring,” she said heading into the Lakers’ first match on April 6. “We should be fairly competitive in our conference. Hopefully have a fun season and improve as we go.”

The Lakers dominated their season opener in a 7-0 win over MACCRAY. Each match was won in straight sets as Tate Reichmann, Damon Uhde, Gannon Walsh and Konner Hanson did not drop a game in singles. Ethan Quelle and Logan Maanum won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles. Aiden Maanum and Connor Quelle won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles, and Noah Palmer and Koultan Anderson won by forfeit in the third spot.

Reichmann, Uhde, Ethan Quelle, Nik Vandyke, Hanson, Logan Maanum, Connor Quelle, Anderson and Walsh all bring back some prior varsity experience. Reichmann, a junior, is the Section 8A singles champion from the 2019 season who can help anchor the lineup.

“We do have some returning letter winners from a couple years ago but will also be fairly young at some positions,” Reichmann said.

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The Lakers hope to be playing their best tennis by season’s end during tournament time, where coach Reichmann expects Thief River Falls, the 2019 Section 8A champion, to be front runners again during the postseason.

2021 MINNEWASKA BOYS TENNIS

ROSTER - Tate Reichmann, Damon Uhde, Ethan Quelle, Nik Vandyke, Konner Hanson, Logan Maanum, Connor Quelle, Koulten Anderson, Gannon Walsh, Aiden Maanum, Riley Thorfinnson, Noah Palmer, Tensing Dahl, Tate Hanson, Ike Spychalla, Tayte Wasioski, Ian Gambling, Hudson Beckwith

COACHES - Head coach - Tara Reichmann - 16-year coach for boys, 21-year coach for girls, 412-228 combined record; Assistant coaches - Chad Quelle, Hunter Salathe

MINNEWASKA BOYS TENNIS SCHEDULE

April 6 vs. MACCRAY, 4:30 p.m.

April 13 at Lac Qui Parle Valley, 4:30 p.m.

April 15 at Alexandria tri, 2:30 p.m

April 20 vs. Benson, 4:30 p.m.

April 26 at New London-Spicer meet, 3:30 p.m.

April 27 vs. Yellow Medicine East, 4:30 p.m.

May 1 at Moorhead tri, TBD

May 4 at Montevideo, 4:30 p.m.

May 11 at Osakis, 4:30 p.m.

May 13 at Detroit Lakes, 4:30 p.m.

May 14 Home meet, 3 p.m.

May 15 Conference meet, 9 a.m. (Minnewaska Area High School)

May 18 vs. Thief River Falls, 4 p.m.

May 20 Home meet, 3:30 p.m.