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Boys Tennis: Tech powers past Warriors

Few teams can stay with Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-2A powerhouse St. Cloud Tech so the Brainerd Warriors shouldn't take Friday's 7-0 loss to the Tigers personally.

Brainerd’s Cole Kalenberg returns the ball Friday during a doubles match against St. Cloud Tech. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)
Brainerd’s Cole Kalenberg returns the ball Friday during a doubles match against St. Cloud Tech. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)

Few teams can stay with Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-2A powerhouse St. Cloud Tech so the Brainerd Warriors shouldn't take Friday's 7-0 loss to the Tigers personally.

Tech won all but five games in singles but the Warriors put up a fight in doubles. Garrett Goeden-Happy Rivard won their first set 6-1 at No. 3 doubles before Tech's Scott Kippley-Luke Heller rallied to prevail 6-2, 6-3. The Warriors' Travis Goeden-Cole Kalenberg won nine games at No. 2 doubles and the No. 1 tandem of Jordan Kleist-Joe Anderholm won three.

The Tigers finished 11-0 in the CLC, 15-4 overall. Tech, which had also beaten Brainerd 7-0 May 1, has won the last six CLC titles and three straight Section 8-2A titles

Friday's loss snapped Brainerd's 6-meet win streak. The Warriors finished the regular season 7-4 in the CLC, 11-6 overall.

"We've had a good season," Warriors coach Bruce Thompson said. "We have some inexperienced players that gained some experience. We played some good points today. We just aren't strong enough and have the experience to compete with a team like this but we were in it.

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"In doubles, we played a lot of good points. Our singles at No. 1 and 2 played a lot of good points. They overpowered us maybe in No. 3 and 4 singles but we've improved, we've gotten better.

"I have to hand it to our kids. We played Alexandria (May 8), three matches on Saturday (May 9), we played Monday and Tuesday ... we've had a run of a lot of matches and they're willing to compete. I really appreciate the fact they come to compete every match."

Due to yet another unpredictable spring, the Warriors were forced to postpone, reschedule or cancel six meets.

"There have been a lot of changes, a lot of rain, but they've been flexible. Our guys have been really patient with a lot of changes and things," Thompson said. "It's not easy. This spring wasn't any better than last spring in a number of ways. You've just got to endure.

"I credit our kids for hanging in there. They don't give up. They love to compete. They love to play. That's the name of the game.

Brainerd is scheduled to open the North Subsection 8-2A team tournament Tuesday at Alexandria. The individual tournament is Thursday, also at Alexandria, which opened a new high school last fall.

"They have 12 courts at the high school, eight at (Discovery Middle School)," Thompson said. "Teams want to play on two 8-court systems. That's why it's a benefit to us to have Forestview (Middle School in Baxter) with eight courts and eight courts here. We've got great facilities. Still for a lot of people this is where they like to play is in Brainerd."

St. Cloud Tech 7, Brainerd 0

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Singles

No. 1: Riley Peterson (SC) def. Tanner Lundberg 6-1, 6-2

No. 2: Luke Conboy (SC) def. Patrick Meyer 6-0, 6-0

No. 3: Sam Nelson (SC) def. Eric Stout 6-1, 6-1

No. 4: Nate Jordre (SC) def. Brady Mick 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

No. 1: Jessie Amdahl-Landon Ridpath (SC) def. Jordan Kleist-Joe Anderholm 6-3, 6-0

No. 2: Nick Portz-Kevin Heller (SC) def. Travis Goeden-Cole Kalenberg 7-5, 6-4

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No. 3: Scott Kippley-Luke Heller (SC) def. Garrett Goeden-Happy Rivard 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Conference: B 7-4. Overall: B 11-6. Next: Brainerd in North Subsection 8-2A team tournament at Alexandria Tuesday.

Brainerd junior varsity

Singles winners: Jake Hodge, Greg Ortmeier, Matt Hintz, Cam Cooper, Kobe Malone

Doubles winners: Tanner Clink-Cam Cooper, Nick Stout-Thomas Annakala, Matt Hintz-Matt Greatens, Brandon Vroman-Dylan McLain, Devin Ahmann-Travis Schultz

MIKE BIALKA may be reached at mike.bialka@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5861. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bertsballpark .

Brainerd’s Joe Anderholm, playing doubles, returns the ball Friday against St. Cloud Tech. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)
Brainerd’s Joe Anderholm, playing doubles, returns the ball Friday against St. Cloud Tech. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)

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