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Heath Hotzler, Published September 25 2008

Bruins seeing Red

Fargo South boys tennis coach Vic Youngs said his team has been looking forward to today’s Eastern Dakota Conference meet for years.

Why?

The Bruins have their best chance in years to knock off powerful Grand Forks Red River.

The Roughriders have earned the championship each year since 2001. South was the last team to beat Red River for the EDC title in 2000.

“Red River has got an outstanding group of kids,” Youngs said. “They are fun to compete against and extremely good competitors. (To win) would be the culmination of a lot of hard work.”

If South’s last dual meet against Red River is any indication, a matchup at the EDC meet could be a close battle.

During the last week of the regular season, the Roughriders defeated South 6-3.

However, the format moves to five matches (three singles, two doubles) for the postseason.

“Teams match up differently now,” Youngs said. “In the West Fargo tournament, our No. 1 and No. 2 guys were successful against Red River. We think that gives us an advantage.”

Sophomore Parker Lawley has been South’s top singles player since he was a seventh-grader.

Senior Ryan McGuigan is the Bruins’ No. 2 singles player.

Lawley and McGuigan each earned wins in the team’s loss at Red River.

The matchup would likely be won at No. 3 singles and in both doubles matches.

Youngs said Justin Beach, Eric Moe or Chad Ingulsrud will play No. 3.

The doubles matches could split South’s top team of Adam Gustad and Luke Brodeur.

Moe, Beach, Ingulsrud, Evan Bong and Erik Diederich could be in the mix for doubles competition, Youngs said.

“The guys have been playing together for such a long time, they are really interchangeable,” Youngs said. “… It’s a nice luxury to have.”

Red River has won 114 consecutive dual meets. The Roughriders have a 55-0 match record.

“We have a week-and-a-half left,” Youngs said. “The way we look at it, we hope to see Red River two more times. Win or lose today, our eyes are still doing well at state.”

Odds and ends

Lisbon senior Veronica Munkeby last week became the first player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills. A 6-foot senior, Munkeby has verbally committed to the University of North Dakota. … Wahpeton running back Ryan Smith is running away with the Eastern Dakota Conference rushing title this season. Smith has 1,007 yards through four games. Grand Forks Central’s Jeremy Zahradka is second with 382. Smith also has 12 touchdowns.

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