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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published September 24 2010

Red River tops Fargo South for East Region boys title

GRAND FORKS – The long, rainy day caused the North Dakota East Region boys tennis tournament to last four hours longer than it was supposed to.

It still came to the predictable conclusion late Thursday night.

Grand Forks Red River beat Fargo South 5-0 to win the tournament and earn the No. 1 seed in next week’s state tournament, which will be held in Bismarck. The Bruins, who handed Red River its last loss in 2000, will hold the No. 2 seed.

Because of the rain throughout the day, the tournament was moved to Center Court Fitness Club, delaying the matches. The finals, which were scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m., didn’t get started until 8:30.

But it all went as expected.

The top-seeded Roughriders, led by their exceptional depth, won their 15th straight East Region title. Their victory was highlighted by Erik Johnson’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Parker Lawley at No. 1 singles. Lawley beat Johnson twice earlier this season.

“Both of them are very, very good players,” Red River coach Greg LaDouceur said, “and Erik played very well today.”

Fargo South coach Vic Youngs was pleased with the way things went, especially with Eric Moe at No. 2 singles and Leo O’Day and Seth Hochstatter at No. 1 doubles. In both of those spots, the Bruins pushed matches to three sets.

That gives South some hope heading into next week that it has a shot to win the three matches necessary to upset the heavily favored Riders.

“Absolutely it does,” Youngs said. “There’s always that chance. You never know what’s going to happen. That’s why they play the matches.

“We’ve got some terrific athletes.”

The individual tournament is scheduled to start after the qualifying matches. The East Region singles and doubles finals will be held Saturday.

Team tournament

First round

Grand Forks Red River 5, Fargo Shanley 0

Singles

1. Erik Johnson over Michael Storandt 6-0, 6-0; 2. Joseph Lee over Scott Schwandt 6-0, 6-0; 3. Ryan Hoverson over Jay Hanson 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

1. Joey Anderson-Greg Wischer over Brett Hanson-Michael Gehrtz 6-1, 6-2; 2. Jared Vigen-Andre Caoili over Anders Johnson-Dylan Alderman 6-0, 6-0

Grand Forks Central 3, West Fargo 2

Singles

1. Nick Moe, GFC, over Kyle Roberts 6-3, 6-2; 2. Brady Ballweber, WF, over John Simonson 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4; 3. Brenden Sailer, GFC, over Walker Degerness 6-3, 6-4

Doubles

1. Ben Ballweber-Tom Meyer, WF, over Cory Zimmerman-Jared Sorlien 6-3, 7-5; 2. Andrew Thompson-Cam Olson, GFC, over Kevin Roberts-Jordan Degerness 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Fargo South 5, Wahpeton 0

Singles

1. Parker Lawley over Tim Lukens 6-0, 6-0; 2. Eric Moe over Colby Youngquist 6-0, 6-0; 3. Leo O’Day over Dylan Johnson 6-3, 6-3

Doubles

1. Seth Hochstetter-Logan Tretter over Eric Christensen-Carson Miller 6-4, 6-4; 2. Cale Homuth-David Youngs over Luke Anderson-Austin Alberts 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4

Fargo North 5, Fargo Davies 0

Singles

1. David Russell over Justin Beach 6-4, 6-3; 2. Andy Ficek over Marcus Osman 6-3, 6-1; 3. Cameron Johnson over Josh Stenhjem 6-3, 6-1

Doubles

1. Sawyer Dahl-Collin Boetel over Brandon Nelson-Sidd Gupta 6-3, 6-1; 2. Mike Feickert-Ben Mostad over Sean Thompson-Dane Poppe 6-0, 6-1

Semifinals

Grand Forks Red River 5,

Grand Forks Central 0

Singles

1. Johnson over Sailer 6-1, 6-0; 2. Lee over Thompson 6-0, 6-0; 3. Hoverson over Dallas Chambers 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

1. Anderson-Wischer over Moe-Simonson 6-0, 6-1; 2. Vigen-Caoili over Zimmerman-Sorlien 6-1, 6-1

Fargo South 4, Fargo North 1

Singles

1. Parker Lawley, S, over Andy Ficek 6-0, 6-0; 2. Eric Moe, S, over Cameron Johnson 6-0, 6-0; 3. Leo O’Day, S, over Sawyer Dahl 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

1. Logan Tretter-Collin Boetel, N, over Seth Hochstetter-David Russel, 7-6(2), 6-4; 2. Ari Rajender-Mike Feickert, S, over Abhi Vaidya-Ben Mostad 7-5, 6-3

Loser-out

West Fargo 4, Fargo Shanley 1

Singles

1. Ben Ballweber, WF, over Ander Sawchuck 6-2, 6-2; 2. Dylan Alderman, FS, over Kyle Roberts 6-4, 5-7, 6-3; 3. Brady Ballweber, WF, over Scott Schwandt 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

1. Kevin Roberts-Tom Meyer, WF, over Brett Hansen-Michael Gehrtz 6-2, 6-2; 2. Jordan Degerness-Walker Degerness, WF, over Michael Storandt-Brandon Schott 6-0, 6-2

Fargo Davies 3, Wahpeton 2

Singles

1. Justin Beach, FD, over Tim Lukens 6-0, 6-0; 2. Marcus Osman, FD, over Colby Youngquist 6-0, 3-6, 6-2; 3. Dylan Johnson, W, over Siddarth Gupta 6-2, 6-3

Doubles

1. Carson Miller-Eric Christensen, W, over Josh Stenhjem-Brandon Nelson 6-1, 6-1; 2. Dane Poppe-Sean Thompson, FD, over Luke Anderson-Austin Alberts 6-2, 6-4

Championship

Grand Forks Red River 5, Fargo South 0

Singles

1. Erik Johnson over Parker Lawley 6-2, 6-2; 2. Joseph Lee over Eric Moe 6-4, 4-6, 6-0; 3. Ryan Hoverson over Ari Rajender 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

1. Joey Anderson-Greg Wischer over Leo O’Day-Seth Hochstetter 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; 2. Jared Vigen-Andre Caoili over Logan Tretter-Abhi Vaidya 6-1, 6-2

Today’s matches

State qualifiers

Central vs. Davies, North vs. West Fargo, 7 a.m., Center Court

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Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald