Tennis boys secure winning record

FL picks up pair of 4-3 wins, then pushes Roseville in defeat

Senior Zack Decker serves against Cretin-Derham Hall on his way to another straight-set win. (Photo by Clint Riese)

The Forest Lake boys’ tennis team secured a regular-season winning record by prevailing in two out of three 4-3 matches last week. The Rangers beat Chisago Lakes on Wednesday and Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday before falling in Roseville on Friday.

The Rangers finish the Suburban East Conference slate with a record of 5-4. Friday’s final match was close despite all seven positions finishing in straight sets. Forest Lake’s No. 1 doubles team of Ryan Renard and Zak Buckley lost a first-set tiebreaker, while Austin Riedeman and Hunter Shortly lost a second-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles.

The Raiders’ picked up their other wins over Nate Riedeman at No. 4 singles and over Austin Morris and Sam Hamilton at No. 3 doubles. Roseville improved to 15-1 on the season.

For Forest Lake, Dusty Boyer won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Toby Boyer won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 and Zack Decker won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3.

“We had every chance to get the ‘W’ at one and two doubles, but lost close tiebreakers,” said coach Greg Patchin. “I think that is the difference between good teams and ours: closing and winning close sets.”

The match was rained out on its original date last Tuesday.

Forest Lake was scheduled to close the regular season at Andover this Wednesday. Patchin said a win should secure the second seed in the south sub-section but he expected to be shorthanded due to AP testing.

Rangers 4, Raiders 3

Forest Lake picked up its fifth conference win against Cretin-Derham Hall last Thursday. The Raiders swept the doubles matches despite a 6-2 first-set win by Morris and Austin Riedeman at No. 2.

Both Boyers improved to 16-0 with 6-0, 6-0 wins. Decker went to 15-1 with a 6-0, 6-3 victory, while Nate Riedeman earned the key fourth point by a score of 6-2, 6-4. Riedeman played his second match of the year at that position after coming back from an injury.

“The last two matches Nate Riedeman has played well enough to win the fourth singles point and as he gets into more match shape, he should be tougher,” said Patchin.

Rangers 4, Wildcats 3

Section opponent Chisago Lakes had no answer for the Rangers’ singles lineup last Wednesday. The Wildcats combined to take only four games in those four matches.

Renard and Shortly won the first set at No. 2 doubles, and each of the other duos played a pair of close sets.