Section tennis: Rangers fall in team final, but 3 on to state

Forest Lake will not be making a return trip to the team state tennis meet, but its top three player will all take part at next week’s individual state meet.

The Rangers beat Hibbing 4-3 in the Section 7AA semifinals on Tuesday, but fell to No. 1 Elk River in a finals match that was closer than the 6-1 score would indicate.

On Wednesday, Forest Lake’s top singles and doubles entry each rolled through the individual section bracket to win titles. Senior Dusty Boyer picked up his fifth consecutive section singles title by beating Princeton’s Isaiah Meyerchak 6-1, 6-1. The three-time-defending state champion will look to make history with an unprecedented fourth state title next week.

The doubles team of ninth-grader Toby Boyer and senior Zack Decker also made it through the bracket unscathed. They beat a duo from Andover 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the semifinals, then topped Michell Brandell and Ryan Ness of Elk River 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the championship. Both Boyer and Decker will be making their second appearance in the individual state tournament.

The individual state tourney begins next Thursday, June 7 and finishes the next day. It takes place at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota.