Boyer, doubles team reach state semifinals

Two wins stand between Forest Lake senior Dusty Boyer and an unprecendented fourth state tennis championship. Boyer won two matches on Thursday to reach the semifinals.  He survived a scare in the first round. Boyer trailed Hopkins sophomore Manfred Barrios in both sets but rallied for a 7-5, 6-4 win in a nearly two-hour match. He then rolled past Eagan sophomore Zach Ekstein 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Next up is a semifinal at 8 a.m. Friday morning against senior Thomas Nath of Rochester Mayo. The championship and third-places matches are slated for 11:30 a.m.

The Rangers are also in the hunt for the doubles title. Senior Zach Decker and ninth-grader Toby Boyer won a pair of three-set battles to move into the round of four. They first got past the Mahtomedi duo of Kishore Damodaran and Ty Young by a score of 6-4, 1-6, 6- 3. In the quarterfinals, Decker and Boyer beat Rochester Mayo’s Michael Poeschla and Nicholas Ackerman 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.  At 8 a.m. on Friday, they face Matthew McNutt and Tim Larson of Bloomington Jefferson in the semifinals.

The tournament is held at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.