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.