Boyer records lone win for FL
The Forest Lake tennis boys opened their season against Centennial on Monday with a tough loss to the Cougars, 6-1.
Sophomore Toby Boyer was the lone victor for Forest Lake in the No. 1 singles spot, defeating senior Burke Anderson in two sets, 6-1, 6-4.
“Toby proved that, even in the cold and not having played much tennis due to basketball, that he is one of the better players in the state,” Forest Lake head coach Greg Patchin said. “It was a very high-quality match for so early in the season.”
Senior Austin Morris lost at No. 2 singles while underclassmen Hunter Shortly and Adam Burke lost close battles at the three and four spots.
Senior Austin Riedeman and junior Sam Hamilton teamed up for No. 1 doubles, but fell to a tough senior duo, Aaron Quack and Keven Fox.
Senior Eben Matti and ninth-grader Ben Bostrom lost at No. 2 doubles while ninth-graders Ben Bowes and Ross Schultz put up a good fight at No. 3 doubles, falling 4-6, 5-7 to two Centennial seniors.
Patchin said he was impressed that many of the younger players on the Ranger squad were in position to get the win, but said they just couldn’t close the deal.
“Considering the weather and the team’s general lack of match play, it was a good match against a pretty solid team,” Patchin said. “A few thousand practice balls hit and warmer weather will make us a better team.”