FL tennis ends season, falls to Chisago Lakes

Ninth-grader Hunter Shortly serves the ball during a home match earlier this season. Photo by Kat Ladwig

Ninth-grader Hunter Shortly serves the ball during a home match earlier this season. Photo by Kat Ladwig

 

The Forest Lake boys tennis team won its subsection 7AA match, 5-0, over St. Francis last Tuesday, but ended its season three days later with a section loss to Chisago Lakes, falling 5-2. In the win over the Fighting Saints, sophomore Toby Boyer set the pace with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, while ninth-grader Ross Shultz recorded a win at No. 4 singles with a final score of 6-4, 6-0.

Senior Austin Riedeman and ninth-grader Hunter Shortly came out strong at No. 1 doubles with a 6-4, 6-1 win. Ninth-graders Sam Bostrom and Noah Alm cruised past the competition at No. 2 doubles, winning 6-1, 6-2, while ninth-grader Ben Bowes and eighth-grader Adam Burk recorded a victory, 6-2, 6-2.

Senior Austin Morris (No. 2 singles) and Sam Hamilton (No. 3 singles) didn’t finish their matches as the Rangers had already clinched the win.

In the section quarterfinals against Chisago Lakes on Friday, Boyer earned another win, 6-1, 6-0,  while Riedeman and Shortly fought to a third set for the win at No. 1 doubles.

They won 6-4, 3-6, (10-5). Bowes and Burk gave it their all at No. 3 singles but came up just short in a tiebreaker.

Head coach Greg Patchin said that although the gameplan to sweep double didn’t work out, the Rangers never let up.

“I was very proud of our guys in the team play downs,” Patchin said. “Each kid played his best tennis of the year, and we lost to a determined and skilled Chisago team.”

Forest Lake closed its season at 3-13.

The lone Ranger advancing in the section is Boyer, who is 20-0 and ranked fourth in the state. The singles star played David Schneider of Duluth East on Tuesday.

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