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Hastings loses pair of 4-3 tennis matches

The good news from the season-opening tennis match last Wednesday against Rosemount was that Hastings swept the three doubles positions.

The bad news was that the Raiders were swept in the four singles positions.

That obviously meant a 4-3 defeat for the Raiders.

In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Alex Zuzek and Danny Steiner teamed up for a 6-1, 6-2 win.

Ben Klimek and Carson Whyle cruised at second doubles, 6-1, 6-1.

At third doubles, Alex Rudh and Killian Konrady won handily, 6-1, 6-2.

Even the exhibition doubles team of Joe Zak and Brandon Kurilla won, 6-1, 6-1.

The singles players, though, had a tougher go of it. Most are in new positions this season, and this was a new challenge for most.

Austin Houska lost at first singles, 6-2, 6-3.

Craig Nielsen fell at second singles, 6-1, 6-2.

Steven Roach had a close match at third singles, falling 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

Brad Risch lost at fourth singles, 6-3, 6-3.

Vs Woodbury

Hastings lost another close one to Woodbury on Thursday, 4-3.

Houska lost at first singles, 6-4, 6-2.

Nielsen lost at second singles, 6-4, 6-2.

Roach won at third singles, 6-2, 6-0.

Robby Troje fell at fourth singles, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

Zuzek and Steiner won 6-1, 6-3 at first doubles.

Klimek and Whyle won again, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0.

Konrady and Rudh lost at third doubles, 6-1, 6-0.


Hastings plays at an invitational in Owatonna on Saturday, and then plays at Northfield on Monday before returning home Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. match against Roseville.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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