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Raiders edge White Bear Lake, 4-3

Craig Nielsen reaches for a ball while playing No. 1 doubles for Hastings on Monday afternoon. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)1 / 3
Austin Houska goes to the backhand to return a ball during his match at No. 1 doubles for Hastings on Monday. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)2 / 3
Cody Arndtson is the top singles player for the Hastings boys tennis team. He's pictured in action on Monday against Mounds View. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)3 / 3

The Hastings boys tennis team earned a big win last week over White Bear Lake, 4-3.

Two of the matches went to three sets, and Hastings won both of them, turning what could have been a 5-2 loss into a 4-3 win.

One of the three-set matches came at No. 4 singles, where HHS sophomore Robby Troje won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

The second came at No. 2 doubles, where junior Alex Zuzek and sophomore Craig Nielsen won 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Also winning for Hastings was Cody Arndtson (who won at first singles, 6-4, 6-4) and the No. 1 doubles team of Austin Houska and Danny Steiner (7-6, 6-3).

Steve Roach and Ben Klimek also played singles for Hastings. The third doubles team was made up of Carson Whyle and Skylar Rawling.

Hastings now has a record of 7-10 on the season, including a 4-5 mark in Suburban East Conference play.

Vs Red Wing

Hastings lost to Red Wing on May 8, 4-2, in a match that was shortened due to rain.

Winning for Hastings was Steiner, who played at fourth singles, 7-5, 6-0; and the No. 3 doubles team of Roach and Ben Kimmes (6-3, 6-3).

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost to East Ridge last week, 5-2.

Earning wins for Hastings were Arndtson and the No. 3 doubles team of Whyle and Klimek.

Arndtson, playing at first singles, won 6-3, 6-4.

Whyle and Klimek won 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Vs Cretin

Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall on May 11, 6-1.

The lone Hastings win came at second doubles, when Roach and Zuzek teamed up to win 7-6, 6-2.

Arndtson's match at first singles went to three sets. He lost 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.

The first and third doubles matches also went to three sets. Houska and Nielsen lost 6-7, 6-0, 6-3.

The third teams of Klimek and Whyle lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Vs Mounds View

Hastings lost to a very good team from Mounds View on Monday, 7-0.

Arndtson lost a close one, 4-6, 7-6.

Simon Schult, playing at second singles, lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Houska and Nielsen lost a close one at first doubles, 5-7, 4-6.

Klimek and Whyle had a close one, too, falling 6-2, 7-5, 3-10.

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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