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Raiders use wins at doubles to beat Ponies

Ben Carlson returns a ball during his match at No. 1 singles on Tuesday afternoon at Hastings High School. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)1 / 3
Jalen Sneddeker is pictured while playing doubles for Hastings against Forest Lake. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)2 / 3
Steve Roach goes to the backhand to return a ball while playing singles for Hastings on Tuesday afternoon against Forest Lake. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)3 / 3

A sweep at the three doubles positions paved the way for the Hastings boys tennis team to a win over Stillwater on Thursday, April 26, 5-2.

Close matches were all over the court, and Hastings won all the close ones.

At first singles, Ben Carlson won 6-4, 6-2.

At fourth singles, Zach Mellick won 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

In doubles, Ty Mellick and Cody Arndtson won 6-3, 6-1.

The No. 2 doubles team of Craig Nielsen and Austin Houska won 6-4, 6-1.

The third doubles team of Jalen Sneddeker and Ben Klimek eked out a 6-4, 6-4 win.

Steve Roach fell at second singles for Hastings.

Alex Zuzek lost at third singles.

Vs. Roseville

Hastings lost a close one to Roseville on Wednesday, April 25, 4-3.

Carlson was the lone winner in singles play, cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 win.

Sneddeker, Zuzek and Mellick each lost.

In doubles, two wins were picked up, including one by the top team of Arndtson and Ty Mellick in a marathon of a match. They won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.

The No. 2 team of Nielsen and Houska won 6-0, 6-3.

Meanwhile, Klimek and Roach fell at third doubles in a close one, 6-4, 6-3.

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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