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Tennis: Raiders get big win over Royals

Ben Carlson goes to the backhand to return a ball during Tuesday's match at Hastings High School.

Hastings improved to a perfect 4-0 in Suburban East Conference boys tennis action with a close 4-3 win over Woodbury April 23.

Hastings won all three doubles matches, including two three-set victories.

Big wins came from the No. 1 team of Adam Ernst and Josh Houska, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The No. 3 team also won in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Lars Schauerhammer and Elliot Siebenaler made up the third team.

The No. 2 doubles team of Brett Peterson and Jake Langeslay also had a big win. They cruised in the first set, 6-0, before getting a narrow win in the second set, 6-4.

Hastings also got a win at second singles from Non Wiwatwongthorn, 6-1, 6-2.

Mike Lund, Ben Carlson and Matt Lund lost their singles match.

"Winning is contagious," HHS coach Mick Willette said. "It's a habit. It starts with keeping the ball in with spin and making that a habit."

Vs Winona

At first glance, Hastings' loss to Winona last week looks lopsided. It was 1-6, after all.

But two matches went to three sets, and close matches were found all over the score sheet.

At first singles, Mike Lund won, 6-2, 6-3.

At second singles, Wiwatwongthorn lost 6-7, 3-6. At third singles, Carlson lost 2-6, 6-7. Chase Kasel fell at fourth singles, 2-6, 0-6.

In doubles play, Ernst and Houska lost a tough one, 4-6, 4-6.

Peterson and Langeslay lost at second doubles, 6-4, 0-6, 6-7.

The third doubles team of Matt Lund and Siebenaler lost 2-6, 6-4, 4-6.

Even the exhibition match was close, as the team of Schauerhammer and Charlie Carpenter won 7-5, 6-4.


Hastings beat White Bear Lake April 21, 6-1.

Mike Lund, Wiwatwongthorn and Ben Carlson won at singles.

All three doubles teams won, too.

Ernst and Houska won 6-2, 6-3; Peterson and Langeslay won 6-1, 6-4; and Schauerhammer and Siebenaler teamed up to win 6-4, 6-4.

Hastings is 7-2 overall on the season.

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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