BOYS TENNIS: Roughriders defeat West Fargo 5-0 in championship match
FARGO - The streak of consecutive North Dakota East Region boys tennis team dual championships won by Grand Forks Red River now stands at 18.
The Roughriders defeated West Fargo 5-0 during the championship match on Thursday at Courts Plus.
"I thought everyone stepped up and played a really good final match," Grand Forks Red River head coach Greg LaDouceur said.
Red River (11-0) advanced to the championship with 5-0 wins over Valley City and Grand Forks Central in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
Red River junior No. 1 singles player Greg Wischer defeated West Fargo's Brady Ballweber 6-2, 6-4.
Defending state individual singles champion Joey Anderson defeated North Knewtson 6-1, 6-0.
The Roughriders' top doubles combo of senior Andre Caoili and freshman Jake Kuhlman defeated West Fargo's Brendan Walker and Michael Holland 6-3, 6-0. Caoili and Kuhlman won the state doubles championship last year.
"It went smoothly," Caoili said. "We had a few bumps along the way, but we got through them all."
West Fargo advanced to its first East Region team dual final with a 4-1 win over Fargo Davies in the quarterfinals and a 5-0 win over Fargo South in the semifinals.
"We have been close many times," West Fargo head coach Chad Anderson said. "This year we finally got over the hump with a big win over Fargo South. I was really proud of how the guys played."
Ballweber defeated Davies' No. 1 player Marcus Osman 6-3, 6-4 followed by a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 decision against South's Davis Lawley.
Red River and West Fargo automatically qualified for next week's state tournament in Fargo.
"They were not afraid," Anderson said of the Packers playing 15-time defending state champion Red River. "They didn't back down and they made Red River work for every point. Tennis scores are sometimes misleading. We did get beat 5-0, but we were in so many games of that match."
Fargo South and Grand Forks Central also qualified for the state tournament on Thursday. The Bruins defeated Fargo Shanley 3-2 and the Knights defeated Fargo Davies 3-2 in state-qualifying matches.
Red River's lineup remained unchanged until the final.
No. 3 singles player Andrew Godon was held out of the lineup as a precaution with tight muscles. Mitch Kuhlman slid into Godon's spot and defeated West Fargo's Keyan Farahmand 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The individual singles and doubles tournaments begin today and run through Saturday.
If you go
Up next: East Region boys individual singles and doubles tournament, today and Saturday
Where: Courts Plus, Elephant Park, Discovery Middle School, and Island Park