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Red River's Espen Schneider wins East Region singles title; Central's Evan Panzer and Cole Wilber win doubles

The Roughriders had three of the top four finishers in singles.

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Red River's Espen Schneider hits a shot as he and Saylor Kuenzel play Fargo Davies' Jake McCormick and Logan Sullivan in a doubles match at Register Courts Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022.
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GRAND FORKS — Espen Schneider won a state championship in doubles last season.

The Grand Forks Red River junior decided to give singles a shot in the individual tournament this fall.

It's off to a good start.

Schneider won the East Region singles tournament Saturday at Choice Health and Fitness, cruising through his four matches in straight sets.

Schneider beat West Fargo Sheyenne's Ethan Raan 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

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Schneider will now take the East Region's No. 1 seed to the state tournament next weekend in Minot.

His closest match in the region tournament ended up being against teammate Kellen Johnson in the semifinals Saturday morning. But Schneider prevailed 6-2, 7-5 in that one.

Johnson took third, beating teammate Saylor Kuenzel 6-2, 6-1. The Roughriders accounted for three of the top four singles finishers.

When Grand Forks Central's Evan Panzer and Cole Wilber opted to play doubles in individuals, they instantly became the favorites. Panzer already has a state doubles title to his credit, winning it in 2020 with his brother, Braden.

Panzer and Wilber didn't have any problems as they cruised to the East Region doubles title Saturday.

The Knights duo won four matches in straight sets, defeating Valley City's Trey Cope and Kai Kringlie 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

Panzer and Wilber won 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals and 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

They will take the East Region's No. 1 seed into the state doubles tournament next weekend.

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Red River also qualified two doubles teams to the state tournament — Asher Green-Luc Bydal and Carson Skarperud-Julian Mallory.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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