Dragons hit the courts with five matches

Finally, after many postponements and cancellations, the Dragons took to the court last week for five match-ups.

On Monday, April 22, St. Cloud hosted the match between Pine City and Benson/KMS. For the first match of the season, Pine City played well against their Section 6A foe.

“We had some young guys step into the line-up for the first time and get their first varsity dual match wins:  Derek Clementson, Caleb Stumne, Seth Linnell and Mason Mikyska.  

“Was good to be able to get them some experience,” said coach Richard Engelstad. “We will need to use our matches as learning and practice times as the rest of the season we do not have many days on the schedule that we do not have a match scheduled.”

Pine City 6, BENSON/KMS 1

Singles:

No. 1 - Eric Hoium, Benson/KMS def. Parker Sell, Pine City, 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 - Nate Webster, Pine City def. Jacob Garies, Benson/KMS  6-0, 6-0

No. 3 - Derek Clementson, Pine City def. Tyler Hadfield, Benson/KMS 6-0, 6-0

No. 4 - Caleb Stumne, Pine City def. Mason Bakke, Benson/KMS  6-0, 6-0

Doubles:

No. 1 - Jake Adams - Dusty Bergstrom, Pine City def. Taylor Duncan - Peyton Leclair, Benson/KMS  6-3, 6-3

No. 2 - Alex Laven - Jared Carpenter, Pine City def. Kyle Reese - Matthew Thompson, Benson/KMS   6-2, 6-1

No. 3 - Seth Linnell - Mason Mikyska, Pine City def. Andrew Olson - Hunter Leclair, Benson/KMS  6-1, 6-2

Pine City 7, Duluth Marshall 0

On Tuesday, April 23, Pine City hosted Duluth Marshall. The Dragons scored the win and moved to 2-0 on the season.

Singles:

No. 1 - Parker Sell, Pine City def. Andrew Pavola, Duluth Marshall 6-0, 6-2

No. 2 - Nate Webster, Pine City def. Aiden Bachand, Duluth Marshall 7-5, 6-3

No. 3 - Tanner Wicktor, Pine City def. Connor Sengbush, Duluth Marshall 6-2, 6-2

No. 4 - Derek Clementson, Pine City def. Gary Gao, Duluth Marshall 6-1, 6-1

Doubles:

No. 1 - Dusty Bergstrom - Jake Adams, Pine City def. Daniel Klatt - Kristian Hall, Duluth Marshall 6-3, 6-3

No. 2 - Alex Laven - Jared Carpenter, Pine City def. Keyur Dhungana - Johnny Jelatis, Duluth Marshall 6-4, 6-1

No. 3 - Sully Lucht - Seth Linnell, Pine City def. Ben Nguyen - Nam Nguyen, Duluth Marshall 6-0, 6-1

Pine City 7, ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL/ST JOHN PREP  0

On Thursday, April 25, the Dragons hosted another home match, this time against St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep. and came away with their third straight victory.

“The boys came out and played very well across the board,” said coach Engelstad. “ Some of the JV got in on the action and they also did a great job today.”

Singles:

No. 1 - Parker Sell, Pine City def. Grant Martin, St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep Co-op 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 - Nate Webster, Pine City def. Tony Liu, St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep Co-op 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 - Tanner Wicktor, Pine City def. Jonah Prom, St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep Co-op 6-2, 6-2

No. 4 - Caleb Stumne, Pine City def. Tyler Mahowald, St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep Co-op 6-0, 6-1

Doubles:

No. 1 - Jake Adams - Dusty Bergstrom, Pine City def. Chandler Hendricks - Henry Ebel, St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep Co-op 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 - Alex Laven - Jared Carpenter, Pine City def. Jacob Manar - Liam Rogers, St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep Co-op 6-1, 6-0

No. 3 - Peyton Smetana - Sully Lucht, Pine City def. Billy Jiang - Cole Glomski, St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John Prep Co-op 6-0, 6-0

Pine City 2 Hibbing HIGH SCHOOL 5

On Friday, April 26 Pine City traveled to Hibbing to face the no. sixth ranked Hibbing Blue Jackets. The match went back and forth, and Hibbing came out on top winning the last two matches in three sets.

Singles:

No. 1 - Carter Anderson, Hibbing def. Parker Sell, Pine City 6-2, 7-5

No. 2 - Ryan Osborne, Hibbing def. Nate Webster, Pine City  6-2, 5-7, 6-1

No. 3 - Dominic Warzecha, Hibbing def. Tanner Wicktor, Pine City  6-2, 6-1

No. 4 - Nic Cicchi, Hibbing def. Derek Clementson, Pine City 6-4, 6-4

Doubles:

No. 1 - Dusty Bergstrom - Jake Adams, Pine City def. Mark Borland - Joe Dwyer, Hibbing  6-2, 6-4

No. 2 - Isaac Hildenbrand - Jack Gryzbowski, Hibbing  def. Alex Laven - Jared Carpenter, Pine City 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2)

No. 3 - Sully Lucht - Peyton Smetana, Pine City def. Luke Lundell - Blaine Walli, Hibbing  6-1, 6-3

Hibbing Invite

Saturday, April 27, The Dragons were back on the Hibbing courts for the Hibbing Invite. This is always a great test and great way for the Dragons to work on and develop their game and the Dragons have a long history of playing in this tournament. Pine City finished in second place, right on the heels of Mound Westonka.

1.  Mound Westonka  27 pts

2.  Pine City  25 pts

3.  White Bear Lake  24 pts

4.  Hibbing  22 pts

5.  Eveleth-Gilbert  12 pts

6.  East Grand Forks  10 pts

7.  Grand Rapids  9 pts

8.  Duluth Marshall  3 pts

Pine City individual results:

1 Singles:  Parker Sell went 2-1 and took 2nd place

2 Singles:  Nate Webster went 3-0 – champion

3 Singles:  Tanner Wicktor went 2-1 and took consolation honors

4 Singles:  Derek Clementson went 0-2 / Caleb Stumne went 1-0

1 Doubles:  Jake Adams/Dusty Bergstrom went 2-1 and took 3rd place

2 Doubles:  Alex Laven/Jared Carpenter went 2-1 and took 3rd place

3 Doubles:  Sully Lucht/Peyton Smetana went 3-0 -- champions

Up Next:

On Friday, May 3 Pine City will host Crookston, and on Saturday, May 4 the Dragons host the Art Nelson Tournament.  

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