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Tennis team 5th at Mid-State

By John George sports@eot.com The Mid-State Conference Tennis Meet was a perfect reflection on how the entire season has gone for the Jacket netters. They played good, competitive tennis, but it just wasnt enough as Perham finished fifth in the f...

By John George

sports@eot.com

The Mid-State Conference Tennis Meet was a perfect reflection on how the entire season has gone for the Jacket netters. They played good, competitive tennis, but it just wasnt enough as Perham finished fifth in the five-team tournament with 13 points. Staples-Motley won the conference title with 27 points.

We were in the mix, head coach Terry Grzybowski said. Its kind of reflective of our season. We compete well with everyone we play, we just needed that little extra to get us over the top.

One player who did give that little extra, according to Grzybowski, was Cody Gustafson.

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With a new line-up on Monday at Park Rapids, Gustafson moved into the No. 1 singles position and played very well, earning All-Conference honors with a third place finish.

He played with the kind of spirit that we need to spread throughout the team, Grzybowski said.

Gustafson won his first match against Detroit Lakes No. 1 player, and won 7-5, 6-3. He dropped his second match, 6-0, 6-1 to a Staples-Motley player, then beat Wadena-Deer Creeks top singles player, 7-6, 6-4.

After winning the first set against W-DC, Gustafson went up 4-1 in the second, only to have his opponent come back to tie the match at 4-4.

He had this resolve that he was not going to lose, and he didnt, Grzybowski said.

Gustafson fought off several duce points to finally take a 5-4 lead before winning the match on the next service game.

Michael Buer also moved up into a new spot, No. 2 singles, and he finished in fourth place. No. 3 singles player Brandon Heimer and No. 4 player Michael Howey each finished in fifth place.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Sean Wurgler and Jake Muszynski were so close, but still lost both matches, finishing in fifth place. Their first match was a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to W-DC. They were eliminated with a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Park Rapids.

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At No. 2 doubles, the duo of Gus Rutten and Ian Johnson lost their first match 7-5, 7-5, but won their final two to finish in third place.

The No. 3 team of John Carlson and Tim Buchin finished fourth with a 1-2 record.

Its not that were not trying, Grzybowski said. The boys are tring very hard. We just need to see that Eye of the Tiger a little bit more throughout the ranks.

Perham will see two conference teams in their final regular season meet today (May 18) at the Detroit lakes Triangular. D.L. and S-M will face-off in the first match at 2 p.m. Perham will take on S-M in the second match, then finish the afternoon against D.L.

The first round of team sub-sections will be May 23 at East Grand Forks.

Tennis

Monday, May 15

Mid-State Championships at Park Rapids

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1. Staples-Motley 27, 2. Park Rapids 25, 3. Detroit Lakes 22, 4. Wadena-Deer Creek 18, 5. Perham 13.

Singles

1. Cody Gustafson--3rd place (2-1); 2. Michael Buer--4th place (1-2); 3. Brandon Heimer--5th place (0-2); 4. Michael Howey--5th place (0-2).

Doubles

1. Sean Wurgler & Jake Muszynski--5th place (0-2); 2. Gus Rutten & Ian Johnson--3rd place (2-1); 3. John Carlson & Tim Buchin--4th place (1-2).

Jackets: 1-6

Next:

5/18 at Detroit Lakes Triangular 2 pm

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5/23 8A Sub-Sections TBD

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