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Section 8-1A Tennis Playoffs: Three Lakers advance

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Section 8-1A Tennis Playoffs: Three Lakers advance
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There were a couple of advancements by the Detroit Lakes boys’ tennis team in the Section 8-1A individual tournament in Perham Thursday.


Laker No. 8 seeded Caleb Howard made it through the first round of singles action with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Park Rapids’ Josh Johnson.

Howard will face top-seeded Logan Engel-stad of Thief River Falls in the quarterfinals Tuesday in Perham.

No. 7 seeded Carlos Espinosa fell to No. 10 Matt Garman of Crookston in singles action in a very close match.

Espinosa lost the first set on a 7-6 tiebreaker, while taking the second set 6-4.

Garman claimed the match with a 6-2 third set victory.

In doubles play, top-seeded Isaac and Alex Fondrick gained a bye, while Chandler Hanks and Austin Nelson lost to the No. 7 East Grand Forks team in three sets.

The Fondrick brothers will face the No. 8 team from Park Rapids Tuesday, with all the championship matches being held that day, as well, in Perham. 

Laker results - Section 8-1A individual tournament in Perham, Thursday, May 23

DL results

Singles: (8) Caleb Howard (DL) def. (9) Josh Johnson (PR) 6-2, 6-4…(10) Matt Garman (Crk) def. Carlos Espinosa (DL) (7-6) 4-6, 6-2

Doubles: (1) Isaac Fondrick/Alex Fondrick bye…(11) C. Hinckley/A. Andreen (Perh/WDC) def. (10) C. Hanks/A. Nelson (DL) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2