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State boys tennis: Worthington, Luverne entrants lose twice


MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota state Class A boys tennis field proved too difficult to crack Thursday for Worthington and Luverne competitors.

Andrew Jelken, competing for Luverne in singles, lost his first two matches at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Cardinals’ doubles team of Jonny Vajgrt and Erik Wohnoutka lost twice, as did the Trojans’ doubles team of Andrew Johnson and Carter Lindner.

Jelken opened the individual portion of the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 setback against fellow senior Arend Turner of Mound Westonka. In the consolation bracket, Jelken was taken down by Duncan Hart, a junior from Mounds Park Academy, 6-4, 6-2.

Lac qui Parle Valley’s Jess Hansen, the Section 3A champion, also found the state tournament a tough place to win. He was beaten in first round play by Zach Kantor of Foley 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6). Hansen then lost his second match to Rochester Lourdes’ Thomas Erickson 6-7, 6-3, 10-5.

Worthington’s Johnson and Lindner, competing in their second consecutive state tournament together, fell to David Turlington and Nico Villarraga of Rochester Lourdes 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. The Trojans duo next lost 6-4, 6-3 to Scott Perunovich and Jake Jolowsky of Hibbing.

Luverne’s Vajgrt and Wohnoutka lost their oopener 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to Hunter Blowers and Jorde Hutton of Thief River Falls before dropping their match against Jackson Kelner and Preston Wallin of The Blake School 6-0, 6-2.

Earlier this week, Luverne — after winning a fifth consecutive Section 3A team championship — lost both of its matches in the team portion of the tournament.