New Ulm edges Worthington tennis team, 4-3

Tennis ball and racket stock art. (Ben Hershey / Unsplash)

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans boys tennis team won three of four singles matches but was swept in doubles competition on a cold Tuesday afternoon, falling 4-3 to New Ulm.

Temperatures at the local middle school courts were only a few degrees above freezing, but the Trojans braved the conditions wearing clothing heavy enough to provide protection from the cold but loose enough to be able to move.


Singles players Alec Langerud, Ian Barber and Ezra Bonnett moved well enough, indeed, as they won their matches. Langerud defeated New Ulm’s Ben Brownfield 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 singles. Barber bested the Eagles’ Thomas Schwartz 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. And Bonnett won 7-6 (8), 6-2 over Rylan O’Neill at No. 3 singles.

New Ulm’s only singles win came at No. 4 where Keenan Davis topped Worthington’s David Sternke 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 in three sets.

At No. 1 doubles, the Eagles’ Leo Waloch and Nathaniel Janssen prevailed over Worthington’s Quentin Burns and Tyson Henkels 7-5, 6-4. At No. 2, Maverick Johnson and Sebastian Smith won 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 over the Trojans’ Levi Kuhl and Jacob Ahrenstorff. And at No. 3, Joey Kotten and Mitch Schotzko defeated Worthington’s Matthew Becker and Steven Adams 6-3, 7-6 (6).


Worthington is scheduled to play next in Pipestone Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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