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Litchfield doubles duo advances to semifinals

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Jun. 11—ST. CLOUD — The Litchfield doubles team of Alex Draeger and Tyson Michels had a successful first day of the state Class A individual tournament Thursday.

Draeger and Michels won two matches to advance to the state semifinals Friday at St. Cloud Tech High School.

They’ll play top-seeded Ishan Nadkami and Zach Piehl of the Breck School at 8 a.m. The other semifinal features second-seeded Liam Lynch and Luka Shaker-Check of St. Paul Academy and unseeded Dylan Hahn and Jack Onkka of Thief River Falls, also at 8 a.m.

Semifinal winners are scheduled to meet at 11:30 a.m. with a third-place match also taking place at 11:30 a.m.

Draeger and Michels are the tournament’s fourth seed. They beat Ethan Leeser and Easton Blissenbach in the first round 6-3, 6-3. In the second round, the Dragon duo knocked off fifth-seeded Jake Welsh and Luke Schaefer of Totino-Grace 6-4, 6-4.

Winning one match Thursday in Class A singles was Minnewaska’s Tate Reichmann. Reichmann defeated Minnehaha Academy’s Aiden Keef 6-0, 6-1 before falling to Breck’s Clayton Haberman 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. That ended Reichmann’s state meet run.

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Yellow Medicine East’s Ean Clarke lost in the first round of singles play to Evan Fraser of Mounds Park Academy. The scores were 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, the Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg duo of Peyton LeClair and Taylor Duncan fell to Breck’s Nadkarni and Piehl, 6-0, 6-3.

On Wednesday, Breck beat Mound-Westonka 6-1 to win the Class A team title. Rochester Lourdes defeated Mounds Park Academy 4-3 for third place.

In Class AA at Prior Lake, Edina won the team title with a 4-0 win over Wayzata. Orono beat Rochester Mayo 4-3 for third place.

Class A Championship

Singles

Tate Reichmann, Minnewaska

First round: Reichmann def Aiden Keefe, Minnehaha Academy, 6-0 6-1

Quarterfinals: Clayton Haberman, Breck, def Reichmann 6-1 6-3

Ean Clarke, YME

First round: Evan Fraser, Mounds Park Academy, def Clarke 6-1 6-1

Doubles

Alex Draeger/Tyson Michels, Litchfield

First round: Draeger/Michels def Ethan Leeser/Easton Blissenbach, Rochester Lourdes 6-3 6-3

Quarterfinals: Draeger/Michels def Jake Welsh/Luke Schaefer, Totino-Grace 6-4 6-4

Peyton LeClair/Taylor Duncan, Benson/KMS

First round: Ishan Nadkarni/Zach Piehl, Breck, def LeClaire/Duncan 6-0 6-3

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