Hermantown recorded a 7-0 win over Superior in Lake Superior Conference boys’ tennis at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex on Monday, May 8, but not every single game was as one-sided as the overall result.

The doubles in particular were razor sharp. In first place, Rolan Kuznetsov and Brody Matthews of the Hawks defeated Vinnie Thiesen and Allen Nelson of the Spartans 7-4 in a tiebreak in the third set, their second of the match. The superior duo won a 7-1 breaker after the first set before Hermantown rebounded to take the second set 6-4.

The No. 2 Flight was also a three-setter, with Cole Palokangas and Gabe Swenson clinching the point for the Hawks in a close game against Adrian Sakuray and Kevin Phi, 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Hermantown won the four singles games in straight sets, with Aaron Evjen defeating Diedrick Nikoi 6-2, 6-3.

Rock Ridge 3, Hermantown 2

Rock Ridge’s Sawyer Hallin had two RBIs to lead the Wolverines to a 3-2 win over Hermantown in Virginia on Monday.

Hallin drove in two runs at the bottom of the third inning to give Rock Ridge a 2-0 lead.

Hermantown would hit back with two runs of their own at the top of the fifth, but the Wolverines’ Josh Kendall scored after a Hawks field error and secured Rock Ridge’s win.

Dylan Hedley allowed five hits and batted seven over six innings for Rock Ridge. Brayden Lundeen allowed four hits and batted two for the Hawks.

Dawson Rannow was 2-for-3 with a home run in Hermantown’s first loss of the season.

Duluth Denfeld 6, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 1

Duluth Denfeld’s Nolan Harju allowed five hits over four innings and hit three batters in a Hunters 6-1 win over Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin.

Harju and Ben Senich were 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs for the Chasers.

Joss Parantala was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored for GNK.

South Ridge 7, Moose Lake/Willow River 0

South Ridge pitcher Gavin Willeck conceded just two hits in five innings and hit nine in a 7-0 win over Moose Lake/Willow River on Monday.

Wyatt Olson, Ben Pretasky and Carter Anderson all had two RBIs in the win for South Ridge.

Richie Balut and Reese Bode each had a hit for the Rebels.

Allie Jones allowed just one Barnum hit in three innings as the Lumberjacks cruised at Braun Park in Cloquet.

Morgan Olesiak had a single, double, triple and netted three, while Blythe Proulx and Lilly Witte had two hits and netted twice.

Jones hit two and walked one.

Moose Lake/Willow River 9, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 7

6 Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 5 Moose Lake/Willow River

The Rebels made their way south to a non-conference doubleheader and came back with a win.

In the first game, Hallie Klavu and Sarah Christy finished on three homers each, while Mackenzie Hoffmann and Hannah Roach hit two and Sandra Ribich one homer.

Alexis Hoffmann allowed seven unearned runs on eight hits in seven innings.

In the second game, Christy hit 10, but the hosts prevailed.

Ribich was 3-for-4 with a double while Klavu was 2-for-4 with a double. Christy allowed six unearned runs on five hits with five walks.

7 Hermantown, 4 Rock Ridge

Emily Gustafson had two hits and drove in two runs as the Hawks held on after a 4-0 lead in the second inning and a 7-0 lead in the sixth inning.

Hope Kohanski had a singles and a doubles for the Hawks.

Lindsey Ewer allowed four earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

For the Wolverines, Chance Colbert, Anna Westby and Alex Flannigan all had two hits, with Westby and Flannigan hitting homers, but they would be the only Rock Ridge hitters to hit.

Taylor Morley accepted defeat for the Wolverines.

South Ridge 7, Moose Lake/Willow River 0

Cherry 5, Mountain Iron-Buhl 1

Hermantown 3, Rock Ridge 2

Duluth Denfeld 6, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 1

Superior 7, Northwood/Solon Springs 1

6 Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 5 Moose Lake/Willow River

Moose Lake/Willow River 9, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 7

Duluth Denfeld 21, Duluth Marshall 4

19 East Central, 17 Floodwood

Mountain Iron-Buhl 11, North Woods 7

7 Hermantown, 4 Rock Ridge

Proctor 5, Grand Rapids 0

Player serves ball.
Hermantown’s Aaron Evjen serves during his match in the No. 1 singles at Superior on Monday May 8th.

Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The player returns the shot.
Superior’s Allen Nelson returns a shot during his match against Hermantown in Superior’s No. 1 doubles match Monday 8 May.

Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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