The Bucs’ big wins
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys tennis team not only notched their first win in several years last week, they did it twice.
And, both wins came against the same team the Pipestone Arrows.
Despite the fact that it was a rainy day last Thursday, and all other sports activities for Blue Earth Area teams were cancelled, the Buccaneers traveled to Worthington for a double header tennis match.
It was the second match of the day for the maroon and gold squad when they won a 6-1 victory over Pipestone. Details were not available as of press time for this week’s Faribault County Register.
In the first match, the Bucs played the Trojans of Worthington and lost 7-0.
After the courts were squeegied off, only four courts were available at first.
At No. 1 singles, Chandler Kienitz lost 6-1, 6-1, to Andrew Johnson. Jaron King fell 6-2, 6-1 to Nick Newman at No. 2 singles, and at No. 3 singles, Martin Granados Jr. lost 6-1, 6-1 to Bryan Doeden.
There was no match at No. 4 singles and the Bucs lost by forfeit.
Parker Kienitz and Spencer Petersen fell 6-4, 6-2 to Jonah McDonald and Orissa Nitibhon at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, It was the Buc duo of Mason Hehr and Dylan Herfindahl, facing Levi Blanchard and Sebastian Licea of Worthington. BEA lost 6-4, 6-3.
BEA’s Adam Buseman and Spencer Timmerman lost 6-0, 6-0, to the Trojan team of Jordan Jenson and Ernst Coriolan at No. 3 doubles.
BEA 5, Pipestone 2
It was a big, big win.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys tennis team pulled off a victory last Tuesday afternoon, their first one of the season.
The Bucs downed the Pipestone Arrows 5-2 in a match played at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth. The victory gave the maroon and gold a 1-7 record for the year.
“It was an exciting match at the end,” Buc head coach Konny Wolff says. “It is the team’s first win in the three years I have been coaching them. I am so happy for the boys.”
Both teams seemed fairly evenly matched, and both teams had three ninth graders, an eighth grader and a seventh grader on their varsity rosters.
Buccaneer junior Chandler Kienitz had the hardest battle of the day at the No. 1 singles spot.
Kienitz took on another junior, Trase Leuck. Leuck won the first set, a long marathon, 7-6 (7-5).
But Kienitz bounced back and took the second set 6-4, and finished it off with a 6-2 win in the third set.
Two other Buc singles players had an easier time of it. Jaron King played at No. 3 singles and defeated fellow senior Bill Smith 6-0, 6-3.
BEA senior Martin Granados Jr. crushed Pipestone ninth grader Tristen Pals, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4 singles.
Spencer Petersen, a freshman, lost to junior Joe Morgan 6-0, 6-2, at No. 2 singles.
The Buccaneer No. 1 doubles team of eighth grader Parker Kienitz and ninth grader Spenser Timmerman, suffered BEA’s other loss, falling 6-4, 6-2, to the Arrows Jacob Gelderman, a senior, and Noah Onken, a freshman.
But the Bucs’ other doubles teams fared well.
Ninth grader Mason Hehr and sophomore Dylan Herfindahl downed Jackson Winter, seventh grader, and Cole Onken, ninth grader, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 3 doubles, junior Adam Buseman and seventh grader Jonathan Hill notched a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Arrow junior Lais Martinez and eighth grader Dalton Pottratz.
“Our two new players at third doubles gave us our fourth team point,” coach Wolff says. “Jonathan was very excited. His grandmother had passed away a few days ago and after he won, he told me he did it in memory of his grandmother.”
The coach added that the win meant a lot to the whole team.
“They have worked hard and being so young and facing older boys all the time is hard,” she explains. “But they have stayed positive and it was a very good win.”
The victory should give the team some momentum as they head into post-season play with the Section Team Tournament this week on Monday and Wednesday and the Section Individual Tournament on Thursday and Friday.
Fairmont 7, BEA 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis matchup with the Fairmont Cardinals, originally set for Thursday afternoon, May 7, was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for last Monday, May 11.
But while the match was held on Monday, weather conditions were not much better cold wind and temperature hovering around 45 degrees.
By the end of the cold match, the Buccaneers had lost 7-0 to the Cards.
At No. 1 singles, BEA’s Chandler Kienitz lost a 6-4, 6-0 decision to Austin Becker. Spencer Petersen lost 6-0, 6-0, to Tyler Head at No. 2 singles.
Martin Granados Jr. fell 6-1, 6-0, to Carter Klanderud at No. 3 singles and Jaron King lost a 6-1, 6-2, No. 4 singles match to Andy Hagen.
The Buccaneer duo of Adam Buseman and Parker Kienitz lost to Sterlin Johnson and Alban Loyer 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Mason Hehr and Dylan Herfindahl gave a run at the Cards’ Mitch Anderson and Ryan Busche, but lost 6-3, 6-1.
Spenser Timmerman and Jonathan Hill lost 6-0, 6-0, to Jake Kallenbach and Tony Joseph at No. 3 doubles.