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Tennis: Tigers top New Prague

The Farmington boys tennis team closed out a hectic week by finally putting a Missota Conference match in the win column Friday afternoon.

In their fifth match in five days, the Tigers swept four singles matches and closed out a 1-6 season in the league with a 5-2 win over New Prague at the Boeckman Middle School courts.

The top three singles players all won in straight sets. Bennett Lagro held on 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Jake Bauer and Ivan Rodriguez each cruised 6-1, 6-0. Bauer closed out the regular season with the Tigers' best individual record at 5-7.

At No. 4 singles, Jon Zakoski came from behind to win 5-7, 6-1 and 10-2.

The most exciting match of the afternoon came at No. 2 doubles where Grady Hauswirth and Austin Rau rallied from an 0-3 deficit in the third set to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

"They showed a lot of heart in not being discouraged by a tough stretch of games," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Both Grady and Austin hit some game-saving shots at crucial times."

New Prague claimed the other two doubles matches in three sets.

The Tigers opened the Section 1AA team tournament Tuesday at Owatonna. The Section 1AA individual tournament gets under way next Thursday.

Shakopee 7, Farmington 0

Rodriguez lost 1-6, 0-6

Zakoski lost 0-6, 0-6

Hauswirth lost 0-6, 0-6

Rau lost 0-6, 0-6

Lagro/Bauer lost 0-6, 3-6

Kortenbusch/Tremmel lost 0-6, 0-6

Corraro/Spindler lost 1-6, 2-6

Farmington 4, Richfield 3

Lagro won 6-2, 7-5

Bauer won 6-2, 6-2

Rodriguez won 6-2, 6-2

Zakoski lost 1-6, 1-6

Kortenbusch/Tremmel won 6-2, 6-1

Hauswirth/Rau lost 2-6, 2-6

Corraro/Spindler lost 1-6, 3-6

Holy Angels 5, Farmington 2

Lagro lost 0-6, 1-6

Bauer won 6-1, 7-5

Rodriguez lost 2-6, 4-6

Zakoski won 6-4, 7-6 (4)

Kortenbusch/Tremmel lost 1-6, 3-6

Hauswirth/Rau lost 1-6, 0-6

Corraro/Spindler lost 2-6, 1-6

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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