The Minot High School boys tennis team did not win the Minot Round Robin this past weekend, but that may have been an afterthought considering where the event was a year ago.
Last year's tournament took place at Hammond Park, not at Magic City Campus. The Souris River flood damaged the Magicians' home courts, rendering them unplayable for the 2011 season. So MHS called Hammond Park home, even if it didn't feel like it.
The Magic City courts have been repaired and so far the Magicians feel right at home. The team swept Jamestown 9-0 in the season opener, placed second in the round robin and crushed Williston 9-0 on Tuesday.
"They are super nice," senior Kyle Gerding said of the courts. "I'm glad they re-did them."
The Magicians play two of their next three matches at home before hitting the road for the rest of the season. MHS hosts Bismarck Century at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.
at Spartan Invite
MHS freshman swimmer Cassandra Askvig won the 100-meter freestyle in the Fargo North Spartan Invite on Saturday to help the Majettes place third in the meet.
Askvig finished in 56.76 seconds, touching nearly one second ahead of West Fargo's Hallie Peterson.
"I was really excited," Askvig said. "I wasn't sure if it was going to happen, but I had confidence and I knew my coaches had confidence in me. I was ready to win that race."
Askvig also competed in the 200- and 400-freestyle relays, earning second-place finishes in both events. She combined with junior Devin Scott, freshman Emily Hamel and sophomore McKenna Brown in the 200 relay time of 1:46.97. The time was nearly 1.5 seconds slower than first-place West Fargo.
In the 400 relay, Askvig swam with Brown, Hamel and junior Jordan Hubbard for a time of 3:53.79 - five seconds off Fargo North.
"We have a really good chemistry in those relays," Askvig said. "We all get along really well together and support each other. We have a really good time when we do them."
The second-place finishes at the Spartan Invite show potential for a team that lost 14 members to graduation last year.