MHS tennis secures top seed in the West

Alex Eisen/MDN Minot High junior Mason Diehl returns a backhand Saturday in a singles match against Mandan at Hammond Park.

The Minot High boys tennis team claimed a share of the West Region regular season title and the No. 1-seed at the West Region tournament with 9-0 sweep of Mandan on Saturday at Hammond Park.

The Magicians (11-3, 5-1 WDA) held the tiebreaker over Legacy for the top seed by having beat the Sabers 5-4 in a dual earlier this season.

“Despite the setback on Thursday, we’ve really had a full team effort from Day 1 of practice to earn that No. 1 spot,” MHS coach Scott DeLorme said. “Each and every day our kids come to practice wanting to get better and that’s a credit to them as they are extremely coachable and willing to do whatever is best for the team. I think yesterday we had one of our better practices of the year following the tough Century loss and we came out with a purpose and won all nine matches in straight sets.”

In singles, the Magi lost 17 points total with victories coming from No. 3 Charlie Wentz (0 points given up), No. 2 Mason Diehl (2), No. 6 Rory Taney (3), No. 1 Connor Templeton (3), No. 4 Peyton Huss (4) and No. 5 Zach Diehl (5).

“They knew there was a lot at stake this afternoon and from the start they were ready to play,” DeLorme said. “With a sweep in singles, our doubles were able to relax and have some fun, which was nice in the final home and regular season match.”

Templeton and Wentz teamed up for a 7-5, 6-2 doubles win. The Diehl’s went 6-0, 6-3 for their win. And, last but not least, Huss and Gage Jaeger swept their No. 3 doubles pairing.

The Magi open up the West Region tournament with a bye Thursday and then get the winner between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. That second round game will be played at 1 p.m. in Bismarck at Capital Racquet and Fitness Center.

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