Magi bounce back
As a light drizzle turned into full-on rain Thursday afternoon at Hammond Park, Minot High’s No. 3 doubles tandem of Josh Thompson and Conor Taney wrapped up a straight-sets victory to secure a 9-0 victory over Bismarck.
After dropping 5-4 decisions to Jamestown and Century in their first two home duals, the Magicians (2-2 overall, 2-2 West Region) took no chances against the Demons (0-2, 0-2), winning all 18 sets.
“I thought we actually played pretty well today,” Minot coach Scott DeLorme said. “We’ve had a couple tough losses.
“Bismarck, unfortunately, is down a couple guys this year, so they don’t have the team that they would’ve liked. But I thought our kids did a nice job. They came out strong from the start and didn’t drop a set.”
Senior Drew Thomas remained unbeaten at No. 3 singles, disposing of Bismarck’s Jaden Scott 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Thomas teamed with junior Ty Nygaard to roll by Scott and Ty Farnsworth 6-0, 6-2. The pair, playing together for a second straight year, improved to 4-0.
“Last year and this year we’ve gotten a lot of doubles experience playing together,” Thomas said. “We’ve got good chemistry. We’ve been with each other for a while, so we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and know how to help each other out.”
Nygaard, who won 6-2, 6-0 over Farnsworth at No. 4 singles, is an imposing force at the net. He poached to put away countless balls on Thomas’s serve. Thomas provides consistency and the experience to pull out close matches.
“They really complement each other fairly well,” DeLorme said. “They bring different things to the table and they’ve been successful so far.”
The rest of the team breezed through its matches, as well.
At No. 1 singles, senior Dustin Foster rebounded from his first loss of the season, finishing off David Keys 6-3, 6-1. Junior Cody Reynolds recorded his first victory of the season at No. 2 singles, knocking off Dominic Fettig 6-2, 6-3.
“I didn’t play very well against Jamestown or Century,” Reynolds said. “I played pretty well against Bismarck High, but still got to cut down on the unforced errors. Once I do that, I’ll be even better.”
Foster and Reynolds had little trouble getting by Keys and Fettig at No. 1 doubles, prevailing 6-1, 6-1.
Thompson, a senior, and freshman Charlie Wentz collected 6-0, 6-0 victories at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, respectively. Thompson and Taney rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Adam Volk and Royal Harwood to cap the Magicians’ shutout.
Thomas believes the victory is a good segue into the Minot Round Robin, which has been rescheduled for Monday.
“It’s a pretty nice confidence-booster to help us get ready for a couple upcoming matches,” Thomas said.
Ryan Holmgren covers Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.