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Austin boys finish seventh in tennis tournament

Packers shorthanded at Eagan Invitational

EAGAN — The Austin boys tennis team finished seventh on Saturday in the Eagan Invitational.

Henry Sibley took first place in the eight-team event. Eagan was second followed by Winona, St. Thomas Academy, Rochester Century and Eastview. The Austin Packers finished just ahead of last-place Cretin-Derham Hall.

Steve Mino of Austin won the consolation championship at No. 3 singles. Bob Astrup of the Packers recorded his first varsity win at No. 4 singles and advanced into the winner’s bracket to take a fourth-place overall finish.

Drew Halvin, at No. 1 singles for the Packers, finished sixth place. Chris Zink was at No. 2 singles and finished eighth.

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Tony Anderson and David Lindahl of Austin won the consolation championship at No. 3 doubles. Ryan Urlick and John Register finished in seventh place for No. 1 doubles. The duo of Riley Ettinger and Peter Lindahl finished sixth at No. 2 doubles.

"Though we finished seventh, positions four through seven were decided by just a few matches," Austin coach Josh Bendickson said. "We had a few players absent due to ACT testing. It was good to get some new guys varsity experience. We were definitely disappointed with that finish and needed to pull out a few more of the close matches, but it’s good to get the extra experience against good competition before the conference matches begin."

Austin has a tuneup with Mason City, Iowa, today at Wescott Field and then opens Big Nine Conference play on Tuesday at Rochester Mayo.

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