Dodger boys top Gaels

Fort Dodge freshman Jon Bowser made an immediate impact in his debut with the Dodger tennis team Tuesday, helping lead them to a victory over St. Edmond, 7-2.

Bowser, a freshman, earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory in singles over Ben Albright before pairing up with Andrew Stover to pick up a 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 1 doubles position.

Brian Murman, Stover and Nick Pecka all earned straight-set wins in singles for the Dodgers, who also swept doubles.

“I was very impressed with the amount of focus our guys came out with,” FDSH head coach Jared Feddersen said. “This win was a great start to a season with high expectations.”

Murman and Stover were state doubles qualifiers last year and are part of a large group of returning letterwinners back for Feddersen.

“This victory was a total team effort,” Feddersen said. “It was great to see all of the guys pick up a win.”

For the Gaels, who also return the bulk of their varsity roster from last year, Jimmy Averill and Konrad Laufersweiler earned singles wins.

“Both Jimmy and Konrad had really good matches,” SEHS head coach Tyler Philipsen said. “I also thought Patrick Bocken had an impressive match, playing up (at No. 6 singles).”

St. Edmond won the Class 1A team state title a season ago, but are competing for the first time in four years without Aaron Chalstrom. Last year, Chalstrom won an individual state title and is now playing at the Creighton University.

“Our kids are really going up against some bigger schools to start the year and I think that is only going to help us as the season progresses,” Philipsen said. “They are being forced to play up right now, but that is going to be a good thing down the road.”

Laufersweiler, Averill, Zach Gailey and John Eide all competed at state doubles last year. Eide, though, suffered a broken hand and is currently sidelined.

St. Edmond returns to action on Friday when they host Storm Lake, while the Dodgers are off until next Tuesday when they welcome Dowling Catholic.