Dodger, Gael boys prepare for district tennis

Postseason action begins Thursday for both the Fort Dodge and St. Edmond boys tennis programs.

The Dodgers travel to Sioux City for a Class 2A district meet, while the Gaels host 1A districts at Dodger Courts.

Each start time is set for 9 a.m.

Carroll Kuemper, Lewis Central, Sioux City East, host Sioux City North and Sioux City West will join FDSH in the field.

“Our expectations as a team and for individuals are high as we look to advance to substate straight out of districts and hopefully qualify for state,” Fort Dodge head coach Jared Feddersen said. “In our district, the teams we know that are always pretty tough are Sioux City North and Kuemper Catholic.”

Senior Andrew Stover and junior Brian Murman are seeking their third straight trip to state as a doubles tandem for the Dodgers. Last year, Stover and Murman moved on after a district runner-up effort. They posted 1-2 marks at state both previous times.

“We’ve got some guys on the team with state experience in the past,” said Feddersen. “Hopefully, that can be a motivating factor for even more guys to qualify and play the way they’re capable of.”

Sophomore Caleb Shudak of Lewis Central is also a defending state singles participant.

Awaiting the Gaels will be Webster City, Clear Lake, Denison-Schleswig, Hampton-Dumont, Iowa Falls-Alden and South Hardin. Seniors Jimmy Averill and Konrad Laufersweiler and juniors John Eide and Zach Gailey reached state in doubles competition a year ago for eventual team state champion St. Edmond.

“We’re really excited for (today),” SEHS head coach Tyler Philipsen said. “I think we have a good chance of being competitive in the team scoring. Doubles is always tough, and this year should be no exception.”

Sam Jones advanced to state in singles last spring as a freshman for Clear Lake.

“Sam Jones is one of the top singles players that we’ve run into this year,” said Philipsen. “Caleb Perkins from Iowa Falls can be aother real tough player if he’s playing well.”