The April mini ice age receded enough this week for the boys tennis team to get a match in on Monday. Not that it was Mother Nature that cleared the courts, but rather it was the effort of Head Tennis Coach Les Zellmann who ran a snow blower over the courts for several hours last week. That began to remove last Thursday's snow dump.
That got the courts clear enough for the boys to play. So the tennis players only had to contend with temps in the 40s, winds of 25 mph and wind chills in the 30s - ideal conditions - if you were an Eskimo. The crowd was dressed like they were going to watch a dog sled race. Spring attire was not worn by the fans that came out.
Coach Zellmann summed up the conditions, "It was cold, but the courts were dry. The players would likely say it was better than having inside practice. "Considering the cold and wind, the team serving was good."
As for the match, the Saints beat visiting the River Valley Cardinals 6-1. Both the Saints and the Cardinals have had a hard time getting outside to practice, but the Saints were able to do a better job of thawing out and claimed the win.
SJA won the four singles matches, lost the one doubles but won two and three doubles to compile the six matches that provided the team's winning margin.
The Saints started four underclassmen on the singles side of the match. Junior Connor Olson played number one singles and he won in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.
Coach Zellmann said, "Connor Olson made a very nice comeback to win in three sets."
The other three singles matches were won in straight sets. Sophomore John Foss won at two singles 6-1, 6-0.
Junior Aldair Trujillo won at three 6-3, 6-2 and eighth grader Sandin Skow won at four singles 6-1, 6-2.
The Saints number one doubles team of juniors Will Runge and Connor Engel lost 5-7, 4-6.
The two doubles team of seniors Erik Heitz and sophomore Cole Skow won 6-1, 6-1. The three doubles team of seniors Michael Hedlund and Kilian Wehde won 6-2, 6-1.
Weather permitting, the boys host Blue Earth Area on Thursday at 4:30 pm.