Irondale tennis looking to seniors for leadership

The Irondale High School boys tennis team has some talent in its lineup, but there are also some holes to fill, especially in the doubles spots.

The Knights return a pair of senior singles players from last year's team that finished 10-6 and wound up in third place in the last season of North Suburban Conference play.

Among the seven returning letterwinners are seniors Peter Lyngdal and Ryan Norlinger. Lyngdal has been on the varsity since seventh grade and is set to take his game to the collegiate level next season. Earlier this year he signed a letter of intent to play at Hillsdale College, a Division II program in Michigan.

"We'll be strong at the top of the singles lineup and be working to be stronger at doubles through the season," said Irondale head coach Mike Walseth.

The jump to the Northwest Suburban Conference presents some new challenges. The new league is deeper and should provide tougher competition than the old North Suburban.

Walseth expects Maple Grove and Elk River to be the top teams in the Northwest Suburban. Elk River is a regular at the state tournament having been there for nine years in a row.

Maple Grove has been to two of the last three state tournaments.

Irondale opened the season on April 2 with a 5-2 loss to district rival Mounds View. Last week, the Knights fell 7-0 to Elk River and had one match cancelled due to rain.

Among the events on the schedule this week is a home match against Anoka on Wednesday and a trip to Andover on Friday. Irondale also played at Spring Lake Park on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.

—Brian Meyers


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