<CENTER><B>Girls open season at<br> Worthington event Tuesday</B></CENTER>

By John Rittenhouse

The Luverne High School tennis team opened the 2000 season at Worthington Pre-Season Invitational Tennis Tournament Tuesday.

The Cardinal girls played three matches against teams from Martin County West, Pipestone-Jasper and Worthington.

Luverne went 2-1 for the day, besting MCW and Worthington by respective 7-0 and 6-1 tallies. P-J downed LHS 6-1 in a contest that needed four tie-breakers to settle matches.

Sophomore Becky Antoine played her way to an individual championship by winning all three of her matches at No. 2 singles.

Antoine secured 5-0 and 5-1 wins against MCW’s Becky Kuehl, she topped P-J’s Abby Wiltrout 5-0 and 5-3, and downed Worthington’s Kelly Cunningham 5-1 and 5-3.

Cardinals Amanda Aning and Rachel Tofteland placed second at No. 1 and No. four singles with 2-1 records.

Luverne’s No. 1 doubles team of Chelsea Cronin and Allana Gacke, No. 2 squad of Gabe Van Dyk and Patricia Willers, and No. 3 team of Sarah Lange and Jenny Braa all finished second with 2-1 records.

Cardinal Ashley Gacke placed third at No. 3 singles with a 1-2 mark.

Luverne will play at a doubles tournament in Fairmont Friday before playing Yellow Medicine East in Pipestone Monday.

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