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Tennis takes first at home invitational

West Fargo’s girls tennis team made a statement over the weekend by edging out 13 other teams to take first in the annual West Fargo Invitational with 25 points.

They managed to beat second-place Bismarck Century by just one point.

The Packers finished first in three of the six singles flights.

Senior Sammie Smith gave up just four points in her four matches to finish first in the first flight. She beat Minot’s Ban Dodin in the championship match.

Senior Kaylee Stock — the second flight’s No. 1 seed — had a bye in the first round, then ran through three opponents, beating Century’s Jamie Stoppler 6-0, 6-4 in the finals.

Junior Jenaya Wentz also had a bye and went on to a sixth-flight championship, topping Century’s Samantha Clark 6-2, 6-1 in the final match.

Seniors Katie Baasch finished second in the third flight, falling to Bismarck St. Mary’s Emily Bichler.

The team of senior Kseniya Belaychuk and seventh-grader Preeti Chemiti managed to finish second in the third doubles flight, edged out by a Century team 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match.

The Eastern Dakota Conference begins Thursday in Grand Forks, where the 7-1 Packers — the No. 2 team in the conference — will face Fargo South in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m.