GCGR boys tennis rallies past North Polk

GCGR's Tjaden Meester makes a return shot during last Saturday's dual with North Polk in Grundy Center. (Jake Ryder/Grundy Register)

   BOONE, GRUNDY CENTER – The Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ tennis team flew under the radar heading into last Thursday’s district meet in Boone.

   The Spartans have made their impact now, and are making an impressive splash under first-year coach Dale Boren.

   After taking second in the team standings at Boone, GCGR rallied for a 5-3 dual victory over North Polk in a preliminary substate match at Grundy Center last Saturday to stay alive in the team tournament despite not advancing any players to the singles/doubles state tournament.

   GCGR will play in a substate final with LeMars on Saturday at Fort Dodge St. Edmond. If victorious there, the Spartans would play either Boone or Spencer later in the day in a state quarterfinal matchup.

   “No one around here expected us to be doing anything like this,” Boren said. “This is huge for the community, for the school, and for these kids.”

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