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North County rolls in tennis opener

FESTUS — North County swept each of the six singles matches, and began its boys tennis season on Tuesday with an 8-1 victory over St. Pius.

No. 1 Connor McBride prevailed 8-1 and Peter Hickman posted the lone 8-0 shutout for the Raiders, who return their five highest-ranked players from last year’s 12-2 squad.

Lucas Rodgers scored an 8-3 decision while both Alex Lodholz and Paul Luebbers notched 8-5 wins. Varsity newcomer Alex Shumate held off his opponent by an 8-6 margin.

McBride teamed with Rodgers and Lodholz combined with Hickman for successful doubles results.

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