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Jamestown's Ryder Pringle returns a serve against Mandan earlier this season at Bolinger Courts. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School's Isaac Mimong and Ryder Pringle won't be shouldering too much pressure heading into this weekend's individual state tennis tournament.

Both will be making their first appearance in the state singles championship. Mimong, the West Region's fifth-seeded player, and Pringle, the West's eighth seed, begin the two-day tournament Friday at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks.

"I'd be really pleased if both were able to make it to Saturday and see where the chips fall after that," said first-year Jamestown boys tennis coach Bryan Edens. "But even getting a win on Friday would be a great accomplishment. I haven't seen much of the East at all yet, but I know they're pretty good and very talented."

Mimong, a junior, will be facing Fargo Davies sophomore Kareem Kamel. Kamel placed fifth in the 2017 state singles tournament as a freshman, defeating former Blue Jay captain Connor Mullowney in the process.

Mimong and Kamel met up at the West Fargo Invite on Sept. 15, with Kamel coming out ahead 6-0, 6-0. Kamel is the East Region's fourth seed.

"Kareem got the better of him in that one, but I think Isaac is ready for the challenge," Edens said. "The kid (Mimong) is just mentally tough. He's always practicing hard and challenging himself to become better. It'll be exciting to see what he's able to do (at state)."

Pringle is staring down the barrel of the always difficult No. 1 vs. No. 8 match. He'll be facing the East's singles champion in Grand Forks Central junior Gareth Wu.

Mimong placed fifth at last weekend's West Region singles tournament in Minot, topping Bismarck Legacy's Sean Joyce 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. Pringle fell to Williston's Parker Rude 2-6, 7-6 (10), 6-2 in the seventh-place match, after Mimong got past Pringle 6-3, 6-0 in the consolation bracket semifinals.

"Ryder will definitely have to bring his A game," Edens said. "But with that 1 vs. 8 seed, crazy things have happened. He'll have to stay composed and steal some points at the net. Ryder's got a really good skill set, he's just got to bring it with him this weekend."

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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