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GIRLS TENNIS Warriors open season 1-2

HIBBING — The Brainerd Warriors opened their season Monday with one victory in three dual meets at the Hibbing Invite.

Brainerd beat Hibbing 5-2 before losing to Virginia 5-2 and to Chanhassen 4-3.

The Warriors enjoyed most of their success in doubles where the No. 2 team of Megan Hintz-Nichole Gervenak went 3-0.

Morgan Steffen and Caitlin Steffen went 2-0 at No. 3 doubles, Kayla Kraemer-Sara Wennerstrand went 1-1 at No. 1 and Mackayla Headlee-Natalie Comeau were 1-0 at No. 3.

In singles, Mikinzee Salo went 1-2 and Sara Wennerstrand won Brainerd’s only other singles match.

“We don’t have a secret formula yet,” Warriors coach Ellen Fussy said. “We had a few questions that were answered. It’s early, and the girls played like it’s early, but we’re still OK. We’re not in panic mode.

“The Chanhassen match could have turned the other way. Everybody played two sets. If you split then you played a 10-point tiebreaker. At one singles against Chanhassen, Salo won the first set 6-2, lost the second 6-2, and lost the tiebreaker 12-10, so (the meet) could have gone either way. Mikinzee could have taken that one, and it would have turned the tide Brainerd 4, Chanhassen 3.”

Brainerd plays at the Delano tournament Thursday.

“We’re doing OK, we’re not rattled,” Fussy said. “We saw what we need to work on. We’ll get two good days of practice in. We plan on working on some things, and come out strong for the Delano Tournament.”

Team scores

Brainerd 5, Hibbing 2

Virginia 5, Brainerd 2

Chanhassen 4, Brainerd 3

Brainerd singles

No. 1: Mikinzee Salo 1-2

No. 2: Kayla Kraemer 0-1, Briana Rademacher 0-2

No. 3: Sara Wennerstrand 1-0, Natalie Comeau 0-1, Morgan Steffen 0-1

No. 4: Rademacher 1-0, Mackayla Headlee 0-1, Caitlin Steffen 0-1

Brainerd doubles

No. 1: Headlee-Comeau 0-1, Kraemer-Wennerstrand 1-1

No. 2: Megan Hintz-Nichole Gervenak 3-0

No. 3: Steffen-Steffen 2-0, Headlee-Comeau 1-0 

Overall: Brd 1-2. Next: Brainerd at Delano tournament 9 a.m. Thursday.

Aitkin wins quadrangular title

MORA — The Aitkin Gobblers opened their season Monday by capturing the title at the Mora quadrangular.

Aitkin lost only five matches all day. Unbeaten Gobblers were Anna Browning and Claire Browning in singles, and Lisa Anderson-Lindy Lahmann-Sharbonda at No. 2 doubles.

“We lost six seniors from last year,” Aitkin coach Cindy Walz said. “We feel we like have a younger group ready to step in. They’re eager for experience. They’re a very determined group. I was proud of them today.”

Team scores

Aitkin 6, Big Lake 1

Aitkin 4, St. Cloud Cathedral 3

Aitkin 6, Mora 1

Aitkin singles

No. 1: Tori Sundholm 2-1

No. 2: Anna Browning 3-0

No. 3: Claire Browning 3-0

No. 4: Morgan Schoonover 2-1

Aitkin doubles

No. 1: Amanda Kurtz-Kristin Salmonson 1-2

No. 2: Lisa Anderson-Lindy Lahmann-Sharbonda 3-0

No. 3: Emily Hansen-Emily Lundgren 2-1

Overall: A 3-0. Next: Aitkin vs. Cook County and Duluth Marshall at Duluth 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cardinals fifth in opener

PINE CITY — Kelsey Zetah, at No. 4 singles, and the No. 3 doubles team of Taylor Bissonette-Katie Givans went 2-1 as the Staples-Motley Cardinals opened the season Monday with a fifth-place finish at the 8-team Pine City Invite.

Team standings: 1-Blake, 2-Bemidji 3-Rochester Lourdes, 4-Mounds Park Academy, 5-Staples-Motley, 6-Litchfield, 7-Holy Family Catholic, 8-Pine City

Staples-Motley singles

No. 1: Mikayla Wing 1-2

No. 2: Emily Israelson 1-2

No. 3: Grace Wolhowe 1-2

No. 4: Kelsey Zetah 2-1

Staples-Motley doubles

No. 1: Maggie O’Keefe-Brooke Wolhowe 1-2

No. 2: Nikki Edin-Karlee Haglin 1-2

No. 3: Taylor Bissonette-Katie Givans 2-1

Next: Highway 10 Invite, doubles at Staples, singles at Wadena, 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Wolverines go 0-3

SAUK CENTRE — The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines went 0-3 at the Sauk Centre quadrangular Monday.

“I saw some nice improvement from our tournament on Saturday,” W-DC coach Vicki Smith said. “I saw some good growth over two days.”

Team scores

Benson 6, Wadena-DC 1

Sauk Centre 7, Wadena-DC 7-0

Parkers Prairie 5, Wadena-DC 2

Wadena-DC singles

No. 1: Paige Hartman 1-2

No. 2: Sarah Najjar 1-2

No. 3: Desiree Isola 0-3, Molly Kraemer 0-1, Abby Wegscheid 0-1

No. 4: Elise Kallevig 0-1, Desiree Isola 0-2

Wadena-DC doubles

No. 1: Hanna Jacobson-Ashley Carlson 0-2, Jacobson-Molly Kraemer 0-1

No. 2: Molly Kraemer-Kallevig 0-1, Carlson-Wegscheid 0-1, Wegscheid-Marie Hunt 0-1

No. 3: Anna Kraemer-Erin Johnson 1-0, Hunt-Anna Kraemer 0-1, Johnson-Kallevig 0-1

Overall: WDC 0-3. Next: Highway 10 Invite, doubles at Staples, singles at Wadena 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.