FARGO — Wadena-Deer Creek’s Madison Packer is headed to the Class 1A state tournament as a section champion.

Packer knocked off near-by rival Lauren Rutten of Staples-Motley 7-5, 6-2 in the Section 8-1A individual tournament finals Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Fargo Courts Plus to become what is believed to be the first W-DC singles player to advance to state since 1997.

Rutten played a true second-place match and lost 6-4, 6-4 to finish third.

Packer opened the tournament with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Abby Morris of Park Rapids. Rutten topped Crookston’s Brekken Tull 6-2, 6-0.

Anna Fiemeyer and Corra Endres finished third in the doubles bracket. The W-DC duo fell to Crookston’s Emma Osborn-Emma Gunderson in the semifinals in three sets. The Wolverines’ pair rebounded with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over a Park Rapids team.

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Singles
Semifinals: Madison Packer (Wadena-Deer Creek) def. Abby Morris (Park Rapids) 6-4, 6-0; Lauren Rutten (Staples-Motley) def. Brekken Tull (Crookston) 6-2, 6-0
Finals: Packer def. Rutten 7-5, 6-2



Doubles
Semifinals: Emma Osborn-Emma Gunderson (Crookston) def. Anna Fiemeyer-Corra Endres (Wadena-Deer Creek) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Third-place match: Endres-Fiemeyer def. Mickey Clark-Macey Goochey (Park Rapids) 6-3, 6-1
Next: Class 1A State Individual Tournament at Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center, Minneapolis, 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.