Friday's local clipboard: Senior High wins Section 8A girls tennis title
EGF wins section: East Grand Forks Senior High downed Park Rapids 5-2 on Friday to win the Minnesota Section 8A team title at Courts Plus in Fargo.
With the win, Senior High qualifies for the state tournament for the first time in program history.
"I've had a feeling for a while with this team that they would pull this off," said Senior High coach Kyle Hanson. "Our whole lineup has had a great ability to win close matches. In tennis, it is hard to learn how to win, but when you do it seems to just keep building and building. That's what has
been going on for these girls.
"This championship match was going to be a slugfest and it lived up to it, having three
matches go into third sets. When we lost to them earlier this year we were a bit
shorthanded and yet played them close. We were thinking that our doubles could
give us wins so we kept our better players split there. Park Rapids went singles
heavy and so did we."
Senior High's Brynn Havis and Katelyn Farder won at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.
The Green Wave swept the doubles competition.
Mckenna Aitchison and Aleah Hangsleben won at No. 1 doubles; Delaney Aaker and Kendal Rand won at No. 2; and Kate Johnson and Thea Haaven-Farstad won at No. 3.
Central, Red River players advance: Grand Forks Central, which won the state tennis team title on Thursday, advanced to players to the semifinal round of the singles competition on Friday at Choice Health.
Grand Forks Central's Gary Wu, the top seeded player from the East Region, won both of his matches to advance to today's semifinal round, where he will meet Mason Pitcher of Bismarck Century.
Central's Logan Sandberg also reached the semifinals with two wins. He will meet the West Region's top seed, Bismarck Legacy's Michael Janes.
Central and Grand Forks Red River each advanced a doubles team to today's semifinal round
Central's Cole Spicer and Braden Panzer reached the semifinals as did Red River's team of Kaden Johnson and Jack Lindgren.
Polk County West 21, Walker-H-A 12: Polk County West improved to 5-2 with a road win Friday despite playing with a limited lineup.
"We were missing four starters to start the game and six by the end of the game,'' Thunder coach Darrin Byklum said. "The kids really gutted it out. We were very pleasantly surprised by the way some of the guys who didn't have varsity experience stepped up and played well.''
Jon Fontaine rushed for 104 yards and a 13-yard touchdown to lead the PCW ground game. Trea Byklum, filling in at quarterback, attempted only three passes. He completed them all for 139 yards, including big-play passes to Gabe Walters (79 yards) and Evan Sczepanski (53 yards).
"We had some long, sustained drives,'' Darring Byklum said. "We were running the ball well. And Trea threw some long passes and we were getting yards after the catch.''
Valley City 3, GF Central 0: Macy Olstad had 12 kills as visiting Valley City swept Grand Forks Central 25-17, 25-20, 25-14 on Friday night.
Megan Peck's seven kills and Aubrea Lommen's 18 assists paced the Knights, who dropped to 3-24 overall and 0-14 in the East Region.
GF Red River 3, Fargo South 0: Karlie Robson's 15 kills led Grand Forks Red River to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-22 sweep of visiting Fargo South on Friday.
Kaylee Lancaster added eight kills, Ashlee Welch had five aces and eight assists and Alex Page had four kills and three aces to aid the Roughriders.