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High School Roundup: Minnewaska Lakers capture West Central Conference tournament title

Minnewaska avenges a season-opening loss to Montevideo in 5-2 victory

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Competing at No. 1 singles, Minnewaska junior Alissa Thorfinnson hits a forehand shot from the baseline during Thursday's West Central Conference championship dual against Montevideo from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

MONTEVIDEO — In the opening dual of the season, Montevideo squeaked by Minnewaska at home.

However, during the West Central Conference championship, the Lakers exacted a bit of revenge.

Taking 3 of 4 singles matches and a pair of doubles matches, Minnewaska captured a 5-2 victory over the Thunder Hawks from Montevideo High School.

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Montevideo's Cami Myers lunges for a backhand groundstroke during her No. 2 singles match in Thursday's West Central Conference championship dual against Minnewaska from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

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The lone match to go three sets took place at No. 2 singles. Winning the first set easily, Lakers junior Addy Randt battled past Cami Myers 6-1, 4-6, 10-8. Her teammates Annika Randt and Leah Hagen won in straight sets at third and fourth singles, respectively.

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Playing at No. 1 doubles with teammate Olivia Richards, Minnewaska junior Maddie Thorfinnson elevates for a forehand shot from the baseline during Thursday's West Central Conference championship dual against Montevideo from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

At No. 1 doubles, the Lakers junior duo of Maddie Thorfinnson and Olivia Richards dropped just one game in their two-set win over Tyra Sandven and Emily Brace. Sophomore Grace Jensen and Olivia Bleick relinquished just two games in their win over Nina Fitzkappes and Annie Marquardt at third doubles.

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Playing at No. 1 doubles with teammate Tyra Sandven, Montevideo's Emily Brace hits a backhand shot near the net during Thursday's West Central Conference championship dual against Minnewaska from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

For the hosts, Kori Douglas breezed by Alissa Thorfinnson 6-2, 6-0 at the top of the singles lineup. Also, the team of Mathea Jorgenson and Abby Gremmels outlasted Ally Mogard and Zoey Elwood during a second-set tiebreak to take a two-set victory at No. 2 doubles.

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100220.S.WCT.Montevideo GTennis Tyra Sandven
Playing at No. 1 doubles with teammate Emily Brace, Montevideo's Tyra Sandven hits a backhand shot near the net during Thursday's West Central Conference championship dual against Minnewaska from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

WCC Tournament
Minnewaska 5,
Montevideo 2

Singles
(1) Kori Douglas, Monte, def Alissa Thorfinnson 6-2 6-0 (2) Addy Randt, Waska, def Cami Myers 6-1 4-6 10-8 (3) Annika Randt, Waska, def Lauren Kluver 6-2 6-4 (4) Leah Hagen, Waska, def Lauren Dehne 6-3 6-0
Doubles
(1) Maddie Thorfinnson/Olivia Richards, Waska, def Tyra Sandven/Emily Brace 6-1 6-0 (2) Mathea Jorgenson/Abby Gremmels, Monte, def Ally Mogard/Zoey Elwood 6-3 7-6 (9-7) (3) Grace Jensen/Olivia Bleick, Waska, def Nina Fitzkappes/Annie Marquardt 6-2 6-0

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Minnewaska senior Annika Randt hits a return shot from the baseline during her No. 3 singles match in Thursday's West Central Conference championship dual against Montevideo from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

LQPV/D-B 4,
Melrose 3

Fifth-seeded Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd prevailed to beat No. 7 Melrose in the West Central Conference tournament at Madison.

LQPV winds up in fifth place.

A key victory came at No. 4 singles. Hannah Oie of LQPV/D-B defeated Janessa Hoeschen 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Singles
(1) Katelyn Wittnebel, L, def. Reagan Mueller 6-1, 6-2 (2) Maddie Matthies, L, def. Alexis Baumann 6-3, 6-2 (3) Adeline Stalboerger, M, def. Kayla Jahn 6-3, 6-3 (4) Hannah Oie, L, def. Janessa Hoeschen 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Doubles
(1) Sarah Halvorson/Claire Lowry, L, def. Erika Hoppe/Emily Rieland 6-4, 6-1 (2) Jasmine Golla/Madison Baysinger, M, def. Kalie Boumann/Sadie Hacker 6-3, 6-3 (3) Jamie Klasen/Jessica Pohlmann, M, def. Taylen Jorgenson/Gerti Sieg 6-1, 5-7, 6-1

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Sauk Centre 5,
MACCRAY 2

Eighth-seeded Sauk Centre beat sixth-seeded MACCRAY in the West Central Conference Tournament match at Clara City.

Sauk Centre finishes seventh in the WCC;MACCRAY takes eighth.

MACCRAY’s victories came at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

At No. 3 singles, the Wolverines’ Hannah Delong beat Addy Hoffman 6-3, 6-3.

At No. 2 doubles, Morgan Essendrup and Ashlyn Schmidt led MACCRAY to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Lisa Weir and Kate McKeown.

Singles
(1) Audrey Zenzen, SC, def Haley Rhode 6-1 6-4 (2) Briana Middendorf, SC, def Raelee Bristle 6-1 6-2 (3) Hannah Delong, M, def Addy Hoffman 6-3 6-0 (4) Hailey Hokanson, SC, def Alex Dirksen 6-2 6-0
Doubles
(1) Julia Marthaler/Gaby Dickinson, SC, def Emma Rand/Tayte Nokleby 4-6 7-5 6-3 (2) Morgan Essendrup/Ashlyn Schmidt, M, def Lisa Wier/Kate McKeown 6-0 6-1 (3) Heidi Lieser/Avery Rieland, SC, def Lillian Farnsworth/Malinda Peterson 3-6 6-3 6-4

Central Lakes
Willmar 6,
Rocori 1

Fifth-seeded Willmar knocked off sixth-seeded Rocori in a Central Lakes Conference tournament match at Willmar Senior High School.

The Cardinals swept singles, though No. 2 player Ashley Pitzen had a tough 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Adeline Loesch.

A Rocori highlight was at No. 3 doubles. Mackenzie Galazen and Teanna Horn beat the Cardinals’ Rebecca Laurence and Kylee Berget 7-6 (3), 1-6, 10-8.

Singles
(1) Alyssa Morrell, W, def Kathryn Headlee 6-1 6-3 (2) Ashley Pitzen, W, def Adeline Loesch 1-6 7-5 7-5 (3) Kessa Marra, W, def Katie Kaluza 6-3, 6-0 (4) Allison Bruhn, W, def Kaylene Andrusic 6-1 7-5
Doubles
(1) Caroline Becker/Adali Laidlaw, W, def Shelby Gardin/Kirsten Wieling 6-3 6-1 (2) Alise Staebell/Ashlie Staebell, W, def Ayla Vettelson/Abby Jopp 6-3 6-4 (3) Mackenzie Galazen/Teanna Horn, R, def Rebecca Laurence/Kylee Berget 7-6 (3) 1-6 10-8

Wright County
NLS 5,
Annandale 2

Shannon Monson’s victory at No. 4 singles was one of several big wins for New London-Spicer in its home victory over Annandale.

Monson beat Alicia Langbehn 6-2, 6-1.

“Shannon Monson was a machine at (No.) 4 singles,’ NLS head coach Chad Schmiesing said. “She has looked great since moving to that position.”

Singles
(1) Jennah Groth, A, def. Ava Hanson 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 (2) Izzy Schimiesing, N, def. Faith Simon 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3 (3) Olivia Honsey, A, def. Mya Mayhew 6-0, 6-1 (4) Shannon Monson, N, def. Alicia Langbehn 6-2, 6-1
Doubles
(1) Kamryn Quenemoen/Ellie Hanson, N, def. Jillian Kulm/Ella Yeager 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 (2) Morgan Rolighed/Sadie Hatlestad, N, Josie Hillestad/Kate Jonas 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 (3) Jordan Proehl/Delaney Hanson, N, Kenzie Adams/Rilee Norgren 6-2, 6-4

100220.S.WCT.Minnewaska GTennis Ally Mogard
Playing at No. 2 doubles with teammate Zoey Elwood, Minnewaska freshman Ally Mogard hits a backhand shot during Thursday's West Central Conference championship dual against Montevideo from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

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