The Lumberjacks captured the fifth part title in program historical past Thursday afternoon in Brainerd, triumphant by a 5-2 rating over St. Cloud Tech within the Part 8AA championship.
“I’m very comfortable that this nice group of student-athletes was in a position to create such an important reminiscence,” BHS head coach Kyle Fodness stated. “The group coming house as part champions is a superb reward for them, however all of them agreed that their favourite a part of their expertise has been the time spent with the group, and that probably the most necessary components of their success within the playoffs has been their positivity and help for one another.”
After shuffling the lineup on Tuesday for a semifinal upset over Brainerd, North No. 2-seeded Bemidji returned to regular to shut out its good part run.
The South No. 2-seeded Tigers took the primary group level at No. 1 singles, however seniors Lexi Leitner and Nettie Kimble closed their Lumberjack careers with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 doubles. The 2 completed 11-2 as a tandem this 12 months.
“(They) set the tone with the primary win on the day and performed considered one of their stronger matches of the 12 months,” Fodness stated. “Nettie was robust everywhere in the court docket as we speak, and Lexi added robust baseline play alongside together with her normal athletic presence on the internet. They each capped nice careers with an necessary win to get momentum going for the remainder of the group.”
Chloe Hasbargen and Paige Anderson adopted go well with at No. 2 doubles, victorious by a 6-2, 6-0 margin to place BHS in entrance 2-1. The pairing produced a team-best 12-1 report collectively.
“Chloe and Paige adopted go well with and added one other good win to their tally this 12 months,” Fodness stated. “They proceed to go with one another extraordinarily nicely and made some nice strategic changes to seal the second set and their win. Each gamers have actually raised their video games all through the season in large matches, and so they did that once more as we speak.”
Emily Dondelinger then put Bemidji on the deliver of historical past together with her 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles.
And in the end, Margie Anderson and Mollie Rupp clinched the win at No. 3 doubles, successful 6-3, 6-3 for the coveted fourth group level.
“Mollie had gained the prior level by coming throughout the center for an important putaway on the internet, and Margie sealed the part championship with a backhand shot deep to the nook that their opponent despatched lengthy,” Fodness stated. “They had been necessary contributors this 12 months with nice group chemistry on the court docket, and so they have brilliant futures.”
Tatum Offerdahl then gained 7-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles for good measure. St. Cloud Tech gained at fourth singles for the group’s second level.
The Jacks gained’t advance to the state event, nonetheless. The Minnesota State Excessive College League canceled all play past part tournaments this fall attributable to coronavirus considerations.
Nonetheless, Bemidji finishes 13-1 on the season, together with six straight wins to shut the 12 months. Extra importantly, they comply with within the footsteps of the 1989, 1999, 2007 and 2008 groups and be a part of an unique membership as this system’s solely part champions.
Bemidji 5, St. Cloud Tech 2
No. 1: A. Tarrolly (SCT) def. Haugen, 6-1, 6-1
No. 2: Dondelinger (BHS) def. P. Tarrolly, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3: Offerdahl (BHS) def. Marohl, 7-6, 6-2
No. 4: Wilfrog (SCT) def. Neis, 6-1, 6-7, 10-3
No. 1: Leitner/Kimble (BHS) def. Donnelly/Starren, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2: Hasbergen/P. Anderson (BHS) def. Miller/Bauerly, 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: M. Anderson/Rupp (BHS) def. Brown/I. Anderson, 6-3, 6-3