Tennis takes Section 6A Championship

The proud Section 6A champions pose with their team trophy.

Pine City 7,  Eveleth-Gilbert 0

The Dragons traveled to Eveleth on Monday to play the Bears from Eveleth-Gilbert. The Dragons swept the Bears 7-0 and earned number one seed position.

“Our team has been building to the section play, the boys have put themselves in a great position,” said coach Rick Engelstad.

Singles results:

No. 1 - Parker Sell, Pine City def. Jared Delich, Eveleth-Gilbert, 6-4, 7-5

No. 2 - Dusty Bergstrom, Pine City def. Gavin Maki, Eveleth-Gilbert  6-4, 6-0

No. 3 - Nate Webster, Pine City def. Nick Beaudette, Eveleth-Gilbert, 6-2, 6-0

No. 4 - Mason Mikyska, Pine City def. Cole Anderson, Eveleth-Gilbert,  7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (1)

Doubles results:

No. 1 - Jake Adams - Alex Laven, Pine City def. Rob Licari - Noah Sandnas, Eveleth-Gilbert,  6-4, 6-3

No. 2 - Tanner Wicktor - Sully Lucht, Pine City def. Bryce Vest - Blaine Mortenson, Eveleth-Gilbert,  6-2, 6-0

No. 3 - Jared Carpenter - Peyton Smetana, Pine City def. Nathan Tassoni - Dylan Niemi, Eveleth-Gilbert,  6-0, 6-3

Pine City 7, New London-Spicer 0

The Section 6A team Semifinals and Finals were held Monday, May 20 at St. Cloud Apollo. In the Semifinals Pine City beat New London-Spicer 7-0 and Litchfield beat Foley 5-2. The Pine City Dragons played very solid tennis against New London-Spicer.

“They were ready to play and won in dominant fashion,” said coach Engelstad.

Section Semifinals singles results:

No. 1 - Parker Sell, Pine City def. Nicholas Rutledge, New London-Spicer, 6-1, 6-0

No. 2 - Dusty Bergstrom, Pine City def. Kaleb Smith, New London-Spicer, 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 - Nate Webster, Pine City def. Arthur Farhat, New London-Spicer, 6-1, 6-0

No. 4 - Derek Clementson, Pine City def. Logan Larson, New London-Spicer SR., 6-2, 6-0

Section Semifinals doubles results:

No. 1 - Jake Adams - Alex Laven, Pine City def. Jaden Zylstra - Wolzen Holland, New London-Spicer, 6-1, 6-3

No. 2 - Tanner Wicktor - Sully Lucht, Pine City def. Riley Pflipsen - Coltin Pflipsen, New London-Spicer, 6-3, 6-2

No. 3 - Peyton Smetana - Jared Carpenter, Pine City def. Ander Arnold - Kyle Denz, New London-Spicer, 6-1, 6-2

Pine City 6,  Litchfield 1

In the Finals it was a rematch of last year’s Finals. The Pine City Dragons versus the Litchfield Dragons. The Dragons of Pine City played their best match to date of the year.

“The boys were so focused and ready to play. They have had this motto of unfinished business – losing last year in the finals was a great motivator for them,” said coach Engelstad. “Up and down the line-up our young men really competed and set the tone early in the matches.”

The Dragons had a 6-1 win over Litchfield in the Finals.

Section Finals singles results:

No. 1  Parker Sell, Pine City def. Alex Draeger, Litchfield, 6-1, 6-0

No. 2  Nate Webster, Pine City def. Alex Gruenke, Litchfield, 6-4, 6-0

No. 3  Tanner Wicktor, Pine City def. Payton Prahl, Litchfield, 7-5, 6-3

No. 4 Logan Graphenteen, Litchfield def. George Miller, Pine City, 7-5, 7-5

Section Finals doubles results:

No. 1 - Jake Adams - Dusty Bergstrom, Pine City def. Ben Nelson - Tyson Michels, Litchfield, 6-4, 6-3

No. 2 - Alex Laven - Sully Lucht, Pine City def. Mason Woelfel - Braeden Olson, Litchfield, 6-1, 6-4

No. 3 - Peyton Smetana - Jared Carpenter, Pine City def. Aiden Nelson - Max Ceasar, Litchfield, 6-1, 6-0

Granite Ridge All-Conference tennis honors went to Parker Sell, Dusty Bergstrom, Jake Adams, Nate Webster and Tanner Wicktor.

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