Senior Sam Weaver and junior Ben Holter carry the Bemidji Lumberjacks banner to the state tennis meet today when they begin play at 10 a.m. at the University of Minnesota Tennis Center.
The Bemidji tandem will face Luke Bastiansen and Thiago Mersch of Minnetonka in the opening round match. Win or lose, they play again at 2 against the winner or loser of a match between Edina and Hibbing with the Edina twosome a heavy favorite over their Iron Range opponents.
As is frequently the case, the Weaver-Holter tandem was put together in late season geared to the sub-section and section meets.
The pair played No. 1 and 2 singles most of the spring with Weaver finishing 10-7 at No. 1 and Holter 16-2 at No. 2.
Together they have developed rapidly to take an 8-3 mark to the state meet. After barely reaching the section with a fourth place finish at the north sub-section meet, they swept three straight matches to take the section title.
They are the first Bemidji boys to reach the state since Austin Seaverson and Peder Engelstad completed a three year run in doubles in 2002, claiming fourth place their final two seasons.
They dropped their first match in 2000 when there was no consolation bracket, then went 1-2 in the next two years.
Edina and Rochester Mayo reached the final of the Class AA team event Tuesday.
Top ranked Edina beat Eagan 7-0 and Mounds View 6-1.
Mayo ousted Elk River 6-1 and Wayzata 6-1.
Other first round winners were Mounds View over Mahtomedi 5-2 and Wayzata over Duluth East 7-0.
Consolation semifinals found Eagan besting Mahtomedi 7-0 am Elk River shading East 4-3.The first, third and fifth place matches were played yesterday.