The Bemidji High tennis team vaulted into its new season in high style Monday, finishing a close second to Mounds Park Academy at the Pine City Invitational.
It will play its second tournament Saturday at Crookston and closes this portion of its year Monday at the Brainerd Invitational.
Mounds Park, which took the title over Bemidji by 11 points last year, won with 28 points to 26 for Bemidji with Blake School and Staples-Motley tied for third at 25.
Rochester Lourdes' state champions were fourth at 19 with Holy Family, Litchfield and host Pine City far in arrears.
Bemidji won two titles, finished second once, third twice and added a fifth and sixth.
Six of the 11 Bemidji players were seeing their first taste of varsity action
"The kids were amazing," said Coach Scott Leindecker. "They really surprised their coach.."
Of the three seconds and thirds, two came against Mounds Park at No. 1 and 2 singles. The other was to Blake at No. 2 doubles.
Kenzie Kane, who ended 29-2 as an eighth grader last fall, picked up where she left off in 2008, taking the No. 3 singles title with three straight set wins. She was pressed only in the final, beating Mounds Park's Kate Roach 7-6, 6-3.
The trio of Anna Lintelmann, Amy Frosaker and Mackenzie Schultz took the No. 3 doubles crown, again pressed only in the final in winning over Staples 7-6 (7-0), 7-5.
Emma Nielsen and Katie Ditmanson reached the final at No. 2 doubles in straight set wins before falling to Blake 7-5, 63 in the title match.
Jamie Hoffman and Cortne Solberg were victims of the draw in the No. 1 and 2 singles, bowing to Mounds Park' champions in the semifinals. Both came back to claim third, Hoffman 6-1, 6-0 over Pine City and Solberg 6-3m 6-4 over Staples.
Seventh grader Taylor Kane won the consolation title at No. 4 singles losing to Blake in the first round before beating Litchfield and Holy Family in her next two starts, She took the fifth place match 4-6, 6-3 (7-4).
Jess Solberg and Haley Pollock were sixth at No. 1 doubles, bowing to Mounds Park in their opener and Rochester Lourdes in the fifth place match around a tiebreaker win over Pine City.
Bemidji ended 9-3 in singles and 6-3 in doubles for a 15-6 finish, one match better than the 14-7 finish in 2008.
Team totals: Mounds Park Academy 28, Bemidji 26, Blake and Staples-Motley 25, Rochester Lourdes 19, Holy Family 8, Litchfield 6, Pine City 3
No. 1 Singles
Shannon Johnson, PC defeated Ellie Black, Lit. 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)
Tess Perese, Blk. defeated Courtney Rust, RL 6-2, 7-6
Jamie Hoffman, Bem. defeated Abby Edin, S-M 6-3,6 -
Taylor Washington, MPA defeaftedKelby Thane, HF 6-0, 6-1
Perese defeated Johnson 6-3, 6-1; Washington defeated Hoffman 6-2, 6-0
Washington defeated Perese 6-2, 6-2
Hoffman defeated Johnson 6-1, 6-0
Rust defeated Black 6-4, 6-0; Edin defeated Thane 6-0, 6-0; Rust defeated Edin 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 Singles
Caroline Gagne, Blk, defeated Linsey LeClair, PC 6-0, 6-1
Skye Coughlin, S-M defeated Brittany Berning, Lit. 6-0. 6-4
Amber Washington, MPA defeated Margaret Pearson, RL 6-2, 6-0
Cortne Solberg, Bem. defeated Isabelle Tompkins, HF 6-0, 6-0
Gagne defeated Coughlin 6-, 6-1; Washington defeated Solberg 6-1, 6-0
Washington defeated Gagne 6-1, 6-1
Solberg defeated Coughlin 6-3, 6-1
Berning defeated LeClaire 6-2, 6-4; Pearson defeated Tompkins 6-0, 6-1; Pearson defeated Berning 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Singles
Andrea Koskiniemi, S-M defeated Erin Pargeral, PC 6-0, 6-1
Kate Roach, MPA defeated Atora Owens, Blk. 6-3, 6-3
Cortney Hallanan, HF defeated Maren Haugo, Lit. 7-6, 4-6 (7-5)
Kenzie Kane, Bem. defeated Sofia Terzic, RL 6-1, 6-1
Roach defeated Koskiniemi 6-1, 6-1; Kane defeated Hallahan 6-0, 6-1
Kane defeated Roach 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
Koskiniemi defeated Hallahan 6-3, 6-1
Owens defeated Pargeral 6-1, 6-1; Terzic defeated Haugo 7-6, 6-2; Owens defeated Terzic 6-1,6-1
N0. 4 Singles
Molly Brown, MPA defeated Brooke Olson, PC 6-2, 6-0
Mikayla Wing, S-M defeated Allison Wickman, HF 6-4, 6-2
Steph Stahl, Blk. Defeated Taylor Kane, Bem..61, 6-3
Veronica Granda, RL defeated Rachel Fredman, Lit. 6-2, 6-2
Wing defeated Brown 6-3, 6-4; Granda defeated Jane Fraley, Blk 602. 5-7.(7-4)
Wing defeated Granda, default
Brown defeated Hannah Falvey, Blk. 6-2, 6-1
Wickman defeated Olson 6-2, 6-1; Kane defeated Fredman 6-4, 6-2; Kane defeated Wickman 4-6, 6-4 (74)
No. 1 Doubles
Michelle Wichoff and Caroline Kellogg, HF defeated Kayla Weiss and Jamie Dickey, PC 6-3, 6-1
Lena Zagar and Emma Ide, MPA defeated Jessica Solberg and Haley Pollock, Bem. 6-1, 6-2
Emma Koskiniemi and Caitlin Robinson, S-M defeated Kristen Brandhagen and Brittany Alexander, RL 6-2, 6-3
Broberg and Hal, Blk. defeated Anna Johnson and Alissa Holmgren, Lit. 6-2, 6-1
MPA defeated Holy Family 6-0, 6-4; S-M defeated Blake 6-4, 6-4
S-M defeated MPA 7-5, default
Blake defeated Holy Family 6-2, 6-0
Bemidji defeated Pine City 6-2., 4-6 (7-1); Lourdes defeated :Litchfield 7-6, 6-1; Lourdes defeated Bemidji 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles
Emma Nielsen and Katie Ditmanson, Bem. defeated Brianna Long and Kostie Bremer, PC 6-3, 6-2
Megan Jens and Annie Wente, RL defeated Adrianna Branzen and Lexi Lynch, HF 6-4, 7-6
Kendra Hart and Alex Roberts, MPA defeated Kristen Solbrock and Becky Farmer, Lit. 6-2, 6-1
Carpenter and Rickman, Blk, defeated Ashley Lisson and Samantha Hill, S-M 6-3,6-0
Bemidji defeated Lourdes 6-4, 6-1; Blake defeated MPA 3-6, 6-1 (7-5)
Blake defeated Bemidji 7-5, 6-3
Lourdes defeated MPA 7-6, 4-6 (7-5)
Holy Family defeated Pine City 6-2, 6-2; Staples-Motley defeated Litchfield 6-3, 6-2; Staples-Motley defeated Holy Family 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Doubles
Lucy Hanson and Rachel Morica, RL defeated Kathryn Cahill and Beth Maki, PC 6-1, 6-1
Anna Lintelmann and Amy Frosaker, Bem. defeated Katy Johnson and Emma Lemke, Lit. 6-1, 6-3
Potuznik and Burke, Blk. defeated Leah Podergois and Stephanie Kierkviet, HF 6-0, 6-3
Kelly Hagensen and Anne Gillespie S -M defeated Mackenzie Milton and Chelsea Karts, MPA 4-6, 6-3 (7-4)
Lintelmann and Mackenzie Schultz, Bem. defeated Lourdes 6-2, 6-0; Staples defeated Blake 3-6, 7-5 (8-6)
Schultz and Frosaker, Bem. defeated Staples 7-6 (7-0), 7-5
Blake defeated Lourdes 6-3, 6-2
Litchfield defeated Pine City 6-2, 6-0
MPA defeated Holy Family 2-6, 6-3 (7-4); MPA defeated Litchfield 6-3, 7-5