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BHS tennis team defends title at Crookston

The Bemidji High tennis team successfully defended its title Saturday at the Crookston Invitational.

Bemidji ended with 31 points to 27 for runner up Hibbing. East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls completed the top four positions in the eight-team field.

Bemidji put its title on the line Monday at the Lake Hubert Invitational at Brainerd and will open its home season Thursday hosting Grand Rapids at 4:30.

It took the Saturday title on depth on a day it was missing two doubles starters, Anna Lintelmann and Katie Ditmanson .

The champs took only two titles but finished second in four other brackets and took the consolation title at No. 1 singles.

On the day, Bemidji tennis players went a combined 16-5.

The meet was delayed three hours by rain but got in all scheduled matches before it ended.

Kenzie Kane remained unbeaten with the title at No. 3 singles, needing a tiebreaker to take her opener over Katie McLaughlin of Hibbing, then following with straight set victories, beating Lilly Mankie of East Grand 6-2, 6-0 in the title match.

Haley Pollock and Emma Nielsen teamed to take the No. 2 doubles title with pair of 6-1 wins over Allie Girtz and Karly Dickinson of Park Rapids in the final. They too needed a tiebreaker win over Crookston in their first match.

Cortne Solberg reached the final at No. 2 singles before losing to Megan Johnson of Hibbing in straight sets.

Young Taylor Kane also gained the final at No. 4, bowing to Andrea Dickman of EGF 7-5., 6-3.

At No. 1 doubles, Jess Solberg and Mackenzie Schultz scored a tiebreaker win in their first match and an extended 2-0 win in their second before falling to Crookston 6-4, 6-2 in the title round.

At No. 3 doubles, the pair of Andrea Long Voelkner and Amy Frosaker used a tiebreaker in the semifinals to gain the championship match where they fell to Hibbing in a tiebreaker to finish second.

Jamie Hoffman lost to an old nemesis Jessamy Jones of East Grand 5-7. 6-4 (7-5) in the opening round before coming back with two one sided triumphs to take the consolation title at No. 1 singles.

Hibbing took the No. 1 and 2 singles ann. No. 3 doubles crowns. EGF and Crookston each won one.