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Jacks finish second at Pine City Invitational

The third doubles tandem of Jenna Lee and Olivia Dickinson captured second place at Monday's season-opening Pine City Invitational and that performance helped the Bemidji girls tennis team finish second in the eight-team field.

Official team scores were not announced but Blake won the every singles and doubles division plus the meet while the Lumberjacks were second in the team chase.

"Finishing second in this tournament, which included many higher-end Class A teams, is a good way to start the season," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "In terms of points scored we were happy with our performance. We saw many good things but we also saw things that we need to work on.

"Overall we headed home feeling good about where we are at right now," Fodness added.

Lee and Dickinson opened their tournament with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Pine City and a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Litchfield. In the championship match they lost to Blake 6-2, 6-2.

At first doubles Emma Nielson and Katie Ditmanson finished third, winning their opener 6-4, 6-2 over Staples, falling 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

to Blake and topping Mounds Park Academy 6-2, 6-0.

Also capturing third was MacKenzie Schultz at fourth singles. Schultz defeated Chantel Nivaud of Litchfield 6-1, 6-4, lost to Libby Rickeman of Blake 6-2, 6-1 but recovered to blister Rachel Kamath of Rochester Lourdes 6-0, 6-1.

Bemidji claimed the consolation championship in its other matches.

Jessica Solberg lost to Mounds Park Academy in her opener but recovered to defeat Alissa Holmgren of Litchfield 6-0, 6-3 and Mikayla Wing of Staples-Motley 1-6, 6-1, 7-3.

Amy Frosaker opened with a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Blake at second singles but defeated Danielle Gannon of Holy Family 6-4, 6-1 and Sondra Steele of Pine City 6-1, 6-2.

Claudia Bellew also dropped her first match at third singles, 6-3, 6-0 to Blake, but blanked Natalie Cahill of Pine City 6-0, 6-0 and stopped Jess Menden of Holy Family 6-3, 6-3.

Claire Baumgartner and Annika Johnson claimed the consolation crown at second doubles. They lost to Rochester Lourdes 6-2, 6-3 but defeated Pine City 1-6, 7-5, 7-2 and won their third match 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

The Lumberjacks resume their schedule Monday at the Brainerd Invitational.

Pine City Invitational

Bemidji's Results


Washington (Mounds Park Academy) def. Jessica Solberg 6-1, 6-0; Solberg def. Holmgren (Litchfield) 6-0, 6-3; Solberg def. Wing (Staples-Motley) 1-6, 6-1, 7-3

Fraley (Blake) def. Amy Frosaker 6-3, 6-0; Frosaker def. Gannon (Holy Family Catholic) 6-4, 6-1; Frosaker def. Steele (Pine City) 6-1, 6-2

Rickeman (Blake) def. Claudia Bellew 6-3, 6-0; Bellew def. Cahill (Pine City) 6-0, 6-0; Bellew def. Menden (Holy Family) 6-3, 6-3

MacKenzie Schultz (Bem) def. Nivaud (Litchfield) 6-1, 6-4; Rickeman (Blake) def. Schultz 6-2, 6-1; Schultz def. Kamath (Lourdes) 6-0, 6-1


Emma Nielson and Katie Ditmanson (Bem) def. O'Keefe and Woltlowe (Staples) 6-4, 6-2; Rudd and Fraley (Blake) def. Nielson and Ditmanson 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; Nielson and Ditmanson def. Croenquist and Chambers (Mounds Park Academy) 6-2, 6-0

Hanson and Alexander (Lourdes) def. Claire Baumgartner and Annika Johnson 6-2, 6-3; Baumgartner and Johnson def. Krautbauer and Rademacher (Pine City) 1-6, 7-5, 7-2; Baumgartner and Johnson won their third match 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

Jenna Lee and Olivia Dickinson (Bem) def. Fuger and Carpenter (Pine City) 6-0, 6-2; Lee and Dickinson def. Miller and Olson (Litchfield) 6-1, 6-0; Burdick and Schell (Blake) def. Lee and Dickinson 6-2, 6-2

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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