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Bemidji heads to Sartell for Section 8-2A individual tournament

BEMIDJI - After enduring last week’s Section 8-2A team tournament and finishing second to St. Cloud Tech the Bemidji girls tennis players return to Sartell today and Saturday for the individual tournament.

The top two doubles teams and top two singles players will advance to the state meet and BHS coach Mark Fodness expects that some of his athletes could be in the hunt for the trip to the Twin Cities.

“On any given day any of the top four ranked teams and players can do well,” the coach said. “And until somebody shows us otherwise, I think we have a good chance to advance some of our girls.”

Bemidji’s best shot at a state trip in singles play is Jessica Solberg who is seeded second in the North Sub-Section. Solberg will open her tournament today against unseeded Rosemary Hunter of Brainerd.

Joining Solberg in singles action will be Kenzie Schultz who drew Ellie Bergstrand of Detroit Lakes, the No. 4 seed from the North.

In doubles action, Bemidji’s top duo of Olivia Dickinson and Annika Johnson is seeded No. 3 in the North and will open against Moorhead’s Mallory Smith and Anna Steinwand.

In the upper bracket the Jacks are represented by Amy Frosaker and Claudia Bellew, a pair of singles players who joined forces for the section doubles tournament.

They will open against Livi Sigen and Madi Neuleib of Fergus Falls.

“Predicting the individual results, especially in doubles, is very difficult,” Fodness said. “Many teams have singles players join for doubles and, just because they are good singles players, doesn’t mean that they will become a good doubles team.

“But I do like our chances with both of our doubles teams,” the coach added.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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