BEMIDJI -- Seventy-eight tennis players from around the region converged on Bemidji to participate in the Lumberjack Open tennis tournament July 13-14, held at Bemidji High School and Bemidji Middle School.
Bemidji players won championships in eight of the 11 divisions, including a clean sweep by the Lumberjack girls.
In the girls singles navy division (players playing first or second singles during the high school season), Bemidji’s Savannah Haugen defeated Jordan Troumbly of Grand Rapids for first place.
Emily Dondelinger defeated Darby Neis 6-4, 6-3 in an all-Bemidji final to win the girls singles silver division crown (players playing third or fourth singles during the high school season).
At the middle school level, Margie Anderson topped Madi Jensen 6-3, 7-5 in another all-Bemidji final.
In girls doubles, Haugen and Dondelinger collected their second championship medal of the tournament in the 18U championship by disposing of Grand Rapids’ Troumbly and Courtney Brandt 6-4, 6-0.
In 16U, the BHS duo of Paige Anderson and Chloe Hasbargen defeated the BHS duo of Lexi Leitner and Nettie Kimble 1-6, 6-4, (10-4).
And finally, at 14U, Bemidji’s Ella Klovstad-Morgan Nyhusmoen tandem avenged a round-robin loss to Thief River Falls’ Paige Weets and Ingrid Anderson with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 triumph in the championship.
On the boys side, Lumberjacks came out as winners in both doubles divisions.
Silas Hess and Wyatt Harrom defeated high school allies EJ Guida and Logan Mitchell 6-4, 7-5 and East Grand Forks’ Josiah Gehrls and Derek Urness 6-1, 6-0 to claim the 18U championship.
The 14U crown, meanwhile, went to Jon Feda and Matt Matheney, who defeated fellow Bemidjians Leo Mathews and Carter Fish 6-4, 6-1.
For boys singles, Palisade, Minn., native James Much topped the navy division field for the championship. In the silver division, Aitkin’s Ben Harris won the title. And, at the middle school level, Asher Green of Grand Forks, N.D., defeated Carson Knutson of EGF 7-5, 6-0 in the championship.