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Girls' tennis: Osakis advances three to state in tennis

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The Osakis tennis team will add three players to the individual portion of the Class A tennis tournament next week after Taylor Kraemer, Sabrina Zimmel and Janna Juntunen punched their tickets on Tuesday.

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The Silverstreaks, who will go to state as a team for the first time since 1997, were well represented in the individual 6A tournament. Zimmel and Juntunen teamed up in the doubles tournament and finished as the runner-up.

Kraemer did the same in singles as she cruised through to the finals before falling to Kimmy Mrozek of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Juntunen and Kraemer are cousins who will be joined at the state tournament by another cousin in Brainerd's Kayla Kraemer. All three will be competing in the individual and team portion of the tournament.

Zimmel and Juntunen got to the finals in section play with three straight-set wins. They beat LPGE-USA's Sara Roerick and Megan Tschida 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in the semis before coming up short against Sauk Centre's Kady Buschette and Mariah Rieland in the finals. That championship match went back and forth before the Sauk Centre duo won in a thriller, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Kraemer also won in straight sets in the first two rounds before running into second-seeded Brenna Warren of Parkers Prairie in the semifinals. Kraemer came in as the third seed but needed just two sets to advance with a 6-4, 6-0 victory.

Mrozek was the top seed in the singles portion of the tournament, and she played like it in the finals. The Thunder's senior captain took every one of her matches in straight sets, including a 6-1, 6-3 win over Kraemer in the championship.

Osakis will be well represented at state when the tournament kicks off next week. The Silverstreaks are a perfect 21-0 through the section tournament and ranked No. 4 in the Class A polls. The team portion of the tournament runs from October 25-26 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis, while the individual tournament kicks off the following day.

SECTION 6A INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

SINGLES - OSAKIS - Taylor Kraemer - first round - def. Hannah Freske (Minnewaska), 6-2, 6-0; Quarterfinals - Kraemer (O) def. Grace Brang (Melrose), 6-3, 6-2; Semifinals - Kraemer (O) def. Brenna Warren (PP), 6-4, 6-0; Finals - Kimmy Mrozek (LPGE) def. Kraemer, 6-1, 6-3; First round - Tonya Hetland (O) def. Katherine Wippler (PP), 6-4, 6-1; Quarterfinals - Hailey Brinkman (Melrose) def. Hetland, 6-0, 7-5

PARKERS PRAIRIE - Brenna Warren - First round - Warren def. Bethany Ellis (SC), 7-5, 6-2; Quarterfinals - Warren (PP) def. Jasmyn Sutton (WCA), 6-1, 6-3; Semifinals - Kraemer (O) def. Warren, 6-4, 6-0; Third-place match - Hailey Brinkman (Melrose) def. Warren, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Katherine Wippler - First round - Hetland (O) def. Wippler, 6-4, 6-1

WCA - Jasmyn Sutton - First round - Nikki Szech (LP) def. Sutton, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2; Krista Paulson - First round - Bethany Ellis (SC) def. Paulson, 6-1, 6-1

MINNEWASKA - Jada Hoffman - First round - Grace Brang (Melrose) def. Hoffman, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5; Hannah Freske - First round - Kraemer (O) def. Freske, 6-2, 6-0

DOUBLES - OSAKIS - Sabrina Zimmel/Janna Juntunen - First round - Zimmel/Juntunen (O) def. Alayna McLaughlin/Savanna Westrom (WCA), 6-1, 6-1; Quarterfinals - Zimmel/Juntunen (O) def. Abbey Schultz/Laura Geisenhof (LPGE), 6-0, 6-3; Semifinals - Zimmel/Juntunen (O) def. Sara Roerick/Megan Tschida (LPGE), 7-6 (8-6), 6-2; Finals - Kady Buschette/Mariah Rieland (SC) def. Zimmel/Juntunen, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Alex Anderson/Lauren Silbernick - First round - (O) def. Michaela Wurms/Christina Schulzentenberg (Mel), 6-2, 6-1; Quarterfinals - Buschette/Rieland (SC) def. Silbernick/Anderson, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

PARKERS PRAIRIE - Brittany Shircliff/Renee Warren - First round - Shircliff/Warren (PP) def. Sarah Freske/Makenna Hanson (Minn), 6-1, 6-0; Quarterfinals - Emily Hellermann/Kayla Uphus (Mel) def. Shircliff/Warren, 6-3, 6-1; Melany Arceneau/Kaitlyn Kastner - First round - Sara Roerick/Megan Tschida (LPGE) def. Arceneau/Kastner, 6-2, 6-0

WCA - Carlie Loeks/Regan Biss - First round - Hellermann/Uphus (Melrose) def. Loeks/Biss, 6-3, 6-2; Alayna McLaughlin/Savanna Westrom - Play-in round - McLaughlin/Westrom (WCA) def. Renae Mullins/Kjerson Anderson, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3; First round - Juntunen/Zimmel (O) def. McLaughlin/Westrom, 6-1, 6-1

MINNEWASKA - Sarah Freske/Makenna Hanson - First round - Shircliff/Warren (PP) def. Freske/Hanson, 6-1, 6-0; Ellen Stensrud/Rachel Riley - First round - Stensrud/Riley (Minn) def. Kelsey Hammerschmidt/Hannah Ricard (BK), 6-2, 6-1; Quarterfinals - Sara Roerick/Megan Tschida (LPGE) def. Stensrud/Riley, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1

Follow #AlexMN @EchoPress Sports Reporter Eric Morken on Twitter at @echo_sports.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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