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Kraemer, Minnewaska duos advance to state

Osakis’ Taylor Kraemer has been an anchor in the singles lineup for the Silverstreaks all season, and she proved to be the best in the Section 6A field by a wide margin this week.

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Kraemer will go with Osakis to the Class A state team tournament and now as a singles player after winning the 6A individual tournament on Tuesday evening. Joining her from the 6A field is Sauk Centre’s Bethany Ellis and the Minnewaska duos of Jada Hoffman and Ellen Stensrud and Rachel Riley and Makenna Hanson in the doubles tournament.

Kraemer never dropped a game through her two matches on Tuesday on her way to the championship. The senior beat Maggie Buyck of Benson-KMS in the semifinals before downing Ellis in the finals. Both those came by scores of 6-0, 6-0.

Hoffman and Stensrud went through Osakis’ Katie Anderson and Alexa Hoffarth in the semifinals by a 6-2, 7-5 score. They then took care of their teammates 6-2, 6-2 to win the doubles championship. Riley and Hanson secured their spot at state with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Melrose’s Grace Brang and Madison Rausch in the semifinals.

Hoffman and Stensrud will face off against Katelyn Rice and Alexia Brascugli of Eveleth-Gilbert in the first round of the state doubles tournament on October 24 at 10 a.m. Riley and Hanson will battle Katie Tlusty and Anna Hoehn of Waseca at the same date and time.

Kraemer will take on Eva Sullivan of Providence Academy in the opening round of the singles competition at 8 a.m. All the matches will be played at the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

SECTION 6A INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT SINGLES – Osakis – Kraemer def. Myranda Thoen (MAHS), 6-0, 6-0; Kraemer def. Jailyn Brinkman (MEL), 6-2, 6-0; Kraemer def. Buyck, 6-0, 6-0; Kraemer def. Ellis, 6-0, 6-0; Hannah Baker (O) def. Regan Biss (WCA), 6-1, 6-0; Elisha Engelmeyer (MEL) def. Baker, 6-4, 6-1

MINNEWASKA – Hannah Freske (MAHS) def. Renee Warren (PP), 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, 6-1; Ellis (SC) def. Freske, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)

WCA – Lauryn McLaughlin (WCA) def. Elizabeth Wippler (PP), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); Buyck def. McLaughlin, 7-5, 6-4

DOUBLES – OSAKIS – Anderson/Hoffarth def. Kendra Dingmann/Melanie Reese (B-KMS), 6-2, 6-0; Anderson/Hoffarth def. Brooklyn Levin/Abby Ecker (LPGE), 6-3, 6-2; Hoffman/Stensrud def. Anderson/Hoffarth, 6-2, 7-5; Katelyn Foster/Peyton Garcia (O) def. Carly Gullickson/Kjersa Anderson (MRA), 6-0, 6-2; Brang/Rausch def. Foster/Garcia, 6-4, 6-1

WCA – Levin/Ecker (LPGE) def. Dawn Cleveland/Brittany Randt, 6-4, 6-3; Brang/Rausch (MEL) def. Marissa Hayward/McKenna Blehr, 6-0, 6-0

MINNEWASKA – Hoffman/Stensrud def. Vogel/Cardwell (MRA), 6-0, 6-3; Hoffman/Stensrud def. Meyer/Kennedy (MEL), 6-3, 6-1; Hoffman/Stensrud def. Anderson/Hoffarth, 6-2, 7-5; Hoffman/Stensrud def. Riley/Hanson, 6-2, 6-2; Riley/Hanson def. Rick/Meyer (SC), 6-1, 6-2; Riley/Hanson def. Zniewski/Rajewski (B-KMS), 7-5, 6-4; Riley/Hanson def. Brang/Rausch, 6-3, 6-3

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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