Osakis 8th-grader Leah Maddock secures her first trip to the singles state tournament

A win in a true-second place match against teammate, Mara VanNyhuis, helped Leah Maddock to a runner-up finish in Section 6A.

Osakis’ Leah Maddock played second singles for the Silverstreaks all season as an 8th-grader. On Tuesday, she proved she should move nicely into the No. 1 singles spot for Osakis for years to come.

Maddock will play in her first singles Class A state tournament on Oct. 28 at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis after taking second in the Section 6A Tournament.

That spot at state came down to a battle of teammates as Maddock and senior Mara VanNyhuis played in a true-second match that Maddock won by a 7-5, 6-0 final.

Ryanna Steinhaus, the eventual section champion from Litchfield, opened up the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Maddock. VanNyhuis won her semifinal match in a 6-2, 6-3 decision against Isla Dille of Litchfield.

Maddock won her third-place match against Dille by a 6-2, 6-3 final, and Steinhaus’ 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 win over VanNyhuis in the championship set up the true-second-place match between Osakis teammates for that spot at state.


The first round of the Class A singles tournament is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Oct. 28. The quarterfinals start at noon that same day, while the semifinals and third and first-place matches in the tournament will take place on Oct. 29.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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