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Tennis: Osakis sees some success on day one of the Section 6A Individual Tournament; Minnewaska's season ends

Top-seeded Leah Maddock of Osakis went 2-0 in the singles bracket on day one of the Section 6A Individual Tournament, while the fifth-seeded team of Ellie George and Madeline Anderson did the same in the doubles bracket. Minnewaska had some wins but no individual advanced to the semifinals.

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Osakis senior Ellie George serves during her and teammate Madeline Anderson's win at No. 1 doubles against Minnewaska on Sept. 29, 2022. George/Anderson went 2-0 on day one of the Section 6A doubles tournament on Oct. 12, 2022, and advanced to the semifinals.
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The Osakis girls tennis program had a solid outing on day one of the Section 6A individual tournament on Wednesday in Rogers with freshman Leah Maddock advancing to the singles semifinals and fifth-seeded Ellie George and Madeline Anderson advancing in the doubles tournament.

Maddock took care of business with wins in straight sets of Sauk Centre’s Lydia Peterson and Litchfield’s Kaitlyn Palmer. Maddock will face the No. 4 seed, Mya Mayhew of New London-Spicer, on Oct. 18 in Rogers.

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Osakis freshman Leah Maddock hits a low shot during her win at No. 1 singles over Minnewaska's Megan Thorfinnson on Sept. 29, 2022. Maddock went 2-0 in day one of the Section 6A Individual tournament on Oct. 12, 2022, and advanced to the singles semifinals.
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Maddock, a freshman, made the Class A state singles tournament last year.

Freshman Bella Weisser, the No. 11 seed, lost the first set of her match against the No. 6 seed Emily Rieland (Melrose) but battled back to win the match in three sets.

Weisser was eliminated by three-seeded Isla Dille of Litchfield in straight sets. Dille meets second-seeded Hailey Hokanson in a singles semifinal match.

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The team of George, a senior, and Anderson, a junior, began their day with wins in straight sets of Melrose’s Madison Baysinger/Anessa Redepenning. George and Anderson then defeated their teammates, Larissa and Bria Hoffarth.

Larissa, a senior and Bria Hoffarth, a junior, defeated Skylar Knight and Izzy Graham of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the opening round with a win in straight sets.

George and Anderson will face top-seeded Karlee Prahl and Ryanna Steinhaus of Litchfield in the semifinals.

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Osakis' Madeline Anderson rushes to hit a shot in front of the net during her and Ellie George's match against Minnewaska on Sept. 29, 2022. Anderson and George went 2-0 in the doubles bracket of day one of the Section 6A Individual Tournament on Oct. 12, 2022.
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The top two finishers in the doubles and singles will advance to the Class A state tournament.

In the other doubles semifinals, it’ll be No. 3 seed Delaney Hansen/Brooke Adelman (New London-Spicer) and the No. 2 seed Lauren Erickson/Olivia Olson (Litchfield).

Both teams got to the semifinals by beating a Minnewaska doubles team.

Seniors Zoey Elwood/Grace Jensen, the No. 7 seed, began the day with a close two-set win over BBE’s Tiyana Schwinghammer/Presley Defloff (the No. 10 seed). Elwood/Jensen lost to Erickson/Olson of Litchfield in straight sets.

Minnewaska sophomore Syndey Dahl and senior Olivia Bleick defeated the 11th-seeded team of Addy Hoffman/Emma Klaphake of Sauk Centre in straight sets, but lost to Hanson/Adelman in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

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Minnewaska’s Alia Randt and Megan Thorfinnson each won a match in the singles tournament but were eliminated with a quarterfinal loss.

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Minnewaska's Alia Randt hits a shot over the net during a match against Osakis on Sept. 29, 2022. Randt, a freshman, went 1-1 at the Section 6A Individual Tournament on Oct. 12, 2022.
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Randt, a freshman who was the No. 7 seed, beat the No. 10 seed Alexis Baumann of Melrose in straight sets but lost to Hokanson in three sets.

Thorfinnson, the No. 5 seed, defeated the No. 12 Nina Hochenauer of St. John’s Prep in straight sets before falling to Mayhew.

The Section 6A individual tournament continues and concludes at the Rogers Tennis Club on Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.

SINGLES -

OSAKIS - No. 1 - Leah Maddock (O) def. No. 16 Lydia Peterson (SC) 6-0, 6-0; No. 1 - Leah Maddock (O) def. No. 9 Kaitlyn Palmer (SC) 6-1, 6-2; No. 11 - Bella Weisser (O) def. No. 6 Emily Rieland (Mel) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5; No. 3 - Isla Dille (L) def. No. 11 Bella Weisser (O) 6-1, 6-0

MINNEWASKA - No. 5 - Megan Thorfinnson (Min) def. No. 12 Nina Hochenauer (SJP) 6-2, 6-0; No. 4 - Mya Mayhew (NLS) def. No. 5 Megan Thorfinnson (Min) 6-1, 6-2; No. 7 - Alia Randt (Min) def. Alexis Baumann (Mel) 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 Hailey Hokanson (SC) def. No. 7 Alia Randt 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

DOUBLES -

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OSAKIS - No. 5 Ellie George/Madeline Anderson (O) def. No. 12 Madison Baysinger/Anessa Redepenning (Mel) 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 - Larissa Hoffarth/Bria Hoffarth (O) def. No. 13 Skylar Knight/Izzy Graham (BBE) 6-0, 6-1; No. 5 Ellie George/Madeline Anderson (O) def. No. 4 - Larissa Hoffarth/Bria Hoffarth (O) 6-4, 6-0

MINNEWASKA - No. 7 - Grace Jenson/Zoey Elwood (Min) def. No. 10 Tiyana Schwinghammer/Presley Defloff (BBE), 7-5, 6-4; No. 2 - Madeline Erickson/Olivia Olson (L) def. No. 7 Grace Jenson/Zoey Elwood (Min), 6-1, 6-0; No. 6 - Syndey Dahl/Olivia Bleick (Min) def. Addy Hoffman/Emma Klaphake (SC), 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 - Delaney Hansen/Brooke Adelman (NLS) def. Syndey Dahl/Olivia Bleick (Min), 6-0, 6-2

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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