Tennis: Elks’ 3 entrants lose in first round of singles, doubles at state

Josh Chuba returned a shot against a Centennial player. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

Elk River’s three entrants in the state individual tennis tournament all lost in the first round Thursday at the University of Minnesota.

Josh and Sam Gearou, eighth-graders who reached the doubles semifinals last year, were defeated by Eden Prairie junior Scott Elsass and sophomore David Zhou 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1.

Elk juniors Mitchel Brandell and Ryan Ness, who beat the Gearou’s for the section title, were ousted by Minneapolis South’s Noah and Jesse Sprinkle, a senior and freshman, respectively, 6-3, 6-4.

Both Elk teams then won in consolation. The Gearou’s topped Winona seniors Martin Feddersen and Evan Draves 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), while Brandell and Ness clipped  Forest Lake junior Zachary Decker and freshman Brett Gravelle 6-2, 6-2.

On Thursday morning, the Gearou’s face a Chisago Lakes team, and Brandell-Ness face an Eden Prairie team, both at 8 a.m.

Josh Chuba, Elk junior who normally plays doubles but won the section singles title  after many of the top singles players went doubles, was beaten by  Centennial’s Burke Anderson 6-4, 6-1, and in consolation lost to Apple Valley senior Matt Bettes 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.


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