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.