Tennis: Out-of-towners beat locals in Elk River Open doubles finals

Mathan Krishnappan (left) and Bethel coach Paul Schroeder snagged their third consecutive doubles crown. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

A pair of out-of-town teams captured Elk River Open doubles championships on Sunday, including a men’s duo snagging their third in a row.

Paul Schroeder, 40, of Blaine, and Mathan Krishanppan, 32, of Minneapolis, went 4-0 in Men’s Open, beating Rogers tennis coach Nick Scheevel and his brother Chris 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the finals.

Schroeder, a landscape architect, and Krishnappan, a businessman,  have played here for several years, and started winning titles in 2009.

Former St. Cloud State players Kelly Freese and Samantha Boushek went 3-0 to earn the Women’s Open title, foiling the Elk duo of Leah Koehler and Camille Kraljic 7-6, 1-6, 10-3 in the finals.


Samantha Houshek (left) and Kelly Freese, former St. Cloud State players, won doubles. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Men’s doubles


The Schroeder-Krishnappan team reached the finals beating Elk teens Logan Burns and Levi Howse 6-0, 6-1; David Leafblad and Kirk Ronning 6-0, 6-0; and Kent Nichols and Reggie Ronning (score not available).

Chris Scheevel

The Scheevel brothers needed just one win to reach the finals as they had a bye, a 6-4, 6-2 win over Del Bauer and Dan Van

Nick Scheevel

Blarican, and an injury default over Joe Hodgson and Lucas Lucz. Chris narrowly missed a second ERO title as he won singles on Saturday.

Nichols, former Elk star currently playing for Bethel, and Ronning claimed third place via default from Hodgson and Lucz.

Capturing the Men’s A Doubles title were Ellis Scheevel, longtime St. Cloud Cathedral coach, and Tim Haymans with a 6-3, 6-2 finals victory over Ryan Ekegren and Joe Peterson.


Women’s doubles


Freese, St. Cloud Cathedral and SCSU graduate, was ERO singles champion last year but missed singles this year due to a wedding. She teamed with Boushek, a Redwood Falls native, to beat Rachel Scheevel and Chris Burns  6-0, 6-2, and Grace Zachman and Emily DeWitt 6-2, 6-2 to reach the finals.

Leah Koehler (left) was runner-up in both doubles, with Camille Kraljic, and single champion. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Koehler, ERHS 2011 graduate who won Open Singles on Saturday, teamed with senior-to-be Kraljic to beat Whitney Nyholm and Taylor Hedtke 6-1, 6-1, and Elk teammates Tayloer Lussier-Flesher and Ali May Kuebelbeck 6-1, 6-1 to gain the finals.

Lussier-Flesher and Kuebelkbeck edged Zachman and DeWitt 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 for third place.

The consolation crown went to Elk players Hadley Purdy and Rebecca O’Connell.

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