Tennis: Elks blank Pirates, tough stretch coming up

After undefeated Elk River cruised 7-0 over Park Center in a bit of a breather Tuesday at home, the Elks now look ahead to a grueling stretch of the young season.

“We have a tremendous schedule coming Friday through Monday, when we play five of the best teams in the state,” said Elk coach Randy Ronning.

The Elks will take on always-tough conference rival Centennial there Friday, then Red Wing, Mahtomedi and Eagan at the Eagan Invitational on Saturday, and Wayzata on Monday at home.

At the state tournament last year, Wayzata placed second and Mahtomedi third.

“Wow.  We will definitely know where we stand after that barrage of talented teams over three days,” the coach noted. “We are looking forward to it.”

The Elks are 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the NWSC after posting their 53rd straight conference win against the Pirates at home  — probably the quickest of those 53  wins as the Elks gave up just one game in seven matches.


Elk River 7, Park Center 0



(1) Sam Gearou, ER, def Alex Philavong 6-0, 6-0

(2) Josh Gearou, ER, def Travis Ricci 6-0, 6-0

(3) Ryan Ness, ER, def  Chinou Thao 6-0, 6-0

(4) Josh Chuba, ER, def Josh Kust 6-0, 6-0



(1) Mitchel Brandell-Matt Odgard, ER, def Ayo Wusu-Xai Thao 6-0, 6-1

(2) Dylan Berger-Jesse Bragg, ER, def Samir Lakha-Kumayl Lakha 6-0, 6-0

(3) Nathan Chanthamontry-Steve Delain, ER, def Nick Thoi-Mulher Vaffer 6-0, 6-0