Tennis: Elks get singles and doubles entrants into state tourney

Elk River will have both a singles and doubles entrant at the state tennis meet, in addition to the team entrant, after Josh Gearou and the duo of Sam Gearou and Josh Chuba qualified Wednesday.

Josh Gearou placed second in Section 7AA singles at Hibbing. After beating Grand Rapids-Greenway’s Austin Stefanoch 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals, Gearou lost in the finals to Forest Lake’s Toby Boyer. The first set was a marathon won by Boyer 7-6 (12-10) with each player at set points. The second set was 6-2.

Gearou and Boyer are both sophomores. Boyer, who has beaten Gearou twice this year, is the brother of Dusty Boyer, who won the last four state singles titles before graduating last year.

Gearou had to play a true-second match and won 6-1, 6-0 over Isaiah Meyerchak of Princeton, who went to state the last two years as runner-up behind Dusty Boyer.

Chuba, a senior, and Sam Gearou, a sophomore, rolled to the section doubles championship. They beat a Hibbing team 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals, and an Andover team, Erik Jones and Grant Johnson, 6-4, 7-5 in the finals.

This is Josh Gearou’s first year of playing singles in section individuals. He and Sam qualified twice in doubles. Josh Chuba has now qualified twice in doubles and once in singles.

The Elks (23-1), who beat Chisago Lakes 6-1 in the section finals on Tuesday, will find out Thursday whom they will meet in the first round of team play on Tuesday as the seeding will be held by phone in the morning. Team will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, and singles and doubles will be held Thursday and Friday, all at the University of Minnesota.