by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Lisa Scheevel repeated as mixed doubles champion with her brother Sam at the Elk River Open, and added her first singles title as well, on Friday and Saturday.
Scheevel, a 2013 Bethel graduate who played for the Royals and for St. Cloud Cathedral, teamed with Sam for three wins on Friday. The siblings beat St. Michael-Albertville’s Kayla Buckley and Denver Robak in the finals 6-3, 6-2. Buckley is a current St. Cloud State player.
Scheevel topped Elk River 2012 graduate Taylor Lussier-Flesher 6-1 in the singles finals Saturday. The matches were shortened due to approaching darkness after a three-hour weather delay. In a 14-player field, Scheevel had a bye and three wins.
She was runner-up last year behind Elk River’s Leah Koehler, who is attending summer school at Winona State did not return to defend her title.
In the semifinals, Scheevel beat Rogers freshman-to-be Samantha Fitzpatrick 8-2 while Lussier-Flesher beat Rebekah Morrison 10-4.
Fitzpatrick, a varsity singles player since seventh grade at Rogers, claimed third place in with a 6-2 win over Morrison.
In the mixed doubles semifinals, the Scheevels beat Mike Koehler and his daughter Jen Koehler 6-2, 6-0, while Buckley and Robak scuttled Mitchel Brandell and Abby Howse 7-5, 6-2.
Brandell, 2012 ERHS graduate, and Howse, an Elk JV player last fall, won two of three to place third. They beat the Koehler’s in the third-place match.
Tournament director Randy Ronning noted that the women’s field was small this year, with 14 entered in singles and just two in doubles, which was not held. Ronning said the lower turnout worked to their advantage, with the Salk Middle School courts not available due to work being done on them, and with Saturday’s rain delay, it would have been difficult to accommodate the usual field.