Emily Brandt, who will be a conference rival of Elk River’s when her Irondale team joins the Elks’ conference this fall, is already making a good impression at the ERHS courts.
Brandt repeated as singles champion when Elk River hosted a Northwest Suburban Conference summer tournament Tuesday. A junior-to-be who made all-conference player last year, she beat Megan Anderson of Forest Lake 10-3 in the finals of the 32-player field.
The Elk who went farthest was Sydney Reimer with three wins before losing to Anderson 10-4 and then to Princeton’s Sarah Stark 10-3 in the third-place match. Reimer, going into eighth grade, beat players from Coon Rapids and Totino-Grace, then got past another player who had to leave with the score 1-1.
Ten Elks were in the field, mostly JV players except for Brooke Burns, a varsity doubles player. Carmen Kaelke won in the first and second round. Winning once were Dee Dokken, Burns, Rebekkah Morrison, Erin Reimer and Rachel Syzmanski.
There are six NWSC tournaments in June and July, hosted by each conference school, for both boys and girls.
Princeton duo wins
Brianna and Kelsey Dorr of Princeton won the doubles title, beating Jessica Kelley and Emily Sjostrom of Champlin Park 10-3 in the finals Wednesday morning. Most of the tournament, which had 16 entrants, was held Monday.
Elk River sisters Lauren and Elizabeth Brayden captured the consolation title, losing in the first round, then winning four times, including one injury default in the consolation finals against Burns and Dani Dokken.
Placing third were Princeton’s Reilee Shepper and Gabby Dohlan.
The tournament was hosted by Elk River coaches LeRoyce Chapman and Terry Grzybowski.