A college coach and an eighth-grader captured singles championships in the Elk River Open tennis tournament Saturday in Elk River.
Scott Larsen, College of St. Benedict coach, beat Mitchel Brandell of Elk River 6-0, 6-2 in the finals of the Men’s Open division, which had 16 entrants.
Kelsey Dorr, entering eighth grade at Princeton, beat Rogers sophomore-to-be Samantha Fitzpatrick 6-1, 6-1 in the finals of the women’s division, which also had 16 entrants.
Larsen prevailed in a very balanced men’s field that had five former winners — himself, Mike Kreklau, Mark Bohren, Dino Weisanen, and Joel Cassens. Eight matches went to the super tiebreaker and ended 10-8 or 11-9.
Larsen reached finals beating Trevor Kleineshay 6-1, 6-2; Kolin Kieckhaver 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; and Kreklau 6-2, 6-0. Brandell beat Adam Gosted 4-6, 6-4, 11-9; Bohren 6-1, 7-6 (10-8); and Jeremy Thompson 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.
Dorr played No. 3 singles as a seventh-grader for the Tigers, coached by her mother Kelly, picked up her third tourney title of the summer. She also won a Northwest Suburban tournament at Coon Rapids, and a Grand Rapids event.
To reach finals, Dorr beat Christine Larson 6-1, 6-0; (name not available) 6-3, 6-3; and Erin Swanberg 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Fitzpatrick had a bye, then beat Aurora Schossow 6-1, 6-0 and Rebekkah Morrison 6-0, 6-3.
Brandell sibs win mixed
Mitchel Brandell and older sister Alison were mixed doubles champions Friday. The two former Elk 100-win netters cruised 10-1 in the finals over Elk senior-to-be Lauren Brayden and St.Michael-Albertville’s Denver Roback.
Both teams squeezed out a 10-8 win in the semifinals, with the Brandells beating Jordan Haack of Elk River and Bryn Sauer of Rocori, and Brayden-Roback outlasting Tyler Creelman of Elk River and Bri Dorr of Princeton.