Tennis: Larsen, Dorr win singles at Elk River Open

Scott Larsen won men's open with four victories. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Scott Larsen took men’s open with four victories. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


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.

Kelsey Dorr of Princeon won women's singles.
Kelsey Dorr of Princeon won women’s singles.

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.

Samantha Fitzpatrick of Rogers was runner-up.
Samantha Fitzpatrick of Rogers was runner-up.

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.