Elk River Open tennis

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Sam and Josh Gearou, the 16-year-old twins who’ve led Elk River in four straight trips to the state tournament, made their first appearance at the Elk River Open on Sunday. The twins captured the doubles crown, the only event they entered, with a hard-fought finals win over Dyno Waiseman, 38, [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor After watching Elk freshman-to-be Tyler Creelman capture the men’s “A” singles title Saturday at the Elk River Open, tournament director Randy Ronning recalled a pledge Creelman made to him in June 2012. When Creelman attended Elk River’s tennis banquet in seventh grade, the first year he played, he listened with [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Mike Kreklau of Maple Grove thwarted Mitchel Brandell’s bid for an Elk River Open singles championship on Saturday, after both posted an impressive semifinal win. In a shortened final, due to approaching darkness after a three-hour rain delay, Kreklau topped the former Elk 10-6. Each had won three matches [...]

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  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 [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Coming off her first year of college tennis, Leah Koehler of Elk River repeated as champion of the Elk River Open in women’s open singles on Saturday. Meanwhile, Chris Scheevel, former St. Cloud Cathedral and Bethel player, won his third straight men’s open title and fourth overall. Koehler, 19, [...]

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