Mitchel Brandell

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River has never seen a more remarkable run of success in any sport than boys tennis has generated from 2007 through 2012, which may be its best season yet. The one athlete contributing all six years is Mitchel Brandell, 121-33 inĀ  his career after a pair of doubles wins [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River tennis opened what they hope will be the program’s first state championship season with a quick 7-0 victory over the Coon Rapids Cardinals on a chilly, breezy Tuesday at home. It wasn’t quite cold enough to snow but the Elks did rack up five “snowman” wins — [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Mitchel Brandell joined the 100-win club as the Elk River-Zimmerman tennis team blanked Anoka 7-0 at home on Tuesday.   Brandell, a junior in his fifth varsity season, won 6-0, 6-0 over Mark Schatza at No. 3 singles, improving to 15-2 this year.   “Mitchel was a very rare starter [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Except for Forest Lake’s Boyer brothers, all comers were felled by the Elk River-Zimmerman tennis teamĀ  Saturday as the Elks opened the season with three victories.   ERZ (the top two players are from Zimmerman) defeated Hibbing and Spring Lake Park each 7-0 and Forest Lake 5-2 in a home [...]

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