ST. CLOUD - For the second straight year the Brainerd Warriors finished second to Elk River in the Section 8-2A final.
Brainerd's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams picked up the Warriors only points in a 5-2 finals loss at St. Cloud Apollo High School.
The Warriors advanced to the final with a 4-3 win over St. Michael-Albertville in the semifinals, while Elk River topped Alexandria 5-2.
"Elk River is a good team," said Warrior head coach Bruce Thompson. "As well as we played they kind of stepped it up. In our singles matches we all got up early and built a little lead in that first set. Then they came back and won the first set and took the second set handily. We competed well, we just didn't make the adjustments as well as we should have."
Michael Ruen-Jared Anderson defeated Lucas Werner-Travis Banken 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles, while Garth Askegaard-Chris Rud won at No. 3 doubles 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) over Dylan Berger-Landon Werner.
Brainerd No. 1 doubles player Nathan Henningson returned a shot in the North Subsection tournament last week. Henningson and partner Corey Kuglin came up short in Tuesday's Section 8-2A team tournament in St. Cloud. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey» Purchase reprints of this photo.
Against St. Michael-Albertville those same two doubles teams won along with Jordan Shiltz at No. 3 singles and Jordan Goos at No. 4 singles.
"I really though both teams were an even match up from what I could see on paper," said Thompson. "Our guys played well. They've had a good season. They really played well. Devin Larson lost a three setter and our doubles side really had some nice wins."
In the first round of the individual tournament Tuesday, Devin Larson topped Monticello's Brenyn Anderson 6-2, 6-3 to advance to Wednesday's semifinals. There he'll get a rematch of the team final as he faces Brendan O'Connell, who defeated Alexandria's Luke Eberly 6-0, 6-1.
Brainerd's Morgan Salo fell to St. Michael's Chris Odegard 6-0, 6-2.
The doubles team of Nate Henningson-Corey Kuglin lost to Brock Reinschmidt-Tanner Krutzig of STMA 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
"Overall, our guys had a great season," said Thompson. "We were conference champs again and section runners up again. Our goal was to make that next step and get to state, but it was a good effort."
Elk River 5, Brainerd 2
No. 1: Brendan O'Connell (ER) def. Devin Larson 6-2, 6-0; No. 2: Mitchel Brandel (ER) def. Morgan Salo 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Robert Johnson (ER) def. Jordan Shiltz 7-5, 6-3; No. 4: Ryan Ness (ER) def. Jordan Goos 7-5, 6-0
No. 1: Keagan Blancke-Zac Carter (ER) def. Corey Kuglin-Nate Henningson 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Michael Ruen-Jared Anderson (Brd) def. Lucas Werner-Travis Banken 6-4, 7-5; No. 3: Garth Askegaard-Chris Rud (Brd) def. Dylan Berger-Landon Werner 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
Brainerd 4, St. Michael-Albertville 3
No. 1: Chris Odegard (STMA) def. Larson 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; No. 2: Matt Odegard (STMA) def. Salo 6-4, 6-2; No. 3: Shiltz (Brd) def. Matt Beck 6-1, 6-1; No. 4: Goos (Brd) def. Thor Holstad 6-4, 6-0
No. 1: Brock Reinschmidt-Tanner Krutzig (STMA) def. Henningson-Kuglin 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Ruen-Anderson (Brd) def. Dusty Thelen-Trevor Riles 6-3, 6-4; No. 3: Askegaard-Rude (Brd) def. Logan Schmidt-Tyler Shustarich 6-3, 6-2
Final overall: 15-2.
Devin Larson (Brainerd) def. Brenyn Anderson (Monticello) 6-2, 6-3
Chris Odegard (St. Michael-Albertville) def. Morgan Salo (Brainerd) 6-0, 6-2
Semifinals (9 a.m. Wednesday)
Larson vs. Brendan O'Connell (Elk River)
Tyler Hjalmquist (Moorhead) vs. Odegard
Brock Reinschmidt-Tanner Krutzig (St. Michael-Albertville) def. Nathan Henningson-Corey Kuglin (Brainerd) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
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