SPORTS ROUND-UP: The Cambridge-Isanti boys tennis team shifts into playoff mode for a full week of action.
First up was the Section 7AA Team tourney where the No. 8 seed Bluejackets took on No. 9 Andover on May 20 after the May 19 matches were rained out. The 4-3 win over the Huskies sends the Bluejackets against top-seed Elk River (24-3), a powerful program which is ranked 6th in the Class AA, for the May 21 match.
The 7AA Team tourney continues May 26 at Princeton. Duluth East, Chisago Lakes and Forest Lake are the Nos. 2-4 seeds in the tourney.
In between those matches are the opening rounds of the 7AA Singles & Doubles tourney, also hosted at Princeton. On May 22 will be the Singles action beginning at 10 a.m. The Bluejackets’ Thomas Phillips is seeded No. 11 and will open against No. 22 Mau of St. Francis. Derek Belford of C-I is seeded 16th and will take on No. 18 Lambrecht of Chisago Lakes.
Toby Boyer of Forest Lake is the top-seed in 7AA Singles, followed by Josh Geareau of Elk River, Thomas Mayerchak of Princeton and Elliot Schneider of East.
On Saturday will be the 7AA Doubles first two rounds. Bluejackets Destin Modina & Devin Gislason are the No. 15 seeds for the tourney who will begin against No. 18 Fellerman & Edwards of Andover. Also representing the Bluejackets are No. 16 seeds Carlo Holmberg & Nino Merkouris who take on Princeton’s No. 17 seed Volkmuth & McCoy.
Individual tourney matches continue at Princeton May 27-28. The team semis and finals will be May 26 at Princeton.
• On May 13, the Bluejackets defeated Mora 7-0 in a non-conference makeup match. Sweeping their singles matches were Modina (6-0, 6-1), Phillips (6-1, 6-1), D. Gislason (6-0, 6-1) and Rafael Hernando (6-2, 6-2). Winning at doubles were Belford & Jay Gislason (6-2, 6-0), Holmberg & Merkouris (6-2, 6-0), and Jed Bingham & Sam Walz (6-2, 6-0).
The following day, St. Francis got past Cambridge-Isanti 6-1 in a tight match where five of the seven matches went to three sets. Picking up the Bluejacket win was Bingham at No. 4 Singles (7-6, 4-6, 6-4). All three doubles matches were back-and-forth affairs with the Saints taking the third sets 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3.
The Bluejackets closed the regular season with a 6-1 loss to Chisago Lakes who were crowned the Mississippi 8 champions in their first year in the league.
“We were glad Derek and Jay pulled out a three-set win at No. 2 Doubles against them, as Chisago beat many teams 7-0 this season,” said C-I Coach Thea Lowman. Those two won their match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Mississippi 8 Boys Tennis: FINAL: Chisago Lakes 9-0, 16-3; St. Michael-Alb. 8-1, 14-2; Buffalo 6-3, 10-11; Monticello 5-3, 8-8; Rogers 5-4, 10-9; St. Francis 5-4, 7-6; Cambridge-Isanti 3-6, 5-8; Princeton 2-7, 2-9; Big Lake 1-8, 2-13 North Branch 0-9, 0-11.
Cox, Swanson medal at wet Princeton
Nate Cox and Matt Swanson both fired rounds of 75 to lead the Cambridge-Isanti boys golf squad to a win in rainy weather at the Mississippi 8 East match on the Princeton GC May 19.
The Bluejackets clipped North Branch 319-323 in the five-team match. Evan Dunbar scored an 81 and Seth Kirkeide finished at 88 for the team score, with Jack Goodmanson (90) and Brad Schintz (93) also shooting for the Jackets.
C-I Girls Golf 2nd in M-8 meet at Hawk
On May 14, the Bluejackets hosted the Mississippi 8 East girls golf conference meet. C-I finished 2nd out of the five schools with a score of 433. Jade Newman was the medalist shooting an 89, followed by Anna Sunderman (102), Paige Holt (117), Elizabeth Poppen (125), Amelia Utecht (127), and Molly Harvey (139).
On May 15, the girls had an early start, leaving for the St. Cloud Invitational at 6:30 a.m. It was very cool during the meet, but the girls stuck it out and finished strong. C-I was paired with the defending State champions, Detroit Lakes, who once again won this 20-team invite for the fourth year in a row.
“I felt it was a great experience for our girls to see some really good golfers and to watch them play,” said C-I Coach Steve Hanson. “Lexi Bollant, a fellow M-8 player from Buffalo, won her fourth individual championship with a fantastic score of 68.”
C-I shot a 423 to place 18th out of 20 teams in what is a top-level tournament. Newman continued her excellent play with an 82 which placed her 11th out of 115 golfers. Sunderman had a 103, followed by Harvey (118) and Poppen (120).