Eastview's Karin Young won the Class 2A singles championship victory Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota. Photo: ELIZABETH FLORES • email@example.com
Eastview • tennis
After nearly winning a Class 2A doubles state championship as a seventh-grader, it seemed inevitable that Young would soon end up with multiple state titles.
But an injury as an eighth-grader and an unexpected loss in the section semifinals last year got in her way. It wasn’t until Friday that Young lived up those expectations.
Playing a defensive style mixed with savvy shot-making skill, the sophomore won the Class 2A singles championship by defeating two-time defending champion Nicole Copeland of Edina 6-4, 6-1 in the finals at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota.
“The last year was definitely upsetting, but I tried to use it to motivate me,” she said.
Like most of the top high school players, Young plays tennis on a year-round basis. She regularly travels regionally and nationally to play in USTA tournaments. She is the No. 1 player in the Upper Midwest, or Northern Region, rankings for girls 18-under.
But she said winning the high school state tournament holds special meaning.
“It’s way different but I tried to embrace it all,” she said. “I wanted to enjoy it because it only happens once a year and it’s definitely one of my favorite tournaments.”
Buffalo • football
With the senior quarterback at the helm, the Bison pulled off a 17-14 upset victory over St. Michael-Albertville in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament. Bouman completed 32 of 47 passes for 366 yards and touchdowns of 17 and 54 yards.
Maple Grove • football
The senior linebacker pulled double-duty in the Crimson’s 26-3 victory over Minnetonka in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament. He rushed 22 times for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdown. He also made nine tackles, two for loss.
Centennial • soccer
Scoring goals is something the swift junior midfielder has grown accustomed to. The Gophers recruit continued her torrid postseason pace by scoring both goals in the Cougars’ 2-1 victory over Lakeville South in the Class 2A state quarterfinals.
St. Paul Central • soccer
The senior defender scored twice in a 4-1 victory over No. 2 seed Eastview in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tournament. He set the tone with a header goal in the fifth minute and scored again early in the second half to halt Eastview’s momentum.
Blake • tennis
The senior finished off a superb high school career by leading Blake to its fifth consecutive Class 1A team championship, then proceeded to win her second consecutive individual singles title with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over teammate Sonia Baig in the finals.
Stillwater • cross-country
The junior began the season ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. She earned the chance to finish on top at the cross-country state meet Saturday by winning the Section 4 meet. She ran the course in a time of 18:01.7, more than 30 seconds in front of the runner-up.
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