All season long, both Peder Engelstad and Austin Seaverson were nearly unstoppable on the tennis courts. When they joined forces, they made history.
The 2002 Bemidji High School graduates still stand as some of the most decorated boys tennis players in program history, having set a program benchmark by qualifying for the state tournament three years in a row as doubles partners.
“All during the season, these two would play singles,” said Scott Engelstad, Peder’s father and the program’s head coach from 1994-2010. “They were our top-performing singles players. We put them in doubles at the end of the year because singles was even tougher to get to state. Doubles was tough enough.”
Peder Engelstad and Seaverson alternated between Nos. 1 and 2 singles during the regular season, respectively finishing with 17-1 and 14-2 records their senior year. The two formed a formidable pairing on the doubles side in time for the Section 8AA Tournament, though, and that can be credited to their offseason investment.
**This is the first installment in a series titled Lumberjack Flashback, highlighting some of the greatest spring sports teams, athletes and moments in Bemidji High School history. Stories on each of Bemidji’s seven spring sports programs will be released in line with this year’s originally scheduled state tournament dates.