Making its first state tournament appearance in 48 years, the Bemidji High School boys tennis team faced a tough challenge when it drew second-seeded Edina in the quarterfinals.
The Hornets lived up to their billing and knocked out the unseeded Lumberjacks in a 7-0 win Tuesday at the Class AA state team tournament hosted by Prior Lake High School in Savage.
“The guys did a good job. A lot of their opponents today from Edina are very good tennis players, very talented,” BHS head coach Kyle Fodness said. “You could tell that’s a year-round thing for them. They’re playing all the time.”
Four Edina players -- No. 2 Matthew Fullerton, No. 4 Oskar Jansson, No. 7 Otto Schreiner and No. 8 Nolan Ranger -- are ranked in the Class AA top 10, the most of any one team.
“We know we’re the underdogs,” Fodness said of the team’s mindset. “We know numbers-wise this is a pretty tough task. But we’ll just go out and let it rip.”
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