Rangers defeat Vikings in section prelims

It’s on to the next one for the Forest Lake girls tennis team, as it earned the No. 1 seed in Section 7AA tournament play. The Rangers defeated No. 8-seeded North Branch on Monday, 7-0.

Despite losing, Viking head coach Tom McLaughlin spoke highly of the Forest Lake tennis program.

“They’re a great team,” McLaughlin said. “I would call them a tough team if they were mean as well, but they’re not. They are talented and a class act.”

Section foe Elk River, which the Rangers defeated twice this year with scores of 5-2 in both matchups, earned the fourth seed, pinning them up against Forest Lake in the second round on Tuesday on the Ranger home court.

The winner of the Forest Lake/Elk River matchup moved on to the Section 7AA semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Duluth Arrowhead Indoor Tennis Club.
Head coach Violet Shortly said she keeps repeating the team mantra to the girls: “One day at a time.”

“We’re not looking past any game,” Shortly said. “One goal is not to worry about anything but our opponents on the other side of the court. Another goal is keeping the doubt out of our heads and having confidence each time we step on the court.”

To follow results of post-season play throughout the week, visit the sports page at www.forestlaketimes.com or at www.mshsl.org.
Forest Lake will send four entries to compete in the individual section tourney.

Senior Taylor Shortly and junior Chase Shortly earned the No. 1 doubles spot, followed by seniors Bailey Norby and Taylor Emly at No. 2.

In singles, Forest Lake will be represented by seniors Natalie Wright at No. 7 and Lindsey Tilton at the No. 12 seed.