Tennis | Boys Class AA individual state tournament preview
Who: The first- and second-place finishers in singles and doubles from the eight section tournaments.
When, where: Thursday and Friday at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.
Singles times: The first round is 8 a.m. Thursday, followed by quarterfinals at noon. Semifinals are 8 a.m. Friday, followed by finals and third place at 11:30 a.m.
Consolation first round is noon Thursday. Consolation semifinals are 8 a.m. Thursday, followed by consolation finals at 11:30 a.m.
Doubles times: The first round is 10 a.m. Thursday, followed by quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Semifinals are 8 a.m. Friday, followed by finals and third place at 11:30 a.m.
Consolation first round is 2 p.m. Thursday. Consolation semifinals are 8 a.m. Thursday, followed by consolation finals at 11:30 a.m.
Rochester entrants: In singles, Century has freshman Eric Frueh in the state tournament. Frueh, the Section 1AA champion, is at state for the first time. Frueh takes on Stillwater senior Ben Gilmore in the first round. If he wins there he would almost certainly be matched up with former state champion Michael Sicora of Buffalo (third last year, first in 2006). Sicora is ranked second in the state. Defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Wyatt McCoy of Mounds View is also in Frueh’s bracket. Frueh is ranked sixth in the state.
In doubles, Mayo seniors Amrik Donkena and Will Tremaine have made it. They won the Section 1AA title. Donkena has moved over from singles, where he was fourth at state last season and was a state participant three straight years. Donkena was ranked fifth in this year’s state singles poll. It is the first time in the state individual tournament for Tremaine, a hard-serving 6-foot-3 player.
Favorites: In singles, the favorite it clearly Mounds View sensation McCoy. McCoy is considered one of the best Minnesota tennis prospects in some time. In doubles, the favorites might be a pair of Edina teams, Noah Swiler and Brent Radewald, and Steve Pjevach and Chris Kuna. Swiler and Pjevach teamed to finish second at state last year. Donkena is the highest ranked individual among all the doubles players at state.
— Pat Ruff