Senior Isaiah Mayerchak wrapped up his Princeton boys tennis career by finishing in third place at last week’s Section 7AA singles tournament held in Hibbing.
When the players began the 7AA quarterfinals on May 28, Mayerchak defeated Elk River’s Joe Wetherille 6-4, 6-1 in his opening match. In the semifinals, he ran into 7AA South top-seed Toby Boyer of Forest Lake, with the Ranger prevailing 6-1, 6-1.
Mayerchak kept his season alive by knocking off North No. 1 seed Austin Stefanich of Grand Rapids in the third-place match 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). The finals saw Boyer defeat Elk River’s Josh Gearou, setting up a True Second match, but it was Gearou advancing to state with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Mayerchak.
“In the Stefanich match, Isaiah was consistent. Isaiah worked hard and kept his focus. He did that in all of his matches, but was able to come off with the win against Stefanich,” described Princeton coach Jon Steinbrecher.
“Toby Boyer is an overall great tennis player. He attacks every ball aggressively. He has a great attitude and is a fun player to play against. Josh Gearou is a defensive player, able to get every ball back. A player could feed him any type of ball, and he can return it without a problem.”
Steinbrecher added, “I am proud of all of Isaiah’s accomplishments – both on and off the court – over the last six years. He has been a great example to many.”
• The Class AA tennis tourney runs June 4-7 at the U of M Baseline Center (Team June 4-5 / Singles & Doubles June 6-7). Elk River, the No. 2 seed, will aim to defend its AA Team championship out of Section 7AA.
Boyer is seeded No. 2 in singles. Representing the section in doubles are the Elks’ Samuel Gearou and Joshua Chuba, and Andover’s Erik Jones and Grant Johnson.
Brooks 12th in 7AAA girls golf
Princeton junior Mikayla Brooks represented Tiger golfers at day two of the Section 7AAA tourney at Hinckley’s Grand National Golf Course on May 30. After an opening round of 82, Brooks finished 12th in the 7AAA girls’ standings with a 90 on Thursday.
Siera Langlie of Andover was section medalist with her two-day total of 147, leading the Huskies to their first entrance in the Class AAA Team tourney. Forest Lake was second and Grand Rapids third in the team standings. State golf tourneys for all three classes will run June 11-12, with the Class AAA golfers competing again on Bunker Hills Golf course in Coon Rapids.