By Victoria Dahlin
After making the long trip to Grand Rapids, the No. 6 seeded Vikings boys tennis team was sent home with a 5-2 loss by the No. 3 seeded Thunderhawks in the first round of section team playoffs May 21.
The team ended its team season with a 1-14 overall record.
On May 25 North Branch competed in the 7AA North Individual Section playoffs, ending the season with no team member qualifying to continue in the tournament.
The Vikings No. 9 section seeded doubles team of James Strzelecki and Jacob Helbig lost 7-6, (9-7), 6-3 to the No. 8 seeded Duluth Denfeld team in the first round of play. The No. 11 seed doubles team of Tim Courtright and Eric Chilstrom beat the Hibbing/Chisholm team 6-3, 6-0, but they lost to the No. 3 Duluth East team 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in the second round of playoffs.
In singles, No. 4 seeded Petar Kosovic received a bye in the first round before losing 6-1, 6-3 to the No. 5 Duluth Denfeld player. Meantime, No. 12 seeded Carl Fisk lost in the first round to the No. 7 seeded Duluth East singles player.
“This was a very fun year for the boys,” said Coach Chad Brusky. “We experienced some really tough loses and one exciting win. Every single match the boys represented their school very well. Win or lose the boys were respectful of their opponents and great to work with in practice. This was most likely the most fun I have had coaching in my seven years of experience. Unfortunately, this was my last year coaching in North Branch. I am really going to miss the boys and watching them improve. I hope them nothing but the best.”