Mahtomedi eighth-grader Olivia Paradise finished off a near-perfect Section 4, Class 2A girls’ tennis singles tournament by defeating Stillwater sophomore Savannah Johnson 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match Tuesday at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Paradise, the section’s No. 1 seed, did not lose a set in five matches and qualified for the state singles tournament for the first time. Johnson, who played in the 2012 state tournament in doubles, also qualified as the section runner-up.
The Mahtomedi doubles team of junior Hanna Shands and freshman Emily Cooper qualified for the state doubles tournament, finishing as runners up to St. Paul Central’s sister team of Helen and Zoe Klass-Warch. Mahtomedi also qualified as a team by defeating Hill-Murray 5-2 for the team championship on Oct. 7.
Girls: Two goals by senior forward Rachael Shumway lifted Mahtomedi to a 3-1 victory over Woodbury in the girls’ Class 2A, Section 4 championship game Tuesday. Shumway, who will play at the University of North Dakota next year, scored five goals in three section tournament games for the Zephyrs.
Boys: One could say that payback was the theme of the 2A, Section 4 boys’ tournament. East Ridge knocked off Stillwater 2-1 in the semifinals, exacting a little revenge on the Ponies, which defeated the Raptors in the 2012 section championship game. But North St. Paul got a little revenge of its own in the finals, defeating East Ridge 4-2. The Raptors had knocked the Polars out of the playoffs last year.