Eric Frueh of Rochester Century goes to the net in the second set against Forest Lake's Dusty Boyer during the Class 2A singles championship Friday. Richard Sennott, Star Tribune
Dusty Boyer returned this shot during the Class 2A singles championship match. Richard Sennott, Star Tribune
The list Dusty Boyer compiled when he was 12 years old — the one that listed all of his goals — had been completed for all of about two days.
But after the Forest Lake junior dismantled two of Minnesota’s best juniors in back-to-back matches Friday, Boyer revived the list to add one more objective: become the most successful high school boys’ tennis player in state history.
Boyer won the Class 2A singles championship at the boys’ tennis state tournament for the third year in a row, beating No. 1 Wyatt McCoy of Mounds View 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals and No. 3 Eric Frueh of Rochester Century 6-2, 6-3 in the finals.
Only two other players have won three consecutive championships, none since 1964. No one has won four.
“Yeah, that’s one of my goals,” Boyer said.
And his decisive victories Friday were enough to make any observer believe that a fourth title is merely a matter of a year’s wait.
Boyer defeated McCoy for the first time in his life in Tuesday’s Class 2A team consolation round, thus initially completing his list of players to beat and things to accomplish.
Fully confident, he not only beat McCoy again in the semifinals, but he made the No. 13-ranked player in the nation for boys 18 and under look positively pedestrian.
Using a rifle-blast forehand and a calm head, Boyer ran McCoy all over the court, forcing him to play defensively for nearly the entire match.
“Give all the credit to Dusty,” McCoy said. “I had plenty of opportunities, but I felt like I was always playing defense. I couldn’t relax.”
With his biggest nemesis out of the way, Boyer rolled through the finals, taking the agile Frueh out of his game with a remarkable variety of winners and the not-inconsiderable ability to put mistakes behind him.
“I’ve been working on that,” Boyer said. “You have to practice that. You can’t let them get into your mind.”
While Boyer’s long-term goals are bound up in history, his more short-term desires were a little less lofty.
“I think I’m going to go ride dirt bikes,” he said. “My dad hasn’t let me do that since the tournament started.”
In the Class 2A doubles final, Minneapolis South’s Martin Beck and Luke Elifson defeated teammates Noah and Jesse Sprinkel 6-2, 6-1.
The result was a surprise to all but the winners because Beck and Elifson were not only South’s No. 2-doubles team, they played just one match together prior to the postseason.
“We had talked about playing together, but it was never a focus because all of our energy was put into our team,” Elifson said. “It’s a dream come true.”