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Edina wins 2A team title in boys' tennis, Breck claims 1A championship

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 06/09/21, 2:30PM CDT


The matches were played outside amid the unusual heat wave gripping Minnesota.

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Edina tennis players celebrated when they realized they had clinched the Class 2A boys' team championship Wednesday in their match against Wayzata played at Prior Lake High School. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Going into the season, Edina boys’ tennis coach Gary Aasen was more uncertain than he had ever been in more than 20 years at the helm.

Tennis is a way of life at Edina, so talent is rarely a concern. But it had been two years since the Hornets had fielded a team and much had changed. Veteran players — senior leaders — were gone, having been denied a final season by the pandemic.

In their place were 10 newcomers, with experience limited to junior varsity where Aasen rarely got to see them.

“I didn’t even know their names. I had never seen them play a match because I didn’t get to see them last year,” Aasen said. “I had to break in 10 new guys and get them in place and see if they could be a team.”

Aasen leaned heavily into his five veterans Matthew Fullerton, Oskar Jansson, Luke Westholder, Otto Schreiner and Nolan Ranger — to lead the way to whatever success could be had.

Good move.

Edina defeated previously unbeaten Wayzata 4-3 in the Class 2A team championship match Wednesday, giving the Hornets their 24th state championship and first since 2009. The final score was a little deceiving as Edina led 4-0 and did not complete their final three matches due to the withering heat at Prior Lake High School.

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