Girls tennis kicks off season at Foley Triangular

By Aleah Stenberg

The tennis courts have been busy the past few weeks as the Big Lake Girls Tennis team have been prepping for their 2013 season. Under the direction of Head Coach Brett Mattson, rackets whistle as bright neon balls soar through the afternoon sunshine. Preseason Wrap-Up “It’s looking pretty positive,” said Coach Mattson. “We’re returning with a strong lineup, so we’re hoping for a good season. We hope everything will go well.” Although five seniors from the team graduated last year, Mattson plans on having the same single and double lineups from last year to start the season. Team captains Ali Robertson, Mady Johnson and Mary Peterson are among seven returning letter winners also including Alexa Campbell, Amanda Campbell, Kendal Janousek and Karleigh Johnson. Alyssa Klingenberg is joining the team for her first year as assistant coach. This season is Mattson’s second year as head coach. The first home game for Varsity Girls Tennis is Thurs, (Aug 29) against Osseo at 4:15 pm at the Big Lake Middle School tennis courts. Foley Triangular Meet While the varsity girls played hard at the Triangular in Foley Tuesday, they fell 0-7, 0-7 to Foley and Pequot Lakes. There were many deuce points that did not go in their favor at Foley, and Coach Mattson hopes the girls can capitalize in this area to start seeing successful results. Playing singles were senior Mady Johnson, sophomore Alexa Campbell, freshman Karleigh Johnson and junior Kendal Janousek. Doubles teams consisted of sophomore Amanda Campbell and Kendal Janousek, senior Ali Robertson and junior Mary Peterson, and freshmen Paige Domyahn and Aleesha Moss. Coach Mattson was looking forward to the match against Becker Friday, to see how the team has improved. Last year Big Lake dropped to Becker 3-4, but they aim to change that in their next match.

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THE BIG WOODEN CROSS which stood behind the monument known as La Pieta was broken in Our Lady of the lake Catholic Cemetery last weekend. (Submitted photos.)

THE BECKER-BIG LAKE SQUIRT B1 HOCKEY TEAM. Front row, (L-R): Erik Baker, Cooper Fredericks, Josh Lillemo, Jack Beckstrom, Kellen Hurt and Luke Boardson. Second row, (L-R): Dillon Lindenau, Nik Hughes, Ben Piehl, Eli Sheideman, Zack Dembinski, Jacob Polecec and Dylan Pishney. Coaches, (L-R): Eron Boardson, Head Coach Mark Fredericks and Jake Pishney. (Submitted photos).

Pictured above are food shelf volunteer Bob Segler, Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Dr. Scott Schulz, Tara Boone and Sara Peterson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

THE SHERBURNE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THRIVENT FINANCIAL donated $1,200 worth of items to the Big Lake Community Food Shelf Tuesday. The donation included 50 hams and some personal care items. Pictured above from the left are Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Coborn’s Manager Mitch Utecht, Thrivent Financial Associate Curtis Snesrud, Coborn’s Assistant Manager John Howard, Thrivent Financials Associate Derek Birdsall and food shelf volunteer Bob Segler. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TOMMY ECKSTROM had to think hard about what he wanted to say on the gift card for the present he had just purchased.