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Heath Hotzler, Published October 04 2009

Bakke tops Lawley for ND state tennis singles title

Bismarck High School senior Grant Bakke’s comeback is complete.

Bakke, a righty who was forced to play left-handed all of last year due to a serious shoulder injury, earned his second North Dakota state boys individual singles tennis title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Fargo South’s Parker Lawley on Saturday at Courts Plus.

“After I knew I was going to be 100 percent, I really focused on the fact that this is my year,” said Bakke, who won state as a sophomore. “It’s my senior year. I really just wanted to focus and make sure I could get to the finals and win.”

Bakke suffered a stress fracture in his right shoulder during a summer tournament prior to his junior year. He chose to continue to play left-handed so he could be around his teammates and remain close to the team.

Bakke lost in last year’s consolation semifinals.

“I don’t think the injury changed my form or my attitude,” Bakke said. “I always want to come out, stay focused and see what happens.”

Bakke advanced to the finals with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win against Grand Forks Red River’s Erik Johnson.

In the finals, Bakke had Lawley on the run much of the match with precise and powerful ground strokes.

Lawley, a junior, lost in the state finals for the second straight year.

“Parker is a great player,” Bakke said. “His serve is really good. He’s improved a lot from last year. I really just focused on this all year. And this is what I came to do. I’m just glad I could prove I could still win.”

LaDouceur gets fourth and final doubles title

Grand Forks Red River seniors Jake LaDouceur and Phil Yunker defeated Williston’s Heath Glenn and Jordan Nelson to give LaDouceur four career state doubles titles.

LaDouceur earned his first crown with teammate Michael Kraft in 2005. He teamed with Tyler Davis for back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008.

“They all feel good, winning a state championship,” said LaDouceur, following a 6-4, 6-1 win in the finals. “This one is one of the better ones, just because it’s my senior year and the last match of my career. It’s nice to go out on top.”

LaDouceur was named senior athlete of the year.

Fargo South’s Vic Youngs was selected coach of the year.

“When it came down to it, I thought Phil would be the best fit,” LaDouceur said. “And it turns out he was.”

Singles

Finals

Bakke, Bismarck, def. Lawley, Fargo South, 6-3, 6-4

Third place

Johnson, Grand Forks Red River, def. Fuka, Grand Forks Central, 6-3, 6-4

Fifth place

Lee, Grand Forks Red River, def. Hoverson, Grand Forks Red River, 6-0, 6-2

Semifinals

Bakke, B, def. Lee, Grand Forks Red River, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Lawley, Fargo South, def. Fuka, Grand Forks Central, 6-2, 6-3

Consolation quarterfinals

Anderson, Bismarck Century, def. Russell, Fargo North, 6-2, 6-2

Hoverson, Grand Forks Red River, def. Reimers, Valley City, 6-4, 6-1

Lee, Grand Forks Red River, def. Moe, Fargo South, 6-1, 6-0

Cleary, Bismarck, def. Boehn, Mandan, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Consolation semifinals

Hoverson, Grand Forks Red River, def. Anderson, Bismarck Century, 6-1, 6-1

Lee, Grand Forks Red River, def. Cleary, Bismarck, 6-1, 6-1

Doubles

Finals

LaDouceur/Yunker, Grand Forks Red River, def. Glenn/Nelson, Williston, 6-4, 6-1

Third place

Wischer/Anderson, Grand Forks Red River, def. Frei/Schwandt, Shanley, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Fifth place

Rummel/Van Ells, Dickinson, def. Beach/Bong, Fargo South, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Semifinals

Glenn/Nelson, Williston, def. Frei/Schwandt, Shanley, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

LaDouceur/Yunker, Grand Forks Red River, def. Wischer/Anderson, Grand Forks Red River, 6-1, 6-1

Consolation quarterfinals

Bong/Beach, Fargo South, def. Wanner/Wanner, Mandan, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

Kompelien/Christianson, Wahpeton, def. Holman/Spooner, Bismarck Century, 6-4, 6-3

Moody/Moe, Grand Forks Central, def. Morgan/Muscha, Bismarck, 6-3, 6-2

Rummel/Van Ells, Dickinson, def. O’Donnell/Johnson, Shanley, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Consolation semifinals

Beach/Bong, Fargo South, def. Kompelien/Christianson, Wahpeton, 6-0, 6-3

Rummel/Van Ells, Dickinson, def. Moody/Moe, Grand Forks Central, 7-6, 7-5, 6-3

Awards

All-state

Singles

Grant Bakke, Bismarck; Parker Lawley, Fargo South; Erik Johnson, Grand Forks Red River; Matt Fuka, Grand Forks Central; Joseph Lee, Grand Forks Red River; Ryan Hoverson, Grand Forks Red River

Doubles

Jacob LaDouceur/Phil Yunker, Grand Forks Red River; Heath Glenn/Jordan Nelson, Williston; Greg Wischer/Joey Anderson, Grand Forks Red River; Peter Frei/Thomas Schwandt, Fargo Shanley; Kyle Rummel/Luke VanElls, Dickinson; Evan Bong/Justin Beach, Fargo South

Senior athlete of the year: Jacob LaDouceur, GFRR

Coach of the year: Vic Youngs, Fargo South


Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562