Saints tennis team heads to state!

(Above) A compilation of photos taken late Monday afternoon as the Saints' boys tennis team received an escort through town, courtesy of the St. Peter Fire Department and Kasota Fire Department, on their way to the state tourney in Minneapolis. The Saints take on Rock Ridge at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. More details below!

Good luck to the Saints’ boys tennis team as they take on Rock Ridge (Virginia) at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) in the opening round of the Minnesota State Class A Team Tennis Tournament at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

The Saints earned their spot at state with a 4-3 winner over Litchfield in the Section 2A championship, while Rock Ridge defeated Hibbing 6-1 in the Section 7A title match. The St. Peter/Rock Ridge loser drops into the consolation semifinals set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The winner advances to the championship semifinals at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6. 

Team members include (listed alphabetically by last name and grade): seniors Colton Abels, Marty Anderson, Sam Buffington, Anders Dixon, Will Elias, Ian Gerstbauer, Tyson Schmitz, Magnus Soderlund, and Ben Taylor; junior Luke Gilbertson; sophomores Quinn Dixon, Callum Harmes, Ezekiel Ribar and Eli Stoll; and freshman Jaxson Schaefer.


The following is the complete Class A schedule:

8 a.m. - Rochester Lourdes vs. Thief River Falls
10 a.m. - ST. PETER vs. Rock Ridge 
Noon - St. Paul Academy vs. Breck
2 p.m. - Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Foley 

Consolation semifinals - 4 & 6 p.m. 

Championship semifinals - 8 & 10 a.m.
Consolation championship (Fifth place) - noon
Third place match - 2 p.m.
Championship - 4 p.m.

For complete state tourney info go to