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Langworthy takes 3rd in Section 8-1A

Senior Joelle Langworthy finished her prep tennis career by making her mark a big one on the Detroit Lakes girls' program.

Langworthy played to a third-place finish in the Section 8-1A singles playoffs, the highest place for a Laker in over two decades.

"That's a huge accomplishment," said DL head coach Kris Omberg. "It was the best-case scenario, besides making state."

Langworthy received a first-round bye in the section tournament, then proceeded to down Brainerd's Briana Radenbacher in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

But the quest for a section title ended in the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-4 loss to St. Cloud Tech's Rachael Zweiener, forcing Langworthy into the bronze match.

The DL senior downed Alexandria's Jenna Galstad by winning a first-set tiebreaker 11-9 and cruising to a 6-2 second set win.

Langworthy opened the section tournament up with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Brainerd's No. 1 singles player in the first round of the team competition, which the Warriors won.

"Everything was on for Joelle, from her serve to her body language," Omberg said. "She didn't have any double faults and her ground strokes were on."

Langworthy's strong junior and senior seasons have been a boost of energy to the Laker program, Omberg said.

"We had girls who were not playing in the later rounds of the section, wanting to come along to watch," the DL coach said. "That's exciting to see these girls excited about the game."

The Laker duo of Tess Hamre and Brianna Seebold also garnered one win in the section, but lost to Alexandria's Rebecca Lukes and Brianna Eberts in the second round.

"That was huge for them to advance past the first round," Omberg said. "They looked very strong playing together. Again, if the girls saw that they can win in the section, it can happen for any one of them."

The Lakers also had Katie Anderson and Laurenn Johnson competing in section singles.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.