MINNEAPOLIS — The Hibbing High School doubles tandem of Carter Anderson and Ryan Osborne watched their season come to an end at the State Class A Doubles Tournament Friday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.
After winning one and losing one on Thursday, Anderson and Osborne took on Dillon Vue and Jerusalem Thao of Mounds Park Academy in a consolation-round semifinal contest.
Vue and Jerusalem defeated Anderson and Osborne 6-4, 7-5 to end their season.
“It was quite obvious that we had two singles players playing a doubles team, so we weren’t quite ready for this,” Hibbing coach gary Conda said. “Had we played more doubles during the season, we would have been fine.
“The match came down to a couple of shots, and a little better positioning would have helped us out.”
Conda did say that Anderson and Osborne returned serve well, and they did put some pressure on Vue and Jerusalem.
“We just didn’t close out points at the net,” Conda said. “That was the difference in the match. It came down to one or two shots where they moved forward and cut off a ball and put it away.
“That was the difference.”
All in all, the Bluejackets had a great season on the court.
“Having the whole team there, with some of these young ones with us to watch, it’s going to help quite a few players,” Conda said. “They’re motivated for next year because they saw how exciting it can be.”
At the State Class AA Track and Field Meet, the Bluejackets Ayva Burkes ran a time of 58.84 in the open 400, which was good enough for seventh place in her heat, but that wasn’t good enough to qualify for the finals.
“I knew it was hot and it would be tough,” Hibbing coach Serena Sullivan said. “It was 90 degrees outside and in that last 100-meters, you could tell that it was taking a toll on her body.
“The girls pulled away from her. She didn’t have that get-up-and-go that she normally does. She wasn’t that far off a PR, so I can’t be more happy for her with that, considering it was hot out.”
Burkes still had another chance with the 4x400 relay, along with Elizabeth Tuomi, McKenzie and Kourtney Manning, but that foursome placed eighth in their heat with a time of 4:06.38, officially ending their season.
“We’re sad to see Lizzy and McKenzie run their last race today,” Sullivan said. “We were hoping to make it to finals or break the school record. They fell behind after the first leg, and from there, it was playing catch up the whole time.
“The heat got the best of us, but all in all, it was our second-fastest time of the year. We can’t complain about that either. It was a good day. We were hoping for more. Next year, hopefully, we can get our bodies acclimated to the weather.”