June 13, 2018 10:37 PM
(ABC 6 News) – At Lourdes High School, the Eagles have won numerous state championships in many different sports—but the high school has to clear the way for a new trophy in their cases.
“They have a good balance of ‘it’s time to work hard, it’s time to have fun’,” Lourdes Head Boys Tennis Coach Steve Tacl said.
Last week at the Minnesota State Class A Boys Tennis Championships, the Eagles had a pair of individual winners (Kevin Turlington and Pavao Veldic were the Class A Doubles Champions), but every Eagle won in the end—literally.
“We played really well as a team and that was extra special,” Eagles senior captain Eric Chestolowski said.
Thanks to a dominant two-day performance in Minneapolis, the Eagles won the Class A State Team title—their first state title in boys tennis in school history.
“We played our best those two days at the state tournament,” Tacl said. “We were finally able to bust through this year, so it feels great.”
“We just played with a lot more confidence this year,” Chestolowski added. “I think we were a little bit more focused overall.”
At the state tournament, the Eagles outscored St. Peter (6-1), St. Paul Academy (5-2), and Thief River Falls (6-1) by a total score of 17-4.
“Every coach wants their kids to play their best tennis when the pressure is on them,” Tacl said. “When it’s a section tournament when it’s a state tournament, and that’s what we were able to do, that was the difference.”
“We’re dangerous,” Chestolowski said. “When we’re on the top of our games, we’re unstoppable.”
Tacl and Chestolowski felt they had the potential “right away” to win a state team championship this season.
“I knew we could do it,” Chestolowski said. “We just all had to play our best tennis.”
For the Eagles, being able to live up to those state championship expectations is a whole different kind of feeling—a state championship winning feeling, which doesn’t just represent the present, but the past as well.
“This group feels a little different because we were able to do what we did,” Tacl said.
Updated: June 13, 2018 10:37 PM
Created: June 13, 2018 05:50 PM
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