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History of Men's Tennis at North


Men’s tennis began at North during the 1910-1911 school year.  That year, two students participated against other schools.  However, the Minneapolis Conference play was not organized until 1921-1922 season. The Minnesota State High School League began holding state tournaments in 1928-1929 school year.  At that time, only individual and doubles champions were crowned.  Team champions were first crowned in 1949-1950 school year.

 At the beginning, Men’s Tennis was played in both the Fall and the Spring.  There were two seasons, with a conference champion crowned each season.  North won two conference championships, one in the fall of 1925 and the second in the Spring of 1926 (both during the 1925-1926 school year.)  It is unknown when tennis moved solely to the Spring. 

Two Polars have won individual state titles.  The first was Esser Shragowitz (Class of 1947) in 1945-1946.  Three years later, Allan Goldstein (Class of 1950) also became an Individual State Champion.  No one from North has ever won a state doubles championship or state team championship. However, the 1959-1960 team won the region and placed 9th in the state tournament.

Coaches of the Men’s Tennis team have included: Ronald Anderson (2007-present), Seng Lo (2005-2007), Bryan Maloney (1999-2005), Jerry Kneisl (1982-1999), Ray Carlson (1973-1976), JohnKing (1968-1969), James Kanwischer (1967-1968), Gary Parker (1964-1967), John Conover (1963-1964), Vernon Backes (1960-1962), Carl Kroening (1957-1959), John Conover (1949-1957), Marvvin Skaurud (1947-1949), Carl Larson (1946-1947), William N. Mandeville (1942-1943), Arthur Lindman (1936-1941), Albert Schultz (1935-1936), Egil Solsness (1932-1933), Albert Schultz (1931-1932), Chester Saxby (1926-1931), Winworth Williams (1924-1926), Chester Saxby (1922-1924),  and Winworth Williams (1921-1922).  No records have been found as to who coached the team for years that are missing.