Breck’s Class 1A team championship may have been the slowest developing title in state history.
The senior-studded Mustangs concluded a dominant postseason with a 7-0 victory over St. Paul Academy in the 1A team finals Wednesday at Minneapolis’ Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center.
Officially, the state championship was a two-day affair, with Breck winning a quarterfinal Tuesday and two matches Wednesday (it defeated Rochester Lourdes 6-1 in the semifinals). In reality, it started on Saturday, May 21.
That was when the Mustangs pulled off their biggest victory of the season, ousting three-time defending champion and archrival Blake 4-3 in the Section 2, 1A finals. Blake had been the No. 1-ranked team in Class 1A all season, and many thought another state championship was inevitable.
Breck turned that scenario upside down with its victory, then had to wait more than two weeks to finish the run it had started.
Breck coach Sion Wilkins might have been the only person who welcomed the layoff between team matches.
“It gave us a full week of practice,” Wilkins said. “We got the chance to scrimmage Wayzata, which had a great team, and it gave us time to get ready.”
Captain Lewis White is one of seven seniors on the Breck roster and also was on the 2012 Mustangs team, along with fellow captain Austin Wong, that won a state title. White said that both titles were fun, but this one was way more gratifying.
“To beat Blake AND go out as state champions?” he asked. “It is a lot whole lot better this time,” he said.