GRAND FORKS – Chad Anderson pulled back the curtain and peaked his head into Court 4.

He whispered to his top player, eighth-grader Monti Knewtson, that their West Fargo Sheyenne team had won two singles matches and was one more from history.

“I was so excited,” Knewtson said. “I just wanted to get the last few points over as fast as I could.”

She did.

Knewtson won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Sheyenne ended Grand Forks Red River’s 15-year winning streak in girls tennis with a 3-2 victory in the championship of the East Region team tournament.

It marked Red River’s first loss since the 2001 state championship against Bismarck Century. Since then, the Roughriders have won 203 consecutive duals.

“We’ve been so close for so many years,” said Anderson, the longtime coach at West Fargo before moving to Sheyenne when the new school opened. “Wow, what a feeling. Red River always is so tough. For them to do this day in and day out, I have to hand it to them. They’ve done such a great job. For us to come through like we did. . . wow. It’s such a great feeling.”

The Mustangs stormed the court after Knewton’s match ended, huddled up, cheering and laughing, while the Roughriders looked on.

“I don’t think we played our best tennis this weekend in all three matches -- not just the one we got beat in,” Red River coach Greg LaDouceur said. “Sheyenne is a very good team. They deserve everything they got. We put our best lineup out there and they beat us. Congrats to them. Take nothing away from their girls. They played better than we did today.”

LaDouceur had a long conversation with his team after the dual ended.

“There are a lot of programs in this country that would love to be 203-1 over the last 204,” he said. “They need to be proud of that. I’m proud of that. Terry (Paukert) is proud of that. And the kids are, too.

“It hurts. It’s something that hasn’t happened for a long time. So, it stings a little bit. To stand out on the court and see the other team celebrate, I hope that hurt them a little bit. I hope we remember that next weekend when we play.”

Sheyenne, who also received wins from Preeti Chemiti and Pooja Chemiti, will head to the state tournament with the East’s No. 1 seed.

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