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"Tennis in the Northland" by Jim Holden
Jim Holden was the Northfield boys' tennis coach from 1971-1987. When Jim retired in 2001 he decided to honor the tennis coaches and players of Minnesota by writing a book about their exploits.  Well, that book, a 75-year history of boys' tennis in Minnesota is titled “Tennis in the Northland.”
The book features narrative profiles of (1) all the singles and doubles champions; (2) prominent tennis coaches and families; (3) dynasty teams--Edina, Blake, Rochester, St. Cloud, Blue Earth; (4) Cinderella teams such as St. James and Minnehaha Academy; (5) girls who played on boys' teams before Title IX; and much more.
Readers will also discover many fun facts about former champions.  For example, one was the lead prosecutor at the Charles Manson trial (and author of the book Helter Skelter), another is one of the creators of the play "Triple Espresso," one had a tennis score book named after him, and still another took a lesson from tennis champion/hustler Bobby Riggs.
Former U of M men's tennis coach Jerry Noyce calls Tennis in the Northland "a remarkable history of high school tennis in our state--a must read for all of us connected with Minnesota tennis in any way."
Also included in the book are profiles of several Northfielders who either played for Northfield High School or now reside in the community. These include current Edina girls' tennis coach Steve Paulson, 1976 State doubles champions Andy Ringlien and Tim Ross, St. Olaf men's and women's tennis coach and 1975 doubles champion Scott Nesbit, and the Carlsons from Madison--two of whom were State doubles champions and all of whom played at St. Olaf.
Purchase this book for the bargain rate of $15, (sales tax and shipping costs included, initial retail price was $34.95).  The book would make a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for a tennis-playing friend or family member. If you are a former or current high school tennis player, coach, or a fan, you will want a copy of this 75-year history of boys' high school tennis in Minnesota.
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