Tennis in the Northland book chronicles history of boys' high school tennis in Minnesota

Former or current high school tennis players, coaches and fans should check out Tennis in the Northland, a 75-year history of boys' high school tennis in Minnesota written by former Northfield High School English teacher and boys' tennis coach Jim Holden.

The book features narrative profiles of all the singles and doubles champions from 1929-2003; prominent tennis coaches and families; the dynasty teams of Edina, Blake, Rochester, St. Cloud and Blue Earth; and "Cinderella" teams such as St. James, Minnehaha Academy and Minneapolis South. The book also includes a chapter on the unpredictable weather that often plagues Minnesota tennis players in the short spring season, and another about girls on boys' teams before Title IX. This last chapter tells the remarkable story of Peg Brenden, a young woman who sued the State High School League so she could play on the St. Cloud Tech boys' team in 1972

Of particular interest to Northfielders are stories about 1976 state doubles champions Andy Ringlien and Tim Ross; a profile on Steve Paulsen (former Northfield and St. Olaf star and last year's national girls' tennis coach of the year -- at Edina); information about other former players such as Doug Cowles, Jason Nasby (a state doubles champion), Mark Welinski, Dan James (the USTA national wheelchair tennis coach), and the Cieslukowski brothers -- Steve and Tom; a sketch of current St. Olaf men's and women's tennis coach Scott Nesbit (a state doubles champion -- from Edina), and many stories about Carlson family members who now live in Northfield (Greg, a former state doubles champion, Dr. Gary, Barry, Kristin, and mother Carol); and names of former players of Holden.

Readers also will discover fun facts about former champions. For example, 1951 singles champion Vincent Bugliosi was the lead prosecutor at the Charles Manson trial (and author of the book Helter Skelter). Bill Arnold is one of the creators of the play "Triple Espresso." John Wirtanen had a tennis scorebook named after him, and Jack Thommen took a lesson from tennis champion/hustler Bobby Riggs.

Former University of Minnesota 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 everyone connected with Minnesota tennis in any way."  And two-time singles champion Mark Wheaton from Minnetonka (brother of David) calls it "the definitive and complete history of Minnesota high school boys' tennis that will come to be recognized as the bible of Minnesota high school tennis." The book also includes a foreword from Steve Wilkinson of Gustavus Adolphus College, arguably one of the greatest Division III college tennis coaches in the nation.

The book is available from the author, from BookHouse Fulfillment or by calling 1-800-901-3480.