He knew his Grand Forks Central Knights were the heavy favorites at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. He knew Grand Forks Red River stacked four of their top five in doubles and were likely the favorites in both of those spots.
That meant the state championship would come down to him at No. 1 singles.
“When I heard it, I knew there was probably going to be some pressure,” Sandberg said. “But I told myself, ‘Hey, I’ve been in this position many times. I’m not nervous.’ There probably were some nerves, but I just played the game I knew I could play.”
Sandberg, a Central senior and the reigning state singles champion, came through.
He beat Red River sophomore Espen Schneider 6-2, 6-2 to win the decisive match as the Knights beat the Roughriders 3-2 to claim their second-straight team championship. It marked the first time Central has won back-to-back team titles since 1975 and 1976.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with the guys,” Central coach Max Weisser said. “It’s a nice end to a really fun