The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team played the fifth-ranked Thief River Falls Prowlers in two cities in a span over five hours and after it was all said and done, the Prowlers won the match 6-1. The match started in Detroit Lakes where Thief River Falls beat Detroit Lakes in a dual before they took on Crookston. When the match began it started to rain and after 30 minutes of light rain the coaches decided to take a break and made a decision at about 3:45 to move the rest of the match to Thief River Falls where they had six available courts and no rain. The match resumed play about 5:30 p.m. at the Thief River Falls Franklin Middle School courts. “We had a lot of adversity today playing a match in two different towns. It wasn’t what we wanted the boys to face, but we needed to get the match in with three other section matches being rescheduled,” said Pirate Coach Cody Brekken.
Thief River Falls won the first doubles match before they left Detroit Lakes by a 6-0, 6-1 for a 1-0 lead. The Prowlers won the next five matches in straight sets to take a 6-0 lead with the fourth singles match remaining. Crookston’s Jack Garmen won the match 6-2, 6-2 to record the lone Pirate win. “Jack played a great match,” said Coach Brekken. “He is a consistent player and had some nice points and was solid today.”
Logan Wardner played at second singles and played a solid match. “Logan played tough,” said Coach Brekken. “He had some good rallies back and forth for some long points and was right there in his match.” The second doubles team of Robert Janorschke and Dilon Owens had a hard fought loss. “They had some long points and came up short,” said Coach Brekken. “There was a lot of long points and they played well, but couldn’t get the big points for the win.”
Crookston had a lot of long points and played competitive matches, but Thief River Falls was able to win the long points on their way to the 6-1 victory, but Coach Brekken liked what he saw from his team. “We had some good points and we let the cold and rain be an excuse, but we saw some good play out there,” said Coach Brekken. “We had some weaknesses exposed against a very good Thief River Falls team so we have an idea of what we have to work on the rest of the season. Overall, I was impressed with how the boys played today.”
Crookston drops to 0-2 in duals and will host Bemidj on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
|CROOKSTON-1||Thief River Falls-6||Win||Score|
|1 Sin||Nick Garmen||Cole Gillespie||TRF||6-2, 6-2|
|2nd||Logan Wardner||Tucker Skime||TRF||6-1, 6-3|
|3rd||Blake Fee||Camden Broadwell||TRF||6-1, 6-1|
|4th||Jack Garmen||Reece Janisch||Crox||6-2, 6-2|
|1 Dub||Tanner Janorschke