The Crookston Pirates Boy’s Tennis team loaded up their doubles and won two of three and lost some competitive singles matches in a 5-2 loss to the Bemidji Lumberjacks in a match played in Crookston.
Crookston loaded up the doubles and had Blake Fee and Logan Wardner together for the first time since they finished second in the section tournament last year and advanced to state.  The Pirate duo came out strong and won the first set 6-1, and led early in the second set before Bemidji bounced back to win the set 6-3.  In the third set tie-breaker, Fee and Wardner dominated and won 10-2 to win the match.  The second doubles team was the brother duo of Nick and Jack Garmen.  The Garmen’s lost a close first set 6-4, but bounced back to win a hard-fought second set 6-4.  In the third set, the Garmen’s dominated and won 10-3 for the victory.  “The two doubles teams really played well,” said Pirate Coach Cody Brekken. “You could see the hustle points and how well they played and it showed they finished strong with the big wins in the tie-breakers.  It was great to see the guys fight and finish strong.”
The third doubles team of Chris Kazmierczak and Robert Janorschke played well and lost the first set 6-1.  The duo came out strong in the second set and lost a close 6-4 match.  “That was one of the longest matches of the day.  They played great today,” said Coach Brekken. “I saw a lot of good stuff from them today.”
On the singles side, Crookston lost all four matches, but the players and coach were happy with how competitive the matches were.  At first singles, Tanner Janorschke played one of the top players in Northwest Minnesota and lost 6-1, 6-1. “He was happy with his match and he was excited he got an ace too,” said Coach Brekken. “We like to use different line ups and I was happy to see Tanner compete like he did.”  At second and third singles, Mason LaPlante and Logan Schultz lost by identical 6-2, 6-3 scores and at fourth singles Logan Johnson lost 6-2, 6-0.  “I was impressed with those guys and moving the three around in the lineup they responded,” said Coach Brekken. “The more we get outside the better we will play and it was nice to see us play better than our last match against Thief River Falls.
Crookston drops to 0-3 on the year and will host Detroit Lakes on Thursday, April 25.

CROOKSTON-2 Bemidji-5 Win Score
1 Sing Tanner Janorschke Spencer Konecne BEM 6-1, 6-1
2nd Mason LaPlante Louis Saxton BEM 6-2, 6-3
3rd Logan Schultz Logan Jenson BEM 6-2, 6-3
4th Logan Johnson Logan Mitchell BEM 6-2, 6-0
1 Dubs Blake Fee
Logan Wardner
Si Hess
Michael Dickinson
Crox 6-1, 3-6, 10-2
2nd Jack Garmen
Nick Garmen
Ben Hess
Kolden Michalicek
Crox 4-6, 6-4, 10-3
3rd Robert Janorschke
Chris Kazmierczak
Erik Guida
Quincy Wilson
BEM 6-1, 6-4