The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team continues to improve and after a 4-3 loss to the Perham Yellowjackets, they bounced back to win their first match of the season with a 4-3 victory over the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a pair of Section 8A matches played on a cool and windy afternoon at the Crookston High School Tennis courts.

Nick Garmen won his first singles match 6-2, 6-2 and Perham won the rest of the singles matches 36-1.  “Nick played great today.  It was nice to see him move the ball where he wanted to today.  He played a great match,” said Pirate Coach Cody Brekken. “The way Perham had it set up their singles were tough and it was tough to get some points from them.”
Crookston had better success in the doubles matches with Blake Fee and Logan Wardner winning the first doubles match 6-0, 6-2 and Tanner and Robert Janorschke teamed up to win their second doubles match 6-4, 6-3.  “Both those doubles teams really played well.  Blake and Logan worked well together and had a very strong match,” said Coach Brekken.  “Tanner and Robert had a good match.  They worked through some struggles and picked each other up.  Both doubles teams beat some pretty good Perham teams, so they were nice wins.”  The match was tied at 3-3 with the deciding match at third doubles with two freshmen, Jack Garmen, and Mason Owens.  The Pirates lost a hard-fought first set 6-4 and Perham pulled away in the second set for a 6-1 victory to win their match.  “It was the longest match with long rallies.  They played tough, but Perham was a little too much to handle,” said Coach Brekken. “It was a couple of things here and there that made the difference and they were playing two upperclassmen and just came up a little short.”  They started second-guessing some shots I think   With the Perham victory, they won the match 4-3.  “We played tough today.  Everybody played well and overall it was a good match for us today,” said Coach Brekken.

CROOKSTON- 3 Perham- 4 Win Score
1st Sin Nick Garmen Carter Cresap Crox 6-2, 6-2
2nd Mason LaPlante Josh Peterson Per 6-1, 6-0
3rd Dilon Owens Gunnar Anderson Per 6-0, 6-0
4th Evan Christenson Drew Birkeland Per 6-0, 6-0
1st Dubs Blake Fee
Logan Wardner
Ryan Murphy
Elijah Schmidt
Crox 6-0, 6-2
2nd Tanner Janorschke
Robert Janorschke
Anthony Reese
Jordan Muench
Crox 6-4, 6-3
3rd Jack Garmen
Mason Owens
Dylan Fudge
Landon Stevens
Per 6-4, 6-1


Crookston took advantage of East Grand Forks missing a couple of players and the Pirates won their first match of the season with a 4-3 victory at the Crookston High School Tennis courts.  “It was huge for us to get the first win, it was a great day of tennis for the guys today,” said Coach Brekken.

Nick Garmen made quick work of his first singles match and won 6-1, 6-0 in about 20 minutes.  “Nick played a kid that wasn’t used to playing first singles and Nick took advantage of it,” said Coach Brekken. “Nick did a nice job of using angles and came to the net and had a nice match.”  The first doubles team of Blake Fee and Logan Wardner won their match with ease, by a 6-2, 6-3 victory to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.  “That was a good match with the chemistry of those two and they made quick work of the match,” said Coach Brekken.
The third doubles match was the next match to go final and East Grand Forks won 6-1, 6-1, but Crookston’s Mason Owens won his third singles match 6-3, 6-1 to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead with three matches left.  “Mason had his first win at singles today and he usually plays doubles and now that he is seeing some success at singles,” said Coach Brekken.
The next match complete was the second doubles match, where East Grand Forks won in three sets and Crookston’s lead was 3-2.
Crookston solidified their first team victory of the season when Jack Garmen won a hard-fought match 6-4, 6-4 at third singles to give the Pirates their fourth victory and a 4-2 lead in the match.  “Jack has had a lot of long battles all year and it was nice to have him come out on top,” said Coach Brekken.
East Grand Forks won the second singles match, but Crookston held on for their first victory of the season with a 4-3 victory.  “The guys are playing their best tennis right now and that is great to see,” said Coach Brekken. “We have been getting some practice outside on the courts so that has helped, but they are working hard and now that we having some success the guys are working even harder.”
Crookston improves to 1-9 on the year and will travel to Bemidji on Monday for a triangular with Bemidji and Grand Rapids.

CROOKSTON- 4 EGF- 3 Win Score
1st Sin Nick Garmen Justin Smerer Crox 6-1, 6-0
2nd Mason LaPlante Josiah Gehrls EGF 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 10-8
3rd Jack Garmen Tanner Lubinski Crox 6-4, 6-4
4th Mason Owens Rudy Juarez Crox 6-3, 6-1
1st Dubs Blake Fee
Logan Wardner
Parker Anderson
Justin Marciniak
Crox 6-2, 6-3
2nd Tanner Janorschke
Robert Janorschke
Blake Felch
Bryce Huot
EGF 6-3, 1-6, 10-8
3rd Dilon Owens
Evan Christensen
Seth Aaker
Cole Gerber
EGF 6-1, 6-1