Pirates' season comes to an end, take 6th place.
The Crookston Pirates boys tennis team advanced to the consolation championship of the Minnesota State High School League team tournament for a second year in a row.
The Pirates looked to repeat as consolation champs, but were met by a tough Litchfield opponent.
“They were tough,” Pirates head coach Mike Geffre said. “They’re the top-ranked public school in Class A. We had some real competitive matches with them.”
Litchfield overpowered Crookston 7-0 to hand the Pirates a sixth-place state finish.
“We just weren’t able to get over the top in any of (the matches,)” Geffre said. “Just a lot of fun to play. Last day of the state tournament is always a good time.”
At the tournament’s conclusion at St. Paul’s Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center, Geffre said the overall outcome is almost precise.
“That’s probably pretty accurate I’m thinking,” Geffre said. “Looking at the teams that were in there and how we matched up it was probably pretty close.”
Seniors Matt Garmen, Thomas Cymbaluk, Logan Prudhomme, Mitchell Olson and Jake Widseth depart from the team.
“(They’re) not just good tennis players, but outstanding individuals,” Geffre said. “They work hard in the classroom, they do things the right way. They’re just a good group. They paid their dues and earned their way into the state tournament.
“Now it’s up to the underclassmen to follow their lead.”
Note: The Blake School won the Class A Team title with a 7-0 win over Virginia.
Crookston vs. Litchfield
No. 1 – Josh Prahl (L) def. Matt Garmen (C) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – Trevor Meyer (L) def. Nick Garmen (C) 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 – Jordan Green (L) def. Mason LaPlante (C)
No. 4 – Matthew Wedin (L) def. Jack Garmen (C) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 – Jon Madsen/Zach Kaizer (L) def. Mitchell Olson/Jake Widseth (C) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 – Cody Lendt/ Andrew Fisher (L) def. Blake Fee/Thomas Cymbaluk (C) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Griffin Kinny/ Payton Prahl (L) def. Logan Prudhomme/Logan Schultz (C) 6-2, 6-1