Crookston defeated East Grand Forks in the quarter finals, but was edged out by Perham.
The Crookston Pirates rolled into Fargo for the Section 8A Team Tournament in hopes of qualifying for the state tournament. The Pirates needed two team wins to advance to the Section Finals the following day. After winning in the quarterfinals, Crookston came up just short to Perham, ending the season for the Pirates as a team.
Crookston squared off against East Grand Forks in the quarterfinals. In the singles matches, the Pirates gained a quick 3-1 advantage with wins by Ally Tiedemann in first singles, Jaeden Lizakowski in second singles and Hayden Winjum in fourth singles.
Once the first doubles team of Amy Follette and Catherine Tiedemann won their match, Crookston clinched a spot in the semifinals. The second doubles team of Nissa Brekken and Hannah Street rounded out the Pirates’ wins to make the final 5-2.
In the semifinals match, Crookston played Perham for a chance to compete for the section championship.
The Pirates got off to a good start with Follette and Catherine Tiedemann winning first doubles. Perham was able to take the lead 2-1 with a second singles win over Elysa Christensen and by winning third doubles against Brekken and Street. Wins in fourth singles against Hannah Lindemoen and second doubles against Lizakowksi and Emma Borowicz gave Perham the pivotal fourth win to take the match. Ally Tiedemann and Hayden Winjum eventually won first singles and third singles to make the final 4-3 in favor of Perham.
The team finished the season with a record of 14-9-1. Although the team will not be advancing to state, there is still a chance for Pirates to qualify for state as individuals. The Section 8A Individual Tournament takes place today, October 13 beginning at 11 a.m. in Fargo.