Crookston defeated Long Prairie Grey Eagle and dropped matches to Park Rapids and Pequot Lakes.

    The Pirates battled weather along with some stiff competition and came out 1-2 in a quadrangular. Crookston (3-5) lost the opening match to Park Rapids 5-2, bested Long Prairie Grey Eagle 5-2 and ended the afternoon with a 4-0 rain-shortened loss to Pequot Lakes.

    Park Rapids stole three of the four singles matches beating Hannah Street 6-0, 6-0 (first singles), Eden Haller 6-1, 6-0 (second singles) and Emma Osborn 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 (third singles). Halle Winjum took the only singles match winning fourth singles 6-1, 6-2.

    The Pirates claimed one of the three doubles matches with the first doubles pair of Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz winning 6-3, 6-1. Macy Fee and Emma Gunderson lost second doubles 3-6, 6-0, 10-3 and Halle Bruggeman and Isabelle Smith dropped third doubles 6-1, 6-0.

    “We were missing some kids because of marching band,” Head Coach Mike Geffre said. “We were missing Hayden Winjum and [Elysa] Christensen and Hannah Lindemoen. The kids still went out there and competed pretty well to make a competitive match against a team many people are figuring are going to be one of the favorites in the section.”

    Against Long Prairie Grey Eagle, Crookston snagged three singles matches and two doubles matches. Tiedemann came up short in first singles 6-1, 6-2, but Borowicz (second singles; 6-4, 6-0), Street (third singles; 6-0, 6-0) and Winjum (fourth singles; 6-0, 6-0) all emerged victorious in two sets.

    Osborn and Haller in first doubles provided the fourth win taking the match 6-1, 6-3 and Gunderson and Bruggeman beat their second doubles opponents 6-2, 6-1. Macy Fee and Brekken Tull played two close sets, but the third doubles match went to LPGE 7-6(7-4), 7-5.

    “Long Prairies Grey Eagle is a little younger of a team compared to Park Rapids, but to come out and get a varsity win for some of those kids is pretty good,” Geffre said.

    Before the rain concluded the match against Pequot Lakes, the Pirates trailed 4-0 after dropping third singles (Haller; 6-1, 6-0), fourth singles (Abby Borowicz; 6-0, 6-0), second doubles (Winjum/Gunderson; 6-1, 6-0) and third doubles (Fee/Bruggeman; 6-2, 6-0).

    “Pequot had their whole team back minus one player and then they had a player move in who is a very good number one,” Geffre said. “That made them that much better. I would say, in the next couple of weeks, Pequot is going to be ranked in the top 10 in Class A.”

    Crookston continues their road stint with a match in Moorhead on Friday, August 31 at 10 a.m.

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