Six Pirates compete in section individual tournament

Jacob Shames
Crookston Times
Mason Owens during Crookston's 4-3 win over Benson on Monday in the Section 8A team tournament. Owens, along with his playing partner Jack Garmen, won one match and lost another in the Section 8A doubles tournament Tuesday.

While the Crookston boys' tennis team saw its team season come to an end in the semifinals of the Section 8A tournament with a 4-3 loss to Minnewaska Area on Monday, six Pirates took the court in the individual portion of the tournament Tuesday in Grand Forks, N.D.

Jack Garmen and Mason Owens, the No. 4 seed in the doubles bracket, cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Blake Brehmer and Max Young of Benson in the first round. In the quarterfinals, they fell to Fergus Falls' duo of Noah Tarczon and Matt Niblock, the No. 5 seed in a hard-fought match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

All of the other Pirates competing Tuesday were defeated in straight sets.

No. 11 seeds Isaac Thomforde and Nathan Kelly lost 6-2, 6-1 to Damon Uhde and Nik VanDyke of Minnewaska Area. In singles, No. 6 Erik Coauette lost his opening match to Ethan Quelle of Minnewaska Area, 7-5, 6-0, and No. 13 Evan Christensen fell to Josh Petersen of Perham 6-0, 6-0.

UP NEXT: The Pirates did not have any state qualifiers for the 2021 season, but will return their entire roster in 2021 as they did not have a senior on the roster. 

Crookston did have eight juniors this season, including Christensen, Coauette, Garmen and Owens.

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