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Pirates eliminate Panthers with 6-1 quarterfinal win

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The season ended for the Park Rapids boys tennis team as Crookston posted a 6-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A tournament Tuesday at Thief River Falls.

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Max Brown and Scott Smith coasted to a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles to account for the Panthers' only win. Park Rapids entered as the No. 6 seed.

The No. 3-seeded Pirates dropped only four games in sweeping the four singles matches and added straight-set wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 doubles to defeat Park Rapids by a 6-1 margin for the third time this season.

The loss ended Park Rapids' record in dual meets at 3-10.

In Tuesday's other quarterfinal matches, No. 1 Thief River Falls blanked No. 8 Perham 7-0, No. 5 East Grand Forks defeated No. 4 Staples-Motley 5-2, and No. 2 Detroit Lakes blanked No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0.

In the semifinals, Thief River Falls defeated East Grand Forks 6-1 and Crookston eliminated Detroit Lakes 5-2. Thief River Falls repeated as section champs with a 6-1 win over Crookston in the finals.

Crookston 6, Park Rapids 1

No. 1 singles: Wade Johnston, C, over Jonah Pearson 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 singles: Fabian Klein, C, over Armando Padilla 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3 singles: Noah Fagerlund, C, over Chris Shaw 6-1, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Ross Forney, C, over Bob Swanstrom 6-0, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles: Nick Biermaier/Carter Denison, C, over Steve Smith/Alex Renner 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles: Max Brown/Scott Smith, PR, over Alex Prudhomme/Travis Vatthauer 6-2, 6-3.

No. 3 doubles: AJ Biermaier/Ethan Mercil, C, over James Kujawa/Kyle Dickinson 6-2, 6-3.

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