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CEC boys play catch-up on tennis court

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton tennis team is in high gear after another busy week, with weather at last cooperating and allowing matches to be played.

On May 10, the 'Jacks defeated Hermantown 6-1 at home. Sean Kedrowski, Christian Pritchett, Ryan Lind and Joey Gotchnik swept the singles matches without the loss of a set, and the top two doubles teams of Ryan Willgohs and Rob Sobczak and Ben and Luke Tomhave also won their matches in straight sets.

On May 13, the 'Jacks lost a very narrow 4-3 decision to Ashland at home. Lind was the only CEC singles winner, defeating Luke Sherry in three sets by 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

The team had better luck in doubles, with Willgohs and Sobczak playing tiebreakers in both the second and third sets of their match against Thomas and Zach Whiting to earn a point. Scores were 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5).

Nick Tomhave and Tim Paczynski had an easier time at third doubles, beating Brett Krueger and Jon Lewis by 6-1, 6-3.

No. 1 singles player Kedrowski lost a tough three-set match as well, falling 6-3, 4-6, 5-7 after winning the first set against Felipe Olivera.

The team's third home match of the week was a Tuesday afternoon 5-2 win over Cook County.

Pritchett needed three sets to win at second singles over Pete Summers, with Lind winning a third set at 6-4 to take the third singles match.

But CEC earned a rather remarkable sweep in the doubles to win the match comfortably. All three of the teams -- Sobczak and Willgohs, Tom Matuszak and Anders Pertler and Daniel Stevens and John Frosig -- won their matches 6-0, 6-0 to complete a truly clean sweep of that co