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CEC shuts out Superior, North Branch

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The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton tennis team’s “Hell Week” turned into more of a “Heck Week” last week, with persistent rain playing havoc with the team’s scheduled seven-match schedule.

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On Tuesday, the team played its scheduled match against Superior and routed the Spartans 7-0, winning every match in straight sets.

Ryan Willgohs, Ryan Lind, Ben Tomhave and Anders Pertler swept the singles, with Daniel and Seth Stevens making debuts at third doubles and winning 6-0, 6-1.

After a scheduled day off Wednesday, matches on Thursday and Friday were rained out, with the Friday match against Hermantown to decide the LSC championship. That match may be made up on Wednesday, as this issue of the Pine Journal went to press, weather permitting.

On Saturday, the team traveled to Cambridge to face the Bluejackets and North Branch Vikings and came out on top. They beat Cambridge-Isanti 5-2, with Christian Pritchett returning to the No. 1 singles place for the weekend. Willgohs and Rob Sobczak won in singles while Joey Gotchnik and Tim Paczynski won at first doubles and Josh Keith and Ben Tomhave won at No. 2.

CEC ran the table against the Vikings as well, posting a 7-0 win, with Pritchett, Lind, Gotchnik and Tomhave winning in singles, with the latter two winning by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

On Tuesday of this week, the ’Jacks posted a 6-1 win at Cook County, with the Vikings forfeiting the third doubles match due to a lack of players.  Willgohs, Tomhave and Pertler won in singles, with doubles teams of Lucas Tomhave and Paczynski and Josh Keith and Daniel Stevens posting victories.

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