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Cloquet boys tennis is off to a good start

The Cloquet boys tennis team had its Tuesday match postponed by bad and windy weather, but has made a solid start to its season in any event. On Monday, the 'Jacks fell 6-1 to the always-powerful Duluth East Greyhounds. Robbie Sobczak was the tea...

The Cloquet boys tennis team had its Tuesday match postponed by bad and windy weather, but has made a solid start to its season in any event.

On Monday, the ’Jacks fell 6-1 to the always-powerful Duluth East Greyhounds. Robbie Sobczak was the team’s winner at No. 2 singles, spotting Elliot Schneider the first set before coming back to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Joey Gotchnik lost his third set 7-5 at No. 3 singles and the first doubles team of Christian Pritchett and Josh Keith also went to three sets in its match.

But the prior matches for the Lumberjacks all went much better.

The team defeated Pine City 5-2 on April 14. The ’Jacks swept the singles, with Ryan Willgohs, Pritchett, Anders Pertler and Daniel Stevens losing only six games among the four of them in four straight-set wins. Josh Keith and Tommy Matuszak won at first doubles as well.

The day before, Cloquet defeated Mora 6-1 on the road. The same four singles players lost only seven games among them that day, with Pritchett and Pertler both turning in perfect 6-0, 6-0 wins. Keith teamed with Kyle Klatt for a win at first doubles and Matuszak paired with Dylan Clark for a win at No. 2 doubles.

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Cloquet also ran the table at the weekend Cambridge Invitational, defeating Cambridge-Isanti 4-3, Benson 4-3 and North Branch 7-0. In that last match, the entire 10-player team lost only eight games in seven straight-set wins, with eight of the 14 sets played resulting in 6-0 Cloquet wins.

Pritchett and Gotchnik earned medalist honors at first doubles while Keith and Klatt got medals at second doubles. Willgohs and Peter Tomhave earned medals in the singles portion of the event.

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