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Crook County High School girls lose tight one to Panthers and Cowboys shut out

LON AUSTIN - Maria Knight rips a forehand during her 8-2 win over Redmond's Kaisa Chapaner in Redmond Sept. 30. Knight was playing number three singles for the Cowgirls, who tied the Panthers but lost the match when game wins was factored as the tie-breaker. The Cowboys had a tougher day against Redmond, losing 8-0.

After their first tennis match was postponed due to smoke and their second match canceled because of rain, the Crook County High School tennis team finally saw action on Wednesday, Sept. 30 when they traveled to Redmond to take on the Panthers.

The Cowgirls and Panthers each won four matches. However, Redmond won more sets, 44-42 to take the match.

Crook County number one singles player Kaylee Carr defeated Redmond's Maria Gradilla 8-4 to give the Cowgirls an early lead.

Redmond's number two singles player Naya Lewis then tied the team score with an identical 8-4 win over Crook County's Alena McCabe.

Cowgirl number three singles player Maria Knight then gave Crook County the lead with an 8-2 victory over Redmond's Kaisa Chapaner, while Meredith Cooper won the number four singles match 8-0 over Redmond's Sarina Outman.

The Panthers then won three of the four doubles matches as they edged the Cowgirls.

First, Kloe Scherner and Sharisty Kooch whipped Cecily Cooper and Sammy Thompson 8-2 in number one doubles action. The Panthers kept rolling with Yuelith Gradilla and Annette Garcia rolling past Lillian Hoffman and Abby Barker 8-1 in number two doubles play. Redmond's final win came at number three doubles where Carmen Shulthess and Grace Stott took a 4-8 victory over Yadhira Ceja and Haven Housley. Crook County then took the final match of the evening as Macy Wiederholt and Juzlin Howe defeated Hadley Aiders and Brynn Capps 7-6 at number four doubles.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys struggled to gain any traction as Redmond cruised to the shutout victory over the Cowboys.

Skyler Jones started things off for the Panthers with an 8-1 win over Joseph Stenbeck at number one singles. Yoshi Sato then rolled to an 8-0 blanking of Layton Marshall at number two singles. The two teams did not play either a number three or four singles match.

The Cowboys also lost all three doubles matches that were contested.

Ben Sather and Brayden Duke fell 8-2 to Charlie Rawlins and Tanner Jones at number one doubles, then Gabe Rothenbucher and Marshall fell 8-0 to Easten Craft and Ganel Ortiz before the Panthers closed out the night with an 8-1 win over Aidyne Barnes and Aidan Bonner.

The Cowboys were back on the court on Friday as they took on the Panthers at CCHS. Although Redmond still won the match, the Cowboys were more competitive. Stenbeck fell 5-8 to Redmond's Xavier Nichorchuk, then Sather defeated Ryan Kettle 8-5. Bonner and Barnes also had competitive matches, finally falling 8-5 to David Gradilla and Brody Gobler, respectively, while Rothenbucher lost 8-4 to Willy Hunt.

In doubles play, Redmond's Yoshi Saiot and Garrett Osborne rolled past Stenbeck and Sather 8-1. Easton Croft and Evan Otten defeated Marshall and Rothenbucher by the same score before Julian Gonzalez and Brody Joyce edged Barnes and Bonner 8-5. In one final match, Nichorchuk and Hunt defeated Alana McCabe and Maria Knight, two members of the Cowgirl tennis team, 8-2.

Both the boys and girls teams have two more matches, a home match with Ridgeview on Tuesday and a road trip against the Ravens on Thursday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.


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