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Being short of players continues to plague Crook County High School tennis team

The Crook County Cowboy tennis team dropped one match and tied another this past week.

Without being able to field a complete team, the Cowboys have been losing matches because of defaults, and this week was no exception.

Monday the Cowboys fell 8-0 to the Redmond Panthers before coming back to tie the Pendleton Buckaroos 4-4 on Wednesday.

The Cowboys won just two sets in official action against Redmond. However, as the team has done all year, some players have competed in more than one match even though the second match does not count.

In counting matches, Joey Stenbeck and Gabe Rothenbucher each lost singles matches 6-0, 6-0. In doubles play, Aidan Bonner and Stephen Strong lost 6-0, 6-0, while

Layton Marshall and Aidyne Barnes lost 6-2, 6-0. Crook County lost the remaining matches by default. Then, in pro sets, Marshall and Bonner each lost 8-1, while Stenbeck and Rothenbucher fell 8-0 and Strong and Barnes fell 4-8, also in pro sets.

Then on Wednesday, the Cowboys had their best match of the year as they hosted Pendleton. With Pendleton also short of players, the two teams elected to play all singles matches with their top players. Pendleton won both the number one and two singles matches as Stenbeck fell 6-2, 6-0 and Rothenbucher lost 6-3, 6-1. However, Bonner took a 6-4, 6-3 win at number three singles and Barnes took a 6-3, 6-3 win in number four singles action.

Then, in non-counting matches, Stenbeck and Marshall fell 8-1 in a pro set, while Rothenbucher and Strong took an 8-4 win in their non-counting doubles match.

Technically, Crook County won the match as Pendleton was forced to default a doubles match with Crook County having two extra players. However, with both teams playing players in extra matches, the two wrote the match off as a draw.

The Cowboys played at Hood River Valley on Monday, then are scheduled to host The Dalles Wednesday in a 3 p.m. match.


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