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Cowboy doubles pair, Rothenbucher pick up victories over Riverhawks; Stenbeck loses a wild match

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County's No. 1 singles player Joey Stenbeck, rips a shot against The Dalles. He lost a tough 0-6, 6-1, (12-10) decision.The Crook County High School boys tennis team dropped a pair of matches this past week, falling to Hood River Valley and The Dalles by identical 8-0 scores.

Monday in Hood River, the Cowboys struggled to get going. Number one singles player Joey Stenbeck fell 6-1, 6-1. In number two singles action, Layton Marshall fell 6-2, 6-1. The Cowboys then defaulted on the remaining two singles matches. In doubles play, Aidan Bonner and Gabe Rothenbucher were blanked 6-0, 6-0 in number on action, while Stephen Strong and Aidyne Barnes were shut out 6-0, 6-0 in number three doubles. The Cowboys then defaulted the two remaining doubles matches.

The two teams also played four additional non-counting pro-sets, with the first player or doubles team to 8 games winning the set. In those matches, Bonner fell 8-0, Barnes lost 8-0, Stenbeck and Rothenbucher lost 8-1, and Strong and Marshall lost by a close 8-5 count.

Wednesday at home was a different story. Although the final score of both matches was officially 8-0, the actual results were very different. The Cowboys lost all four official contests to The Dalles, but then won a pair of non-counting matches.

At number one singles, Stenbeck had his chances but was unable to maintain momentum as he fell 0-6, 6-1, (12-10). In number two singles action, Bonner hung close for much of the match before finally falling 6-2, 6-3. In number one doubles play, Marshall and Rothenbucher fell 6-1, 6-0, before Barnes and Strong lost 6-0, 6-1 in number three doubles play. Then, in unofficial matches, Strong and Marshall took an 8-2 win over The Dalles number three doubles team, while Rothenbucher took an 8-4 victory over the Riverhawks' number three singles player.

Crook County played at Ridgeview on Monday, then are on the road again on Wednesday when they take on the Redmond Panthers in a 3 p.m. matchup.

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