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BHS boys tennis: Jacks take second at Northwest Quad

Bemidji's Stephen Bucher returned this serve at the Northwest Quad Thursday. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The Thief River Falls Prowlers turned the tables on favored Bemidji Thursday to capture the Northwest tennis Quadrangular at the high school courts.

Beaten 5-2 by the Jacks in a dual match earlier, the Prowlers won five of their matches with Bemidji en route to a winning 15 points.

Bemidji had 13 with defending champion Crookston getting eight and East Grand Forks six.

The title was the 13th for the Prowlers, leaving them two behind Crookston and two ahead of Bemidji in the 44 year old tournament It was begun when the four schools were members oft the Northwest Conference and continued after that league's demise.

The title was closely contested throughout the cold day with scattered mist making play difficult for all players.

Some roster switches also played a role in the outcome.

Jake Thompson of Crookston won the No. 1 singles title needing a tiebreaker to beat Bemidji's Sam Weaver who also fell to Connor Hutton of TRF in the battle for second.

Bemidji's Ben Holter went 3-0 to take the No. 2 crown while Ryan Rude did likewise to win at No. 3.

Stephen Baker gave the Prowlers their first crown at No. 4 beating Adam Holter of Bemidji 6-2, 6-2 in the key match.

Thief River made its move in doubles winning at No. 3 and taking second at No. 1 and 2.

Jake Greenwood and Alex Spitsberg of EGF won at No. 1 in a switch from singles with Bemidji going 0-3.

Zach Srnsky and Henry Gutierrez of EGF won at No. 2 beating Thief River in a tiebreaker with both teams ending 2-1.

Bemidji was third at 1-2.

Josh Koop and Jorde Hutton clinched the win by sweeping the No. 3 doubles with Justin Byers and Kyle Fodness claiming second for Bemidji.

The two leaders will be back at it face to face tomorrow in a triangular at Bemidji. They meet in the 9:30 match with TRF and Monticello clashing at 11 and Bemidji and Monticello at 12:30.