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PREP TENNIS: Bruins win share of PVL championship

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Bear River's tennis team beat Lindhurst on Wednesday and Colfax on Thursday to earn a share of the Pioneer Valley League championship.
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The Bear River tennis team earned a share of the Pioneer Valley League championship for the first time in school history with victories of previously unbeaten Lindhurst and rival Colfax.

The Bruins took on previously unbeaten Lindhurst at home Wednesday and earned the 5-4 victory with a series of stirring wins against a very experienced team.

Bear River’s No. 1 girls singles player, Sophia Christen, improved to 8-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Kristin Vang. The Bruins also earned wins from boys No. 2 Zack Tener, 6-4, 6-4, and girls No. 2 Emmy Christensen in a three-set battle 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.

The boys No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Tantum and Ian Hayes came back from a first set loss to win at 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 in the super-tiebreaker. The score was an even 4-4 going into the final match of the evening. In a highly competitive match at No. 2 girls doubles the Bruin team of Josie Booth and Nikki Scaglione prevailed at 6-7, 7-6, 10-8 to secure the key victory for the Bruins.

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On Thursday, Bear River traveled to the Auburn Racquet Club to take on rival Colfax in a match that would determine bragging rights as well as possibly helping the Bruins share the PVL title with Lindhurst. After a tense day filled with excellent tennis, the Bruins came out victorious, 5-4, to grab a PVL banner for the first time.

The Bruins got a couple of easy wins at boys singles with No. 1 Caleb Lowry prevailing at 6-1, 6-0 and No. 2 Tener winning at 6-2, 6-2. The number two girls doubles team of Booth and Scaglione won again at 6-4, 6-1 and the mixed doubles team of Charlie Kirks and freshman Miranda Williams earned a very emotional win at 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 to even the score at 4-4 going into the premier match of the day.

The girls No. 1 singles match featured two of the best players in the league in Bruin freshman phenom Christen and Falcon senior Sarah Detweiler. The match showcased athleticism and pure tennis artistry in a grueling three-set match that exhibited a wide range of tennis shot-making skills. After 2 1/2 hours, Bear River’s Christen improved to 9-1 on the year with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 victory, a win that gave the Bruins a 5-4 edge and a share of the PVL title.

The Bruins, who went 9-1 in league play, will now await the individual and team PVL tournament after spring break.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at wford@theunion.com or by phone at 530-477-4232.


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