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N.D. boys tennis: Central and Red River are gearing up for Thursday's state tournament

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Now to the tennis courts where Central is 14-0 as they enter the state tournament on Thursday.

The Knights will enter the tournament as the number one seed out of the east region.

Central won the region tournament last Thursday for the first time in 31 years and they defeated their rival Red River to accomplish it.

The team wants to keep that momentum going as they enter the biggest tournament of the year.

Now we look at Red River where they are 12-2 coming into the state tournament with their only two losses of the season coming to Central.

The Roughriders had won 17 straight titles between 1998 and 2014 but only 1 in the last three seasons.

Red River wants the championship back and understand they may need to beat their rivals to make that happen.

The team state tournament is on Thursday. We will be there and have highlights and reaction during our sportscast.

Mark Pearson

Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses. 

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