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October 03, 2012 | 10:26 AM
Boys' tennis sectional always proves to be a tough task for Harrison County schools. Once again, Floyd Central and New Albany claimed titles in which local schools participated.
After narrowly defeating Corydon Central, 3-2, in Thursday's semi-final, Lanesville advanced to face the host, New Albany, in the sectional final.
Against the Bulldogs, the Southern Athletic Conference champion Eagles were outgunned, falling 5-0.
New Albany's Kyle Landrum won No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Zach Robinson. Lanesville's Ryan Fulkerson held strong in the opening set against Arvind Dhanapahl before falling 6-3, 6-0. Sweeping singles action, Alex Bates defeated Matt Husband in 6-1, 6-2 in No. 3.
Corydon Central’s No. 1 singles player Quinton Coffman, lunges for a swing against Lanesville. Coffman went 2-0 during the New Albany Sectional and advances to the Individual State Tournament. (click for larger version)
Doubles were dominated by the Bulldogs. Brett Medley and Ryan Zirnheld won 6-0, 6-1 over Jacob Chanley and Jon Ferree, while Spencer Dauphinee and Stephen Shaffer lost 6-0, 6-0.
Corydon Central's Quinton Coffman advanced to the individual state tournament after going 2-0 in sectional play.
Dropping the first set to Robinson in last Wednesday's semi-final didn't hamper Coffman, who went on to shutout his opponent in game two. Game three went the way of Coffman, eventually winning 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 in No. 1 singles.
Lanesville, however, won the remaining singles matches and the No. 1 doubles tilt to advance. Fulkerson downed Jeremy Buess in No. 2 singles 6-2, 7-6, while it took Husband three sets to defeat Austin Brasfield in No. 3 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The No. 1 doubles was won by Chanley and Ferree, beating Dalton Arnold and Nick Keith 6-1, 6-3.
Corydon Central's only other win came in No. 2 doubles with Mitchell Frederick and Ryan Price coming back to defeat Shaffer-Dauphinee 6-7, 6-1, 7-5.
The day prior, in the opening round, it was Coffman's rally that advanced the Panthers. Corydon Central used Coffman's 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over Hunter Stark to advance as a team, 3-2.
Corydon Central's other wins against the Rebels included Arnold and Keith over Henry Dunn and Ethan Foreman 6-4, 6-3 along with Frederick and Price teaming to oust Colton Foreman and Collin Kendall 6-1, 6-0.
South Central's two wins came in No. 2 (Logan Carter over Buess 6-3, 6-4) and No. 3 singles (Parker Gabhart over Brasfield 6-2, 6-3).
Corydon Central finished the season with a 13-7 record. It was a vast improvement after collecting four wins last year and three the year prior. The two struggling seasons came while the Panthers had to deal with waiting for revamping their tennis courts and playing every match on the road.
Panthers coach Michael Uhl said most coaches he talked to the past three years said they would not have kids come out and play if they had to practice and play everything on the road like they had to the past couple years.
Uhl said it shows the character of the kids they have, dealing with a tough situation but making it work.
At the Floyd Central Sectional, the Highlanders defeated North Harrison 5-0 in the semi-final en route to claiming their 26th consecutive sectional title.
The Cougars drew the bye but waited for the powerful Highlanders in Thursday's semis.
North Harrison managed to win two games on the singles court. Floyd Central's Alex Martin defeated Andrew Dones 6-0, 6-1, while Ryan Plunkett defeated Evan Longacre by the same score in No. 3 singles.
Floyd Central's Justin Batliner was a straight set winner over Jacob Outcalt, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles action, North Harrison was able to pick up more games but couldn't close out a set. Jack Stoner and Harrison Davis won 6-1, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles over Brad Nowak and Brandon Hawkins. Floyd Central's No. 2 team of Cody Endris and Andrew Nguyen topped Gage Arnold and Tyler Cockerham 6-1, 6-2.