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North Harrison doubles player Gage Arnold, above, sends a shot back over the net against Salem. Photos by Brian Smith

Storms impede conclusion of NH Invite


August 27, 2014 | 09:42 AM

Saturday's rain total of 1.35 inches (according to weather.com) in Ramsey was more than plenty to wash out the late boys' tennis rounds of the North Harrison Invitational.

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Lanesville's Jake Chanley prepares to serve in a No. 1 doubles match.
Players in the eight-team event battled through hot and humid conditions prior to the heavy rain and thunderstorm.

North Harrison coach Bart Bigham said the conclusion of the invitational will take place throughout the week or weekend, depending on the availability of participating teams.

Reaching the final of No. 1 singles were the top players from the host school and Corydon Central. Playing for North Harrison, Andrew Dones gave up one game during two matches.

In his opener, Dones swept Crawford County's Brian Mitchell with a pair of 6-0 sets. Advancing to round two, Salem's Caleb Couch was coming off a three-set win over Forest Park's Matt Miller, but proved to be no match for Dones. Cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 win, Dones place himself in the championship.

Earning a bid on the opposite side of the No. 1 singles' bracket was Corydon Central's Quinton Coffman.

Making quick work of his opening-round opponent, Coffman defeated South Central's Parker Gabhart 6-0, 6-2. In the semi-final, Coffman dropped Lanesville's Zach Robinson 6-2, 6-2.

Robinson earned an opening round 6-0, 6-0 win over Christian Academy of Indiana's Kevin Wang.

In doubles action, the No. 1 teams of Lanesville (Jon Ferree and Jake Chanley) and North Harrison (Brad Novak and Gage Arnold) were to meet in the championship.

Ferree and Chanley won by straight sets over Crawford County (6-3, 6-4) and Forest Park (6-4, 6-3).

Posting impressive wins were Novak and Arnold, topping Corydon Central's Clayton Schreck and Cameron Allen 6-2, 6-0, then Salem's Derek Sinex and Jaelen Nice 6-1, 6-1.

Lanesville's Matthew Husband was able to reach the semi-final in No. 2 singles, defeating South Central's Zach Goodwin 6-0, 6-2 in the first round.

In No. 3 singles, Lanesville's Joe Ferree won his opener, 6-1, 6-1, over North Harrison's Dylan Slucher to reach the semis.

Also winning their opening-round match were Lanesville's Colton Rottet and Stephen Shaffer in No. 2 doubles.

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