Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Corydon Central’s boys tennis team has been on a roll.
Beginning with a home match against Paoli on Aug. 28, the Panthers won six straight tilts heading into Saturday’s Harrison County Tournament. The Black and Gold continued its win streak by sailing to the championship win for the second straight year.
The Panthers won with a total of 18 points. North Harrison and Lanesville tied with 13 apiece; however, the Cougars had a pair of champions to capture second place. South Central wrapped things up with three consolation-match victories for six points.
Corydon, which faces juggernaut Floyd Central at home today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m., scored points at every position.
“We’re playing really well right now,” coach Regan Gusler said during the match. “They just got going. I don’t know what it is or what caused it.”
Amos Briscoe nailed down a win in No. 1 singles by besting Lanesville’s Brian Hambley, 6-0, 6-1, in the final. Briscoe defeated South’s Kevin Hanson in the first round by the same margin while Hambley advanced with a gritty 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Cougars’ Kyle Fisher.
Hanson met his equal in the consolation round in Fisher, but found a way to produce a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win for two points.
Clayton Hardsaw and Jeremy Ledford paired up for the victory at No. 2 doubles for the Panthers. They beat North Harrison’s John and Michael Shearer, 6-1, 6-1, in the final and blanked Lanesville’s Brad Stilger and Nathan Dougherty, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinal round. The Shearers opened the day by tripping up Deavon Wiseman and Brad Brown of South Central, 6-2, 6-4.
Wiseman and Brown rallied from their earlier defeat to steal third place from the hands of Stilger and Dougherty, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Zach Engleman was a runner-up for Corydon at No. 2 singles, falling in a hard-fought match to Lanesville’s only individual champion, Nick Geswein, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. Geswein knocked off North Harrison’s Si Stock in the opener, 6-1, 6-3, while Engleman downed South’s Joey Babcock, 6-4, 6-0.
In the consolation, Babcock hiccuped in the first set, 2-6, to Stock, but rebounded to take the next two, 6-4, 6-4, for third place.
Corydon’s Chase Best and Dustin Crawhorn started off strong in the final round of No. 1 doubles against Davey Thomas and Ross Atherton of North Harrison and took the first of three sets, 6-4. The Cougar pair narrowly escaped with the second set, 7-5, before shutting out Best and Crawhorn for the win, 6-0.
Matt Schickel and David Barr of Lanesville, finished off by a left-handed smash in the first round by Best, 7-5, 7-5, had no trouble in the first game against Brad Mercer and Greg Keen of South Central in the third-place round, 6-0. The Rebels’ pair had a much better showing in the second round, but still came up short, 7-5.
The last of the Panthers’ points came from Scott Timberlake at No. 3 singles: he was a consolation round victor over the Rebels’ Ben Hyde-Hanus, 6-2, 6-1.
Taking top honors at No. 3 singles was North Harrison junior Chad Miller, who bounced back strong from a first game, 3-6 setback to beat Lanesville’s Ryan McCulloch, 6-0, 6-3, in three.
McCulloch defeated Timberlake in the first round, 6-3, 6-4, and Miller advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hyde-Hanus.
Corydon Central Athletic Director Tom Preston announced that the Panthers’ home match against North Harrison, which was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed because of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., has been rescheduled for Sept. 25.
North Harrison Athletic Director Keith Oppel has announced the North Harrison Invitational, which was rained out on Aug. 25, has been rescheduled for this Saturday morning.
Tell City was originally in the lineup, but can’t attend and will be replaced by Clarksville in the round-robin.