Generals romp at NH Invitational
When the North Harrison Invitational tennis tournament was rained out late last month, Tell City found out it would be unable to make it back to Ramsey on the rescheduled date. A quick plea was made to schools around Southern Indiana to fill the spot, and Clarksville answered the call to arms.
That it was. The Generals showed little mercy as they rolled through Saturday’s postponed round-robin with 70 total points. Corydon Central was second with 36 points, followed by Forest Park (30), Crawford County (23) and the hosts with 22. Eastern notched 13 points, Lanesville had nine, and Borden two.
The only local champion is Corydon’s Amos Briscoe, who knocked off Ozair Shariff of Clarksville in two sets, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.
Briscoe starting things off with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Lanesville’s Bryan Hambley and had a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Rangers’ Neal Knies.
In the consolation round of No. 1, Brian Key of Crawford County won an 8-game pro-set over Kyle Fisher of North Harrison, 8-2.
Crawford’s David Gurtz earned second place at No. 3 singles when Clarksville’s Jake Tyler cruised, 6-2, 6-1. Corydon’s Scott Timberlake bounced back from a first-round loss to pick up third place by knocking off Greg O’Connell, 8-3.
Harrison County’s No. 1 doubles champions — Ross Atherton and Davey Thomas of North Harrison — looked to be on their way to another title before Dustin Crawhorn and Chase Best of Corydon tripped them up in the first game of the semifinal round, 7-5. Thomas and Atherton bounced back with ease in game two, 6-1. Game three was the biggest test, with the battle going to a tie-breaker. North’s pair eventually advanced, 7-6 (7-1 score).
Phil Carey and Nick Lawrence of Clarksville spoiled the day, however, taking the No. 1 doubles championship, 6-2, 6-1.
Matt Schickel and David Barr earned the highest finish of the day for Lanesville by taking third place in the division in a victory over Borden’s Beatty and Jones.
Jeremy Ledford and Clayton Hardsaw picked up 10 points for the Panthers in a hard-fought final set against Matt Flannigan and Jerad Money of Clarksville. After being defeated, 6-4, Corydon’s No. 2 doubles team rallied to take the second set, 6-4. They couldn’t keep the momentum in the third set, however, and wound up slipping to Money and Flannigan by 6-4.
Crawford’s Brown and Ruppe picked up third place, 8-2, over Eastern’s Souden and Ball.
In other action throughout the day, Fisher tripped up Hambley in the first round of No. 1 singles consolation matches, 8-4, while at No. 2, Lanesville’s Nick Geswein knocked off Corydon’s Zach Engleman in the opening round, 6-1, 6-2, before falling to the eventual champion, Luke Denton of Clarksville, 7-5, 6-3. Engleman went on to defeat Borden’s Brandon Cook, 8-5, in the first round of consolations before falling to Mike Kragel, 8-6.
At No. 3 singles, Lanesville’s Ryan McCulloch drew Tyler in the first round and lost, 6-1, 6-0, before falling to Eastern’s Greg O’Connell in the second-chance match, 8-3. North Harrison’s Chad Miller won his opening match, 6-3, 6-3, over O’Connell, but met his demise against Tyler as well, 6-1, 6-0.
Devon McCulloch and Patrick Huffman scratched their way through three sets and two tie-breakers before falling in the first round to Forest Park’s Fischer and Merkley, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1). If that weren’t enough, Lanesville’s duo put up another good fight against Crawford’s Brown and Ruppe in the first round of the consolation. McCulloch and Huffman couldn’t hang on, however, and wound up falling by an 8-6 score.