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Floyd good as gold in sectionals

Floyd good as gold in sectionals
Floyd good as gold in sectionals
Lanesville's David Barr returned a volley from Ben Hanus in the semifinal round of No. 1 singles last Thursday afternooon. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Another year, another Floyd County domination of the boys tennis sectionals.
Host clubs New Albany and Floyd Central each won their respective sectionals last week under cool, clear October skies.
For the Bulldogs, it was their third-straight title, fourth in five years and 16th championship overall while the Highlanders, ranked 9th in the state, scored their 17th-consecutive triumph dating back to 1987.
The only Harrison County team to advance to the final matches on Friday was Lanesville.
The Eagles, who won the county tournament last month, suffered a 5-0 setback to New Albany.
At No. 1 singles, Jay Horrey, a well-rounded player who reads verses from a Bible tucked in his racquet bag in between sets, thundered past Lanesville’s David Barr, 6-2, 6-0.
Mitchell Meyer had a hard-fought 7-5, 6-2 win over Devon McCulloch at No. 2 singles and at No. 3, it was the Bulldogs’ Nick Briscoe dancing past James Hambley, 6-1, 6-1.
On the doubles courts, Patrick Huffman and Adam Brown fought the good fight but came up short against New Albany’s Matt Briscoe and Evan Campbell, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 1.
Drew Liagre and Matt Robinson closed out New Albany’s shutout by downing Brad Silger and Adam Phillips at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-0.
‘(New Albany) is pretty tough all the way down the line,’ Lanesville coach Matt Kellems said. ‘We knew it was going to be tough.’
To get to Friday’s final, Lanesville was a 5-0 winner over South Central on Thursday afternoon.
Barr churned out a 6-2, 7-6 win over Ben Hanus and McCulloch went 6-3, 6-3 over Craig Huffman. Hambley took a 6-4, 6-1 match from Levi Anderson.
Huffman and Brown were 6-4, 6-2 winners over Brad Mercer and Deavon Wiseman at No. 1 doubles and at No. 2, it was a 6-1, 6-2 victory by Stilger and Phillips that took out Matt Deatrick and Greg Gehlbach.
Corydon was ousted from the tournament by New Albany on Thursday as well.
Horrey raced by a sickly Dustin Thomas, 6-0, 6-0, Meyer shut out Rob Hipple, 6-0, 6-0, and Brooks Way avoided the double-bagel in a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Nick Briscoe.
Campbell and Matt Briscoe had the toughest match of the day, but still cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jeff Thomas and Nick Engleman at No. 1 doubles.
Scott Hanson and Akshay Mehrotra were blanked by Leagre and Robinson, 6-0, 6-0.
Things were slightly better in Galena, where North Harrison was bumped from the tournament on Thursday by Floyd.
The Cougars picked up two sets on the day, but still went down in a 5-0 defeat.
All three scores were the same (6-0, 6-0) on the singles courts: Jordan Hamilton defeated Kyle Fisher at No. 1, Joseph Boesing posted a victory over North’s Jason Shumate at No. 2 and Willy Goss was a winner over Erin Magner.
At No. 1 doubles, John and Michael Shearer picked up the second set of their three-set loss, 6-4, however they fell to Scott Hancock and Craig Kirchgessner, 6-0, 6-1.
North’s Cole Duffy and Tim Harmon won their first set against Andrew Voll and Zach Knotts, but the Highlander duo rallied to pick up a 6-0, 6-0 win the rest of the way.