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County netters fall short

Floyd County flexed its tennis muscle once against last week, sweeping a pair of tennis sectionals and advancing to the Silver Creek Regional.
In semi-final action at Floyd Central, the No. 6-ranked Highlanders took just 37 minutes to take out North Harrison, 5-0.
In the loss, the Cougars scored just three points across the five courts.
At No. 1 singles, Joseph Boesing blanked Tyler Schmidt, 6-0, 6-0; Ben Boesing was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Brian Kepley at No. 2 singles; and at No. 3 singles it was Gordie Crone who got a fight from North’s Sean Drury, winning, 6-0, 6-2.
On the doubles courts, Craig Kirchgessner and Adam Struble shut out Evan Magner and Anthony Robertson, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1. Kyle and Alan Austin fought valiantly at No. 2 doubles, but came up short to Floyd’s Ryan Knight and Ryan King, 6-1, 6-0.
The Highlanders went on to defeat Eastern in the championship, 5-0, to claim their 20th consecutive crown.
New Albany won its third straight sectional title on Friday, defeating Corydon Central in the final, 5-0.
Anthony Baxter knocked off Corydon’s Daniel Cheng at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2; Mitchell Meyer was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Michael Goins, despite what Corydon coach Jeff Smitley said was Goins’ ‘best effort of the year,’; and Chris Cruse cruised past Tyler Hoehn, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3 singles.
Daniel Ballage and Ross Goodwell topped Panthers Matt Key and Gordon Pennington, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles; while at No. 2 it was Alex Schroeder and Logan Watts who bumped Ryan Burton and Doug Pope, 6-1, 6-0.
The Panthers advanced to the final by defeating South Central on Thursday, 4-1.
Cheng won by forfeit, Goins posted a 6-1, 6-0 decision against Corey Dennison, and Hoehn was a straight-set winner against Wesley Hedden, 6-1, 6-1.
Pennington and Key outlasted Andrew Sherrard and Ryan Ellis, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 1 doubles.
South’s lone victory came at No. 2 doubles, where Micah Decker and Ethan Clem put the clamps on Burton and Pope, 6-1, 6-2.
New Albany’s trip to the championship included a 5-0 shutout versus Lanesville.
Baxter was a 6-0, 6-2 winner over Seth Jacobs; Meyer tilted Nathan Bleeker, 6-0, 6-2; and Cruse blanked Eric Schulz 6-0, 6-0. The doubles pair of Goodwell and Ballage notched a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Jeremy Smitley and Jeff Hammond at No. 1, while at No. 2 doubles, Schroeder and Watts were 6-2, 6-1 victors over Collin McCulloch and Cody Hussung.