Several advance as individuals
Two Harrison County schools reached sectional finals last week in boys’ tennis, while six players moved on to the individual sectional tournament.
Lanesville and North Harrison were able to advance, meeting sectional favorites in the championship round on Friday. Lanesville, however, fell to host New Albany, 5-0, while North Harrison bowed out with the same score at the Floyd Central Sectional to the Highlanders.
Advancers to the individual sectional came from the New Albany event.
Last Wednesday, in the opening round, Lanesville eked out a 3-2 win over rival South Central.
Scoring wins for the Eagles were Matt Husband in No. 2 singles over Hunter Stark and Jon Ferree dropping Austin Schoen 6-2, 6-2.
Lanesville picked up another straight set victory with Gregory Daly and Ryan McCubbins romping against Dakota Lambert and Logan May 6-2, 6-0.
South Central managed to win two matches at the top spots in singles and doubles. Winners at No. 1 singles and doubles on a team that doesn’t advance move on to the individual state championship tournament.
Punching tickets for that opportunity were Parker Gabhart in No. 1 singles along with Henry Hentrup and Jack Turner in doubles.
Both matches against the Eagles went the full three sets. Gabhart came away with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Zach Robinson. The Hentrup/Turner battle with Stephen Shaffer and Spencer Dauphinee was just as tight. The Rebels pair also dropped the first set 6-3 but bounced back to win the next two, 6-3, 7-5.
In the semi-finals, Lanesville met Corydon Central and saw similar results. Husband defeated Ryan Price 6-2, 6-2, while Ferree ousted Clayton Schreck with a pair of 6-0 scores. Daly and McCubbins had more of a challenge in the first set, winning 7-5 versus Kyle McPhillips and Jackson Taylor. The second set was a little more convincing, 6-2.
Corydon Central, however, came away with Quinton Coffman, Jeremy Buess and Nick Keith advancing as individuals.
Coffman, who improved his season record to 15-7, defeated Robinson 6-2, 6-4.
Playing together for the 10th time this year (8-2 record), Buess and Keith defeated Shaffer and Dauphinee 6-0, 6-2.
Advancers to the individual tournament were slated to play yesterday (Tuesday) and again today at Floyd Central. Corydon and South Central doubles’ teams met yesterday. Meanwhile, Coffman drew a bye and will meet the winner of yesterday’s match between South Central’s Gabhart and Clarksville’s No 1.
In the championship match versus New Albany, Lanesville was unable to upset the Bulldogs. New Albany won 5-0 without dropping a set.
At No. 1 singles, Logan Charbonneau defeated Robinson 6-0, 6-4. Eric Bates ended Husband’s season with a 6-1, 6-2 match, while Nathan Johnson dropped Ferree 6-2, 6-3.
At the Floyd Central Sectional, North Harrison defeated rival Crawford County in a tight match, 3-2, on Thursday.
The match wasn’t so close at No. 1 singles with Andrew Dones taking a straight set 6-0, 6-0 victory over Kim Knieriem.
Scoring a win in doubles, the No. 1 team of Brad Nowak and Gage Arnold rolled to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Ty Stevens and Tyson Sloan. To earn the team win, Dylan Slucher took No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Brennan Kannapel.
Craig Waynescott (No. 2 singles) along with the team of Cameron Higdon and Ryan Dones (No. 2 doubles) dropped their matches. Waynescott dropped his against Drake Melton in three sets.
The win advanced the Cougars to the sectional final against Floyd Central.
The Highlanders were too strong across the three courts, upending the Cougars.
Ryan Plunkett defeated Dones in No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-1 while Waynescott and Slucher were unable to score a game off their opponents.
Dones finished the season with a 16-2 record, his only other loss coming to Scottsburg.
Arnold and Nowak were able to earn three game victories, but fell to Jack Stoner and Reed Plunkett 6-1, 6-2. Arnold and Nowak finished 14-4 on the season.