Three tennis Panthers move on as individuals
Lanesville reached the championship of the New Albany boys’ tennis sectional but weren’t able to knock off the host school.
The title match took place Friday, with the Bulldogs sweeping all five courts to defeat Lanesville 5-0.
Meanwhile, in the semi-final, Lanesville defeated rival Corydon Central, 3-2. The Panthers’ top players on the singles (Quinton Coffman) and doubles (Ryan Price and Clayton Schreck) won their respective matches to earn spots in the Individual Sectional tournament.
In the championship Friday, New Albany’s No. 1, Logan Sharbonneau dropped Lanesville’s Zach Robinson 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 singles was won by Alec Bates over Matt Husband while in No. 3, Jacob Stevens took down Joe Ferree 6-1, 6-3.
In doubles action, Jacob Kennard and Tanner Goller combined to defeat Lanesville’s Jon Ferree and Jacob Chanley by a pair of 6-1 scores. Lanesville’s Colton Rottet and Stephen Shaffer weren’t able to solve New Albany’s Nathan Johnson and Nick White in No. 2 doubles, falling 6-1, 6-2.
At Thursday’s semi-final of the four-team sectional, New Albany swept South Central while Lanesville took down Corydon Central.
Lanesville quickly won matches on the No. 2 and No. 3 singles courts with Husband and Joe Ferree rolling to 6-0, 6-0 decisions over Kyle McPhillips and Cameron Allen, respectively.
Wins were fairly easy for Corydon Central in the top seeds of singles and doubles. Coffman dropped one game to Robinson, eventually winning 6-1, 6-0. The win improved Coffman’s record to 18-3.
In No. 1 doubles, Price and Schreck gave up a pair of games to Jon Ferree and Chanley in the opening set but found a groove to win 6-2, 6-0.
All eyes then turned to the deciding match on court five in No. 2 doubles. Rottet and Shaffer rolled in first set 6-2, but had to fight off a better effort from Corydon Central’s Shaun Showalter and Jackson Taylor in the second. The Eagle pair eventually won out, taking the second set 6-4.
Playing on the opposite five courts, New Albany out-matched South Central. Rebels singles players Parker Gabhart, Austin Schoen and Dakota Lambert lost 6-0, 6-0.
South Central was able to score some games in doubles action. No. 1 doubles team of Jack Turner and Henry Hentrup fell to Kennard/Goller 6-1, 6-2, while, in No. 2, Logan May and Zach Goodwin lost to Johnson/White 6-0, 6-2.
Coffman, Price and Schreck moved on to the individual tournament, which began yesterday (Tuesday). Coffman was slated to face Clarksville’s Adam Bryant (7-10), while Price/Schreck were to take on Providence’s Ryan Day and Jacob Quinkert (21-0). The tournament, played at Floyd Central, is scheduled to continue through Friday if needed.