Competitive invite goes to Rangers
Among the top half of the standings, five points was it between the top four finishing boys’ tennis teams at the North Harrison Invitational on Saturday in Ramsey.
The only team to post more than one champion among the five playing spots was Salem (No. 1 and 2 singles), but the Lions were a forfeit in No. 3 singles.
Peaking just above everyone else was Forest Park, scoring a total of 35 points. Rivals Crawford County and North Harrison closed with 32 points each, while Salem had 30.
Corydon Central (19 points) took the fifth spot, while South Central (12) was seventh and Lanesville (three) was eighth.
Locally, North Harrison’s No. 3 doubles team of Zach Outcalt and Ben Book won all three of their matches without dropping a set.
Outcalt/Book did have a challenge in the championship, needing a tie-breaker to polish off the second set to defeat Forest Park’s Brandon Olinger and Levi Hoffman 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
On the road to the No. 2 doubles title, Outcalt/Book topped Salem’s Josiah Gahimer and Gavin Fleming 6-0, 6-2 then South Central’s Logan Stewart and Jacob Daugherty 6-1, 6-2. The Rebels’ pair placed fifth.
Corydon Central’s No. 2 doubles team of Jake Fields and Zeke Hansen came through the consolation bracket to place fourth, topping Gahimer/Fleming 8-2 (consolation matches played to eight-game pro-set).
Crawford County reached the finals in No. 1 and 2 singles, along with No. 2 doubles, but couldn’t snag a title.
At top singles, Salem’s Jaelen Nice bested Crawford County’s Adam Beasley 6-4, 6-2. Meeting in the first round of No. 1 singles, Corydon Central’s Clayton Schreck defeated North Harrison’s Ryan Dones 2-6, 6-4, 10-8. Shreck eventually lost to Nice in the semi-final.
South Central’s Austin Schoen also reached the semi-final at No. 1, dropping Lanesville’s Brent Hardin 6-1, 6-0.
Schreck went on to place third, beating Schoen in the placement round 8-6 while Dones took fifth.
Claiming No. 2 singles was Salem’s Landon Suvak, notching a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Crawford County’s Brent Smith in the championship.
North Harrison’s Cameron Voyles won a pair of consolation matches over South Central’s Daniel Fischer (8-3) and Corydon Central’s Shaun Showalter (8-3) to earn fourth place. Showalter placed sixth and Fischer seventh.
At No. 1 doubles, Forest Park’s duo of Reid Brown and Zach Wendholt needed three sets to up-end Crawford County’s Dalton and Dayton Pinter in the final, 6-3, 1-6, 10-4.
North Harrison’s doubles team of Ben Davis and Eldon Engleman won its first match 6-2, 6-2 but fell to the Forest Park pair in the semis 7-6 (7-2), 6-0. The Cougars’ No. 2 later took third, beating Corydon Central’s Cameron Allen and Max Glordan 8-2. South Central’s team of Brady Kuchenbroad and Chase Schoen placed sixth.
Winning the championship at No. 3 singles was Christian Academy of Indiana’s Josh Hahn.
North Harrison’s Cameron Higdon won matches against Lanesville’s Brandon Miniard (6-0, 6-0) and South Central’s Camden Read (8-3) to finish third. Corydon Central’s Blake Wiseman took two matches in the consolation bracket, the final 8-7 (7-4) over Crawford County’s Aaron Pearson for fourth. Read finished fifth.
Lanesville split its team between the North Harrison Invitational and the New Albany Invitational, both taking place Saturday. At North Harrison, Lanesville had seventh-place finishes in No. 3 singles (Brandon Miniard), No. 2 doubles (Tommy Tidstrom and Ethan Purdy) and No. 2 doubles (Gabe Govens and Dakota Fonda).
Team scores: 1. Forest Park 35, 2t. North Harrison 32, 2t. Crawford County 32, 4. Salem 30, 5. Corydon Central 19, 6. Christian Academy of Indiana 17, 7. South Central 12, 8. Lanesville 3.
Championship matches: Singles: No. 1 ‘ Nice (Salem) def. Beasley (Crawford County) 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 ‘ Surak (Salem) def. Smith (Crawford County) 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 ‘ Hahn (CAI) def. Hurst (Forest Park) 1-6, 7-5, 10-1; Doubles: No. 1 ‘ Brown/Wendholt (Forest Park) def. Day. Pinter/Dal. Pinter (Crawford County) 6-3, 1-6, 10-4; No. 2 ‘ Outcalt/Book (North Harrison) def. Olinger/Hoffman (Forest Park) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).