Lanesville reaches final, falls to NA
Scoring a 4-1 team win over Corydon Central in the New Albany Sectional semi-final, the Lanesville boys’ tennis team found itself in the championship Saturday.
Facing the host Bulldogs, Lanesville wasn’t able to knock off New Albany, falling 5-0.
At top singles, Lanesville’s Ethan Schickel was able to pick off a game against Nolan Keeler in the opening set before bowing out 6-1, 6-0. Lanesville’s Jacob Graves competed at No. 2 singles but fell to New Albany’s Ethan Holder 6-1, 6-2. Sweeping singles play, New Albany’s Thomas Ogden defeated Jonas Powers 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles play featured Lanesville’s Gabe Gowens and Jack Kaufer at the No. 1 spot. They weren’t able to defeat New Albany’s Cody Medley and Ben Stock, dropping two sets 6-3, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, New Albany’s Noah Johnson and Mitchell Meyer defeated Lanesville’s Ben Purdy and Ben Stacy 6-2, 6-3.
To reach the final, Lanesville won four courts versus Corydon Central on Friday afternoon. Corydon Central’s lone win came from Jake Fields at No. 2 singles, defeating Graves 6-3, 6-2.
The Eagles were able to win the remaining singles matches, led by Schickel (6-4, 6-3 vs. Corydon Central’s Zeke Hansen) and Powers (6-3, 6-2 vs. Corydon Central’s Tristan Seacat).
It was straight set wins for Lanesville against the Panthers on the doubles court as well. Gowens/Kaufer defeated Peyton Adams and Jacob Eve 6-3, 6-2, while Purdy/Stacy topped Cooper Desmond and Oliver Zink 6-1, 6-2.
South Central fell to New Albany in the opposite semi-final on Friday by a 5-0 team score.
The Rebels earned their way to the semi-final by edging out Christian Academy of Indiana in the first round Thursday, 3-2.
South Central swept doubles play with No. 1 players Jacob Daugherty and Chase Schoen defeating Myles Morgan and Jeremiah Robison 6-2, 6-4. No. 2 South Central players Brady Kuchenbrod and Will Weber were 6-4, 6-0 winners over Andrew Gallman and Sam Wright.
South Central’s third win came from No. 3 singles as Ryan Steen upended Ethan Sanders 7-5, 6-0.
CAI had wins from Daniel Boesing (6-1, 6-0 vs. Zach Needler) and Caleb Schultz (6-0, 6-4 vs. Bryce Lewis) at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
Floyd Central Sectional
The draw wasn’t favorable for the North Harrison boys’ tennis team, which faced the host Floyd Central Highlanders right off the bat.
Floyd Central was able to end the Cougars’ season with a 5-0 score in the first round.
The Highlanders were 6-0, 6-0 winners across the three singles courts with Lucas Sakamaki (No. 1) defeating Cameron Voyles, Connor Mason (No. 2) defeating Ben Davis and Eric Whitehouse (No. 3) defeating Ricky Baumgardner.
At No. 1 doubles, Floyd Central’s Alex Poe and Jordan Wilson also posted 6-0 scores to top Chandler Cahill and Jonathon Seitz. The No. 2 match-up saw Floyd Central’s Gabriel Cora and Joe Lincoln sweep Joe Davis and Felix Walther 6-0, 6-1.