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Cougars, Eagles hold on vs. county rivals

Cougars, Eagles hold on vs. county rivals
Cougars, Eagles hold on vs. county rivals
Lanesville’s Landon Campbell lofts up a serve during the Eagles 3-2 win over South Central last Wednesday. Campbell and Austin Graves teamed up for a key victory at No. 2 doubles, defeating the Rebels’ Thayne McCrary and Hayden Thomasson 6-2, 6-4. Photo by Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

Overcast skies did little to deter tennis from taking place behind the North Harrison Fieldhouse last Tuesday when the Cougars played host to rival Corydon Central.

As expected of a matchup between rivals, the contest was tight. Utilizing victories at all three singles flights, it was the boys in blue that prevailed over the Panthers 3-2.

In a slight roster shakeup for both sides, the Cougars’ Zach Miller took the ball at the top singles against the Panthers’ Cooper Shireman. The matchup was one of two that needed a decisive third set as Miller walked away with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory. The other came from No. 3 singles, where Mason Swarens fended off Dylan Adams 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

At No. 2 singles, Jakob Hoyer had an easier time against the Panthers’ Eli Kvalheim, dispatching him in straight 6-1 sets.

The Panthers didn’t leave Ramsey empty-handed as they picked up victories at both doubles flights. Sam Cox and Ryan Hamilton led the way at the top doubles flights as they defeated the Cougars’ Jace Martin and Dawson Allen 6-4, 6-1. Trey Wiley and Thomas Wilkinson had a slightly more difficult time at No. 2 doubles but managed to put away Colten Smith and Blake Kellems 6-2, 7-5.

A day later, Lanesville was in a similar position as the Cougars when they hosted rival South Central. Utilizing wins at both doubles flights, as well as a decisive victory at No. 3 singles, the Eagles were able to clinch a share of the Harrison County title when they held off the Rebels 3-2.

The Rebels had the advantage at the top two singles flights, starting when Ty Jones took down the Eagles’ Ben Austin 6-4, 6-1. Craig Simpson had an easier time at No. 2 singles when he dispatched John Albers 6-2, 6-1.

The Eagles held their talons firm over doubles competition, starting with Dawson Teeter and Dayten Campbell besting the Rebels’ Ethan Hedden and Peyton Tyree 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles. Landon Campbell and Austin Graves followed at No. 2 doubles, taking care of Hayden Thomasson and Thayne McCrary 6-2, 6-4.

That brought the fate of the match over center court, where the Eagles’ Jack Crosby faced off against the Rebels’ Carson Ridge. Despite dropping the opening set to Ridge, Crosby rallied back to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give the Eagles the 3-2 victory.

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