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Knights win conference tennis championship

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Spalding wins HC singles title; Cassidy is runner-up

By The Staff

The Marion County boys tennis team won the Heartland Conference tournament last week, and the Lady Knights finished as the conference runner-up.

In the boys tournament, Marion County’s Alex Spalding defeated his teammate, Ryker Cassidy, in the boys singles championship in the Heartland Conference tournament last week. Spalding also won the title last year and in 2012.  

Spalding, who was the top seed in the tournament, reached the finals by defeating Daniel Williams of Adair County and Samuel Kessler of Campbellsville without losing a game.

Cassidy, the second seed, knocked off Jackson Hunt of Campbellsville, 6-1, 6-0, in the quarterfinals and then defeated No. 3 seed Ben Sharpe of Taylor County, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, Hank Hardin and Bryce Spalding finished as the runner-up. In the quarterfinals, the Knights duo knocked off the No. 2 seeds Kidwell and Settle of Campbellsville. After splitting two sets, Hardin and Bryce Spalding won a supertiebreaker, 10-3. 

In the semifinals they defeated the fourth seeds, Taylor County’s Boerjesson and Pankrath, 7-6(2), 7-6(4).

In the doubles final, however, they fell the No. 1 seed, Harris and McCubbin of Taylor County, 6-0, 6-1.

The Marion County girls finished second in the team competition.

The girls doubles team of Kristina Leake and Miranda Bradshaw finished as the runner-up. They defeated No. 2 seed Haley and Williams from Campbellsville, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 4 seed Auberry and Summers of Taylor County, 6-0, 7-6(5), before losing in the finals to No. 1 seed Johnson and Williams, also of Taylor County, 6-1, 6-1.

”We are particularly happy with our wins in doubles because that’s probably an area where we can improve the most,” Williams said. 

The Marion County Knights and Lady Knights also swept LaRue County recently.

 

Heartland conference tournament

Girls Singles

1. Alyssa Farmer

Quarterfinals- def. Morgan Milby (Campbellsville) 6-2, 7-6(4)

Semifinals- lost to No. 1 Kassie Miller (Taylor), 6-2, 6-3

2. Allison Buckman

Quarterfinals- lost to No. 4 Brooklyn Harris (Campbellsville), 6-1, 6-0

Girls Doubles

1. Allie Evans/Jeni Hall

Quarterfinals- def. Dickens/Ford (Campbellsville), 6-0, 6-1

Semifinals- lost to No. 1 Johnson/Williams (Taylor), 2-6, 6-4, (10-4 super tiebreak)

2. Kristina Leake/Miranda Bradshaw

Quarterfinals- def. No. 2 Haley/Williams (Campbellsville), 6-3, 6-2

Semifinals- def. No. 4 Auberry/Summers (Taylor), 6-0, 7-6(5)

Finals- lost to No. 1 Johnson/Williams (Taylor), 6-1, 6-1

Boys Singles

1. Alex Spalding

Quarterfinals- def. Daniel Williams (Adair) 6-0, 6-0

Semifinals- def. Samuel Kessler (Campbellsville) 6-0, 6-0

Finals- def. #2 Ryker Cassidy (Marion) 6-0, 6-2

2. Ryker Cassidy

Quarterfinals- def. Jackson Hunt (Campbellsville) 6-1, 6-0

Semifinals- def. No. 3 Ben Sharpe (Taylor) 6-1, 6-1

Finals- falls to No. 1 Alex Spalding (Marion), 6-0, 6-1

Boys Doubles

1. Trevor Hood/ Michael Spalding

Quarterfinals - def. Ward/Fitzgerald (Campbellsville), 6-0, 6-0

Semifinals- fall to #1 Harris/McCubbin (Taylor), 6-2, 6-4

2. Hank Hardin/ Bryce Spalding

Quarterfinals- def. No. 2 Kidwell/Settle (Campbellsville) 6-2, 4-6 (10-3 super tiebreak)

Semifinals- def. No. 4 Boerjesson/Pankrath (Taylor) 7-6(2), 7-6(4)

Finals- fall to No. 1 Harris/McCubbin (Taylor), 6-0, 6-1

LaRue County, April 10

Girls Singles

1. Alyssa Farmer falls to Madison Lee, 6-4, 7-5

2. Allison Buckman falls to Caitlin Lewis, 6-0, 6-0

3. Miranda Bradshaw def. Rachel Wolf, 6-0, 6-1

Girls Doubles

1 .Evans/Hall def. Lucas/Allen, 6-1, 6-0

2. Leake/Osbourn def. Donahue/Garcia, 6-1, 6-3

Boys Singles

1. Alex Spalding def. Preston Howell, 6-1, 6-0

2. Ryker Cassidy def. Alex Best, 6-0, 6-0

3. Colby Hood def. Cole Constant, 6-1, 6-0

Boys Doubles

1. M. Spalding/T. Hood def. Sanders/Hart, 7-6(4), 7-6(5)

2. Hardin/B. Spalding def. Brey/Lawler, 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 (tiebreak)

Bardstown April 16

Girls Doubles

1. Evans/Bradshaw def. Filiatreau/Dennison, 6-1, 6-1

2. Obata/Leake def. Finn/Rapier, 6-2, 6-1

Girls Singles

1. Alyssa Farmer def. Allie Tucker. 6-2, 6-0

2. Allison Buckman def. Renee White. 6-4, 7-5

3. Jeni Hall def. Josie Wiseman. 6-1, 6-3

Exhibition: Gamez/Thompson fall 2-6

Boys Doubles

1. Hood/Farmer def. Shirokawa/Kalife, 6-3, 6-1

2. Obata/Bradshaw fall to Patel/Ferguson, 6-0, 6-2

Boys Singles

1. Alex Spalding def. Devia Lobos, 6-0, 6-0

2. Ryker Cassidy def. Devon Chaney, 6-2, 6-1

3. Bryce Spalding def. Isaac Crume, 6-0, 6-0

Exhibition: Hardin/B. Spalding win 8-4

Central Hardin, April 9

Girls Singles 

1. Alyssa Farmer falls to Emily Novak, 6-1, 6-0

2. Allison Buckman falls to Riley Keys, 6-0, 6-0

3. Ireland Cassidy falls to Emaleigh Board, 8-0

Girls Doubles 

1. Evans/Hall fall to O’Brien/Ditto, 6-3, 6-0

2. Leake/Obata fall to Handel/Scheeren, 7-5, 6-0

Boys Singles 

1. Ryker Cassidy falls to Joel Nason 2-6, 6-2 (8-10 super tiebreak)

2. #2 singles- Draw due to time

3. Hank Hardin lost, 6-0, 6-0

Boys Doubles 

1. T. Hood/M. Spalding lost, 6-3, 6-4

2. A. Spalding/Farmer won 7-5, 6-1

John Hardin

Girls Singles 

1. Alyssa Farmer falls to Kristina Herrera, 7-5, 6-2

2. Allison Buckman falls to Aliyah Bilal, 6-0, 6-2

3. Ireland Cassidy won 7-6(4), 6-2

Girls Doubles 

1. Evans/Hall def. Hoernke/Covelin, 6-2, 6-1

2. Leake/Obata def. Carroll/Wilson, 7-6(2), 1-6

Boys Singles

1. Ryker Cassidy falls to Tyler Edelin, 6-0, 6-1

2. Colby Hood falls to Carson McCann, 4-6, 7-5 (7-10 super tiebreak)

3. Hank Hardin lost, 8-4

Boys Doubles 

1. T. Hood/M. Spalding won, 6-2, 6-1

2. A. Spalding/Farmer won, 6-2, 6-1.