After seeing its streak of 12 consecutive sectional championships come to an end last year, the Columbus North boys tennis team was hungry to regain the title.
The Bull Dogs did that in a big way Friday afternoon. They won all five matches in straight sets in a 5-0 victory against Brown County.
“I know the guys were disappointed not being able to keep the streak going last year,” North coach Kendal Hammel said. “It’s nice to get it back and continue our tradition.”
The Bull Dogs (16-3), who will play in the Seymour Regional semifinals on Tuesday, used four easy wins to wrap up the match early. Krishan Narsinghani blanked Nathan Miller at No. 2 singles, and Kevin Luo blanked Shane Franklin at No. 3 singles, both by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Luke Red and Ernest Xi downed Bryce Fish and Evan Rose 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles, and Mitchell Miller and Aditya Mantri topped Brady Rose and Dakota Patterson 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
The match of the day came at No. 1 singles, where Anthony Sanders beat Duncan Ricci 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
“I thought I was playing all right at the beginning, but then I started to step my game up because I thought I really needed to play my best to win,” Sanders said.
“It was nice to have him pull out a win,” Hammel said. “He fought hard (Thursday) night and did a nice job.”
North edged Columbus East 3-2 in Thursday’s semifinals. The Eagles (11-10) had advanced to the final by beating Edinburgh 5-0 in Wednesday’s first round and Hauser 3-2 in the semifinals.
“The season came to an end tonight, but I am as proud of the team as I could be,” said Brown County coach Kevin Roush. “In the face of a stronger foe, we did not back down. We fought as hard as any team that I have coached.
“Duncan fought and fought, and with a couple of small breaks, he would be playing next week. Nate played extremely well although the score does not show it. With the core of this team back and the incoming freshman, the future of BC tennis looks bright.”
Jennings County falls short against Greensburg
NORTH VERNON — Jennings County fell just short against Greensburg, which took the sectional championship 3-2 on Friday.
Tod Brown took a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles for Jennings County, while Owen Land and Colton Pifer notched a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Bryson Mills lost at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2, Evan Land dropped his No. 2 singles match 6-4, 6-3, and Tyler Clerkin and Adam Jackson lost their No. 1 doubles match 6-1, 6-0.
JCHS finished the season
North sophomore Anderson tied for 16th at state
FRANKLIN — Columbus North sophomore Sydney Anderson carded a 5-over-par 77 Friday and is tied for 16th at the midway point of the girls golf state finals.
Anderson, who qualified for state as an individual, started on the back nine at the Legends Golf Club and parred the first eight holes. She fired a 37 on her first nine before finishing with a 40 on the front nine.
Defending champion Kelly Grassel of Chesterton leads the field following a 3-under 69.
Columbus North fights
to 1-1 tie against Carmel
CARMEL — Columbus North and No. 1-ranked Carmel finished in a 1-1 tie on Friday night despite the Bull Dogs playing most of the game due to a red card for a hand-ball penalty inside the box at the 20-minute mark.
After Carmel tied the match at 1-1 at that point with the penalty kick, North would not give an inch. “All the players hunkered down,” said head coach Andy Glover. We played 60 minutes with 10 players against the No. 1-ranked team in the state.”
Glover wouldn’t discuss his strategy, only to say, “We still attacked and we had our opportunities.”
Glover said his team received fantastic backline play from McClain Goggin, Mason Engle, Hugh Hammil and Robbie Hughes. He also said Will Bridgeman and Reid Wilson were outstanding.
Bridgeman scored North’s only goal at the 10-minute mark unassisted.
North goes into the postseason with a 10-1-3 overall record.
“We scheduled that game last intentionally because we knew what to expect,” Glover said.
Columbus Christian ties
INDIANAPOLIS — Will Morris scored on an assist from Nick Bridgewater to spark Columbus Christian to a 1-1 tie against hose Southside Christian on Friday.
Keeper Dalane Shaull had seven saves for Columbus Christian.
Brown County soars past
Southwestern in 3 sets
SHELBYVILLE — Brown County rolled to a 25-11, 25-10, 25-13 victory Thursday at Southwestern.
Morgan Dobbs pounded nine kills, Kari Barnett recorded 24 assists, Lizzie Jackson had three blocks, Madison Taylor added seven digs, and Sasha Robinson served three aces for the Eagles (16-5).