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When Columbus North and Columbus East met on the tennis courts on Sept. 4, the Bull Dogs came away with a 4-1 victory.
Following that match, the Olympians changed their lineup, flip-flopping their top two singles players and moving Alex Pegram from No. 1 doubles to No. 3 singles. East has lost only once since then, and today it will face the seventh-ranked and undefeated Bull Dogs for the North Sectional title.
“We made some lineup switches, and hopefully, our doubles have got a little better,” East coach Jim Stone said. “Hopefully, they’ll stay confident and not get wrapped up in all the hoopla to start the match.”
“Anything can happen, but we have to be feeling confident and feeling good about the way we’re playing right now,” North coach Kendal Hammel said. “I know their lineup has changed, but I think for the most part we feel like we have the edge at the positions.”
Both the Bull Dogs (16-0) and Olympians (16-2) breezed through their semifinal matches Thursday. North lost only two games in five matches in a 5-0 win over Hauser (6-11), while East dropped only five games in a 5-0 win over Brown County (11-9).
“We knew going into this match that we were probably the favored team, but we didn’t want to come out and play sloppy,” Hammel said. “I felt like we came out and took the aggressor at all the positions, didn’t sit back and mess around, took it serious, and hopefully, it carries over to (today).”
“I like the way they were intense,” Stone said. “We played Brown County before, and it wasn’t a real close match, so I was kind of concerned that they’d overlook them. But they came out and worked on some things that we wanted them to work on to get better.”
North’s Luke Red beat Kyle Benedict 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Krishan Narsinghani downed Will Rose 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Rahul Jha blanked Avery Tallent 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Anthony Sanders and Jake Likens topped Zane Urbans and Joel Benedict 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Kevin Luo and Aditya Mantri beat Adam Carr and Luke Meier 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
“The boys played hard, and you can’t ask for much more than that,” Hauser coach John Pratt said
East’s Matt Fuehne against Bryce Fish at No. 1 singles and Seth Meyer against Dakota Patterson at No. 2 singles won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Pegram beat Cash Myres 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, Jo Jo and Sammy Woolwine downed Nathan Miller and Evan Rose 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles and Alex Galle and Matt Furnish blanked Shane Franklin and Brady Rose 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
“I thought Bryce played the best match of his entire career tonight,” Brown County coach Kevin Roush said. “Dakota hustled. Cash got to hit with somebody that wants to hit. Doubles were a little flatter than I think they could play, but they still played well.
“I was extremely proud of the way that we played today,” he said. “We didn’t back down to a team that is arguably much better than we are. I think we can walk out of here knowing that we didn’t come over here and lay down.”
Panthers fall to Pirates
NORTH VERNON — Greensburg won all five matches in straight sets to hand Jennings County a 5-0 loss in the semifinals of the Jennings Sectional.
Owen Land fell 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Tod Brown lost 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles, and Adam Jackson fell 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles for the Panthers. Avery Johnson and Jacob Woods lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Conner Wheeler and Colton Pifer fell 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.
Austin shuts out Trinity
SEYMOUR — Austin dropped only five games in five matches in a 5-0 win against Trinity Lutheran in the semifinals of the Seymour Sectional.
Henry Welker fell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Aaron Bloch lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and Conner Galyen fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles for the Cougars (2-11).
Jack Lucas and Andrew Rodriguez lost 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Tanner Prewitt and Job Willman fell 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Jennings boys win invitational
GREENSBURG — Jonah Woods won the boys race in 16 minutes, 35.59 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to lead the Jennings County boys to a victory in the Greensburg Invitational.
The Panthers finished with 69 points. Oldenburg Academy took second with 90, and Connersville was third with 94.
Jennings’ Kyle Lewis finished fifth in 17:39.86. Jacky Koenig took 12th (18:23.94), while Ricky Hendrix was 16th (18:33.69) and Wayne Kosmi 37th (19:36.99).
Hauser finished seventh with 152 points. Andrew Paetzel took eighth in 18:05.35, while Dalton McKinney was 15th (18:31.49), Owen Rush 19th (18:46.07), Josh Adams 55th (20:53.43) and Austin Everroad 59th (21:25.75).
South Decatur finished 11th with 234 points. Justyn Clark took sixth in 18:02.66, while Nick Grissom was 38th (19:38.68), Tyler Wamsley 62nd (21:39.80), Brandon Overlock 63rd (21:47.74) and Daniel Mapes 74th (24:15.12).
Hauser’s girls finished ninth with 258 points, and Jennings and South Decatur did not have enough girls runners to score as a team. Oldenburg won with 33 points.
Hannah Shoaf led the Jets with a 37th-place finish in 23:42.30. Abbey Ashbrook and Frances Shoaf took 65th and 66th in 27:37:07 and 27:37:41, while Sami Harvey and Nasi Nakhost Lofti were 71st and 72nd in 35:48.76 and 36:13.03.
Olivia Heaton finished 21st in 22:27.40 for the Panthers, while Rachel Thomas was 23rd (22:45.29), Idalit Perez 42nd (23:53.61) and Autumn Thomas 63rd (27:34.28).
The Cougars’ Ashley Hamilton finished 20th in 22:25.63, while Stacey Fox was 50th (25:18.41), Emily Mapes 56th (26:29.86) and Paje Smiley 69th (33:53.38).
Trinity takes 11th at Eastern
PEKIN — The Trinity Lutheran boys finished 11th with 270 points in the Eastern (Pekin) Invitational. Borden won with 38.
Luke Onken led the Cougars with a 36th-place finish in 19:28. Nikolai Haak took 37th in 19:28, while Daniel Horton was 68th (20:46), Tyler McKay 76th (21:23) and Clayton Pottschmidt 80th (21:40).
Crusaders lose in three sets
Horizon Christian swept Columbus Christian in three games.
Jane Phillips led the Crusaders (9-6) with three kills, nine digs and three aces. Hannah Lorimor and Macy Wingham also pounded three kills, while Sabrina Herron recorded eight assists, and Lorimor had one block.
Jets fall to Pirates
GREENSBURG — Lee Hamilton scored a pair of goals, but it wasn’t enough as Hauser fell to Greensburg 5-2.
Pete Trotter recorded five saves for the Jets. Aaron Sweet added two.
Stars blank Owls
SEYMOUR — Seymour couldn’t find the net in a 1-0 Hoosier Hills Conference loss to Bedford North Lawrence.
The Stars outshot the Owls (7-8-1, 3-4) 14-10. Chase Salmon recorded six saves.
Cubs edge Eagles
NASHVILLE — Franklin netted a second-half goal to claim a 1-0 win at Brown County.
Arielle Suhre recorded seven saves for the Eagles (9-5-1).
COLUMBUS EAST VS. MADISON
WHERE: Madison High School
WHEN: 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Columbus East 6-0 overall, 4-0 Hoosier Hills Conference: Madison 2-4, 0-4
LAST WEEK: Columbus East defeated Floyd Central 76-30; Madison lost to New Albany 35-7.
SEYMOUR VS. JENNINGS COUNTY
WHERE: Jennings County High School
WHEN: 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Seymour 0-6 overall, 0-4 Hoosier Hills Conference; Jennings County 2-4, 2-2
LAST WEEK: Seymour lost to Brownstown 57-8; Jennings County defeated Bedford North Lawrence 35-6.
TINDLEY VS. TRINITY LUTHERAN
WHERE: Trinity Lutheran High School
WHEN: 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Indianapolis Tindley 2-4;
Trinity Lutheran 3-3
LAST WEEK: Indianapolis Tindley lost to
Beech Grove 52-0; Trinity Lutheran lost to
Heritage Christian 36-18.
MILAN VS. SOUTH DECATUR
WHERE: South Decatur High School
WHEN: 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Milan 2-4 overall, 1-2 Mid-Indiana Football Conference; South Decatur 2-4, 0-2
LAST WEEK: Milan lost 34-7 to Indian Creek;
South Decatur lost 19-7 to Park Tudor.
SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL VS. EDINBURGH
WHERE: Edinburgh High School
WHEN: 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Southside Homeschool N/A;
LAST WEEK: Southside Homeschool N/A;
Edinburgh lost 53-8 to Leipsic (Ohio).
PERRY MERIDIAN VS. COLUMBUS NORTH
WHERE: Columbus North High School
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Perry Meridian 4-2 overall, 2-2 Conference Indiana; Columbus North 2-4, 2-2
LAST WEEK: Perry Meridian defeated Bloomington North 56-35; Columbus North lost to Terre Haute North 49-17.
SULLIVAN VS. BROWN COUNTY
WHERE: Brown County High School
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Sullivan 4-2 overall, 2-1 Western Indiana Conference; Brown County 4-2, 2-1
LAST WEEK: Sullivan defeated Owen Valley 40-33; Brown County defeated Mitchell 31-8.
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