• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Three WCHS tennis players reach semis at WCI

The Woodford County High School tennis teams hosted Lexington Catholic, Lexington Christian Academy and Franklin County at their annual Woodford County Invitational tennis tournament at the Falling Springs tennis complex on Saturday, April 16, and had three semifinalists in the tournament. In singles, Addison Beck reach the girls’ singles semifinal, while Alyssa Feldner and Nicole Feldner reached the girls’ double semifinal and Evan Bentley and Evan Spradlin reached the boys’ doubles semifinal. Here are the complete results of the WCI. In the girls’ team competition, Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) won the WCI title, with Lexington Catholic finishing second. In the boys’ team completion, Lexington Catholic won the WCI title, while LCA took second. In girls’ singles, Beck opened with a 6-4, 6-3 win over LCA’s Kate Farley to reach the semifinals. She then lost 6-0, 6-0, to Lexington Catholic’s Allison Quammen to end her day. Also playing in girls’ singles was Ellington King, who lost in the first round to Franklin County’s Kelly Barker, 6-1, 6-1. King then lost to Lexington Catholic’s Amanda Miller 8-0 in the singles consolation match. LCA’s Lauren Waddles won the girls’ singles competition with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Lexington Catholic’s Allison Quammen. In girls’ doubles, Feldner and Feldner won their first round match by default over Franklin County’s Niki Rajendran and Aish Balaji. The Feldners then lost to LCA’s Caroline Lancaster and Jessica Hill, 6-1, 6-1 to end their day. Also in girls’ doubles, Reagan Jobe and Haley Davis lost their first round match 6-1, 6-1 to Lexington Catholic’s Kiley Mair and Merrick Irwin. Jobe and Davis then defeated Franklin County’s Carly Wilkerson and Emma Stevenson, 8-3, in the doubles consolation match for a good end to their day of play. LCA’s Kiley Mair and Merrick Irwin won the girls’ doubles competition with a 6-4, 6-3 win over LCA’s Caroline Lancaster and Jessica Hill. In boys’ singles competition, Woodford’s Luke Least and Wesley Smith were on a senior field trip, so Max Wade and Ben Goode took over singles responsibilities. In the first round, Wade lost to LCA’s Tanner Wilson, 6-2, 6-2, but then rebounded strong and defeated Franklin County’s Palmer Drake, 8-5, to win his single’s consolation match. In his first round match, Goode fell to LCA’s Adam Sloan, 6-0, 6-0. Goode then fell to Franklin County’s Nick Lewis 8-6 in the boys’ singles consolation match. Meanwhile, Sloan went on to win the singles title with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Wilson. In boys’ doubles competition, Bentley and Spradlin won their first round match, 6-1, 6-1, over Lexington Catholic’s Trey Hockensmith and Charles Cassidy, but the duo lost their next match, 6-1, 6-1, to Lexington Catholic’s Ben Deaton and Troye True to end their day. Also in boys’ doubles, Joe Kowalke and Mason McIntyre lost their first round match, 6-1, 6-3, over Franklin County’s Cameron Smith and Stephan Ignat. Kowalke and McIntyre then lost to LCA’s Carter Pettigrew and Ben Tipton in the doubles consolation match. Then in an all-Lexington Catholic boys’ doubles final, Mathew Ko and Alex Ko defeated Ben Deaton and Troy True, 6-1, 7-5.

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