• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ tennis win John Harnice tourney; girls 2nd

The Woodford County High School girls’ and boys’ tennis teams enjoyed a great day of play at the John Harnice Tennis Tournament, which was hosted by Franklin County on Saturday, April 23. In the tournament, the boys’ team won the title, while the girls’ team finished in second place. Individually, Luke Least won the boys’ singles championships, while Alyssa Feldner and Nicole Feldner won the girls’ doubles title. Also, Wesley Smith and Max Wade finished second in the boys’ double competition. In addition, Least, Smith, Wade, Evan Bentley, Reagan Jobe, Alyssa Feldner, and Nicole Feldner were named to the All-Tournament Team. Here are Woodford’s results in the tournament. Girls’ singles Ellington King lost her opening match to Bourbon County’s Morgan Maynard, 6-2, 6-2. Also, Kassie Cook lost to Anderson County’s Kieran Birdwhistle, 6-1, 6-2. Girls’ doubles Alyssa Feldner and Nicole Feldner opened with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Bourbon County’s Madison Ketchersid and Catherine Cox. They followed that with a win over Anderson County’s Kenzie Herndon and Nich Kiem to advance to the final, where they defeated Bourbon County’s Jennifer Garza and Miranda Dampier 6-2, 6-3 to win the doubles title. Also in girls’ double action, Jobe and Haley Davis opened with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Franklin County’s Emma Stevenson and Carla Wilkerson. However, they lost their next match to Bourbon County’s Garza and Dampier. 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) to end their day of play. Boys’ singles Least ran the table in the tournament. He opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Western Hills’s Gunner Wasson. He then followed that with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Anderson County’s Tanner Cornish to advance to the final, where he defeated Western Hills’s Henry Collett 6-2, 6-3 to win the title. Also in singles action, Mason McIntrye lost his opening match to Collett, 6-0, 6-0, to end his day. Boys’ doubles Smith and Wade opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Anderson County’s Tanner Brown and Jacob Alteri. They followed that with a win by default over Franklin County’s Cameron Smith and Stefan Ignat to advance to the final. There they lost to Western Hills’s Cameron Kenner and Palmer Collet, 6-4, 2-6, 10-5, to finish second in the tournament. Also in the doubles competition, Evan Bentley and Evan Spradlin lost their first round match to Kenner and Collet 6-2, 6-2 to end their day. In previous girls’ competition, the team lost 4-3 at home to Lexington Christian Academy on Monday, April 18. In singles, Addison Beck defeated Allir Sither. 6-2, 6-2, while Jobe lost to Kate Farley. 6-2, 6-4, and Davis lost to Audrey Grace Hacker. 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8. In doubles, Feldner and Feldner lost to Caroline Lancaster and Jessica Hill, 6-2, 6-0, while Allison Miller and Caroline Miller lost to London Olive and Callie Pettigrew, 6-1, 6-0. In addition, Cook and King defeated Callie Messinger and Hannah Kemplin, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8, and Hannah Brady and Sophie Wingo lost to Peyton Wilson and Sidney Colon, 6-0, 6-3. In previous boys’ competition, the team shutout Tates Creek at home on Saturday, April 23, 5-0. In singles, Least defeated Zach White, 6-1, 6-1, Smith defeated Hunter Gregg, 6-2, 3-4 and Wade defeated Chris Jackson, 6-2, 6-0. In doubles, Bentley and Spadlin won their match by default, while Ben Goode and Joe Kowalke defeated Muhahid Shalash and Dylan Tomlin, 6-2, 6-1. Then against Lexington Christian on the road on Tuesday, April 19, Woodford won 4-2. In singles, Least defeated Sloan, 6-4, 6-1, Smith lost to Wilson, 6-3, 6-4 and Wade defeated Gerken, 6-1, 6-2. In doubles, Spradlin and Bentley defeated Pettigrew and Tipton in an exciting three-set match, 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 10-8. In the other doubles matches, Kowlake and McIntyre lost to Oliver and Wellman, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), while Ben Goode and Ben Ison defeated Wessner and Strunk, 6-4, 6-2.

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