• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS tennis ends at region; Least, Beck make All-Region team

The Woodford County High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams’ 2016 season came to an end in the 11th Region Tennis Tournament, which was held Monday to Friday, May 9 to 13, at Shillito Park in Lexington. In the tournament, senior Luke Least and Addison Beck had the team’s best finishes. In the boys’ division, Least finished his high school tennis career just short of making it to his third state championship tournament when he lost in the quarterfinals to Lexington Christian’s Adam Slone. In the girls’ division, Beck also made it to the quarterfinals where she lost to Lexington Catholic’s Allison Quammen. For their efforts, both players were named to the 11th Region All-Region team. Here are Woodford’s results at the 11th Region tournament. Boys’ singles Luke Least had a bye in the first round of the tournament, and then defeated Lafayette’s Naoki Takahashi 6-2, 6-1. The win placed him in the quarterfinals in a match that started at Shillito Park, but because of rain, was finished at the Bluegrass Racquet Club. According to head coach Stan Watts, Least won the first set at Shillito Park in a tie breaker. In the set, he was down 4-1, came back and tied it, 6-6, and then won the tie-breaker, 7-6 (7-5). Then it started raining, so the match was moved indoors to the Bluegrass Racquet Club. After an hour’s delay, Least began the second set and, once again, fell behind, 4-1. He then started to come back, but fell short and lost the set, 6-3. Then in the third set tiebreaker, Least played hard, but lost, 10-5, to end his high school career. Also in boys’ singles, Joe Kowalke lost to Lexington Christian’s Tanner Wilson in the opening round, 6-1, 6-0, to end his day of play. Girls’ singles In girls’ singles, following a first round bye, Beck defeated Lafayette’s Emma Prigge 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. In Beck’s quarterfinal match, she lost to Lexington Catholic’s Allison Quammen 6-0, 6-0, to end her season. Also in girls’ singles, Ellington King won her opening match over Bryan Station’s S. Drakeford 6-0, 6-1, but then lost to Sayre’s Allie Harris 6-0, 6-0, to end a good season of play. Boys’ doubles In doubles, Wesley Smith and Max Wade had a first round bye, then defeated Lexington Catholic’s Collin Loxley and Troy True, 6-1, 1-6, 11-9 to advance to the quarterfinals. There they lost to Model’s Cole Wilson and Blake Benson 6-0, 6-0, to end their season. Also in boys’ doubles, Evan Bentley and Evan Spradlin defeated Tates Creek’s Mohammed Shalash and Mujanid Shalash 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round, but then lost to Henry Clay’s Will Andrews and Matt Telfer 6-0, 6-1 to finish their day. Girls’ doubles Following a first round bye, Woodford’s Alyssa Feldner and Nicole Feldner lost to Scott County’s Lauren Moore and Jessica Salyers 6-0, 6-0, to end their tournament. Reagan Jobe and Haley Davis opened their tournament with a 7-6, 7-6 (7-5) win over Lafayette’s D. Green and T. Toleman. But in their next match, they lost to Lexington Christian’s Caroline Lancaster and Jessica Hill 6-0, 6-1, to end their day.

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