• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Racket Jackets win John Harnice Invitational

WCHS FRESHMAN CLAIRE PINKSTON, pictured earlier this season, advanced to the semifinal of the John Harnice Invitational in Frankfort on Saturday, April 21. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School tennis team competed in the 2018 John Harnice Invitational Tournament at Franklin County High School on Saturday, April 21. WCHS junior Addison beck took home the girls' singles title and the Lady Jackets took home the girls' overall team championship.

WCHS junior Mason McIntyre and freshman Evan Bentley won the boys' doubles championship and Woodford won the boys' overall team championship.

Beck cruised through all three of her matches without dropping a game in six sets. In the finals she defeated Western Hills' Hannah Neal (6-0, 6-0).

WCCHS senior Alyssa Feldner and sophomore Nicole Feldner advanced to the finals in the doubles bracket. The sisters lost to Western Hills' Grace Neal and Nancy Collett (6-7, 2-6).

McIntyre and Bentley did not lose a game in the boys' finals against Cameron Rice and Ben Siler of Scott County (6-0, 6-0). WCHS junior Evan Spradlin lost in the boys' singles final to Palmer Collett of Western Hills (3-6, 2-6).


The WCHS boys' tennis team won all five matches over the Dunbar Bulldogs on Friday, April 20.

Spradlin won the No. 1 boys' singles match over Joon Woo Park (8-6) and Kowalke won (8-2) in the No. 2 singles match over Ionu Moga. In the No. 3 singles match, Eli Smith won (8-5) over Sloan Scroggin.

Bentley and McIntyre won (8-5) over Hunter Matthews and Ryan Smith in the No. 1 doubles match. Zachary Stiefel and Ben Ison won (8-0) over Lohith Tummala and Khalid Rashad in No. 2 doubles.

The Lady Jackets swept the Lady Bulldogs 5-0. In the No. 1 singles match, Beck won (8-3) over Jennifer Lee. WCHS freshman Claire Pinkston won the No. 2 singles match (8-0) over Elizabeth George.

In the girls No. 1 doubles, Nicole and Alyssa Feldner won (8-5) over Krista Manche and Ashley Su. Sophie Wingo and Allison Miller won (8-6) over Maggie Fair and Emma Jinrigh in the No. 2 doubles match. Caroline Miller and Kassie Cook won (8-1) in the No. 3 doubles match over Bella Burns and Donya Vaez.

Lexington Catholic

The Racket Jacket boys' defeated Lexington Catholic 3-0 on Wednesday, April 18. In the No. 1 singles match, Kowalke beat Roger Campion (8-0). Bentley and McIntyre won the No. 1 doubles match over Thomas Kaplin and Travis True (8-5). Stiefel and Ison won the No. 2 doubles match over Victor Wei and John Michael (8-2).

The Lady Jackets won 5-3 over the Lady Knights. Beck lost the No. 1 singles match to Amanda Miller (0-8). Pinkston lost the No. 2 singles match to Madison Miller (5-8). Nicole Feldner won the No. 3 singles match over Elizabeth Jones (9-7) and Alyssa Feldner won the No. 4 singles match over Sarah Patches (8-0). Wingo won the No. 5 singles match over Grace McMillan (8-4) and Allison Miller won the No. 6 singles match over Amelia Culter (8-6).

Caroline Miller and WCHS junior Kassie Cook won the No. 1 doubles match over Mallee Starr and Grace McMillan (8-4). In the No. 2 doubles match, WCHS junior Hannah Brady and freshman Katelyn Hamilton lost to Sarah Patches and Amelia Culter (5-8).


The WCHS boys' team won 6-0 over Lafayette High School on Tuesday, April 17 at Falling Springs.

Spradlin won the No. 1 singles match over James Yang (8-1) and Kowalke beat Chris Richard (8-1) in No. 2 singles.

Bentley and McIntyre won the No. 1 doubles match over Matthew Mitchell and Luke Pelligrino (8-5). In No. 2 doubles, Stiefel and Ison beat Josh Arnold and Caleb Johns (8-1). Eli and Gus Smith won the No. 3 doubles match (8-2) over Kohki Honda and Sylesh Jagannathan (8-2). Charles and Blaydes won the No. 4 doubles match (8-1) over Daniel Green and Parker Thornhill.

The Lady Jackets tied the Lady Generals 3-3. Beck won the No. 1 singles match over Fuku Nakagaki (8-1) and Pinkston won the No. 2 singles match over Tevy Toleman (8-0). Hamilton lost the No. 3 singles match to Anushka Mukhopadhyah (1-8).

Nicole Feldner and Alyssa Feldner lost the No. 1 doubles match to Michalyla Gostos and Helena Weiss (1-8). Wingo and Allison Miller lost the No.2 doubles match to Sharlene Wang and Kaiqi Wang (2-8). Caroline Miller and Cook won the No. 3 doubles match over Amane Fukaya and Haruna Masuda (8-2).

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