• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Racket Jackets compete at regional tennis tournament

WCHS DOUBLES TEAMMATES, Mason McIntyre, left, and Evan Bentley, right, pose for a photo with Coach Stan Watts. The duo qualified for the state tennis tournament by reaching the regional semifinal. (Photo submitted)

The Woodford County High School tennis team competed in the Region 11 tennis tournament May 7-9 at Shilito Park in Lexington. WCHS junior Mason McIntyre and freshman Evan Bentley clinched a state tournament berth by reaching the semifinals in doubles.

WCHS junior Evan Spradlin won (6-0, 6-1) over Lexington Catholic's Victor Wei in the opening round of boys' singles. Spradlin lost in the second round to Richmond Model's Cole Wilson (06, 6-1).

Sophomore Joe Kowalke won his opening round singles match over Richmond Model's Garth Pais (2-6, 6-3, 12-10). He lost in the second round to Henry Clay's Kian Rosenau (1-6, 2-6).

In doubles, Junior Ben Ison and freshman Zachary Stiefel won their opening round match (6-0, 6-0) over Frederick Douglass's Lukins and Sharrif. The duo lost in the second round by Henry Clay's Clark and Duggal (0-6, 1-6).

McIntyre and Bentley received a bye in the first round and won (6-0, 6-0) over Madison Central's Dexter and Morrison. In the quarterfinals, McIntyre and Bentley beat Dunbar's Matthews and Smith (7-5, 7-5). The Woodford duo lost in the semifinals to the number one seed, Henry Clay's Andrews and Folsum (2-6, 1-6).


WCHS junior Addison Beck won her opening round singles match over Lafayette's Fuku Nakagaki (6-1, 6-1). In the second round, Beck beat Richmond Model's Sheri Warns (6-1, 6-4) but lost to number one seeded Olivia Gallagher of Scott County in the quarterfinals (1-6, 0-6).

Freshman Claire Pinkston won her first round singles match over Sayre's Kate Christenson (6-0, 6-0). Pinkston fell to Scott County's Megan Moore (1-6, 1-6) in the second round.

Senior Alyssa Feldner and sophomore Nicole Feldner won the opening round doubles match over Madison Central's Rice and Rahimzadeh (6-2, 6-1). The WCHS duo lost in the second round to Scott County's Gardner and Moore (0-6, 0-6).

Junior Allison Miller and sophomore Sophie Wingo won their opening round doubles match over Madison Central's Long and Castillo (6-2, 6-4). Miller and Wingo lost in the second round to Scott County's Denny and Jones (1-6, 0-6).

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