• By Bill Caine

Racket Jackets wrap up season at state tournament


CLAIRE PINKSTON battled her way into the third round of the state tournament before being eliminated on day two. Additional photo on page 9. (Photo by Bill Caine)
CLAIRE PINKSTON battled her way into the third round of the state tournament before being eliminated on day two. Additional photo on page 9. (Photo by Bill Caine)

ADDIE PATTERSON and teammate Cassidy Stiefel lost in a third-set tiebreaker at the state tournament June 1. The duo was among the youngest in the tournament. (Photo by Bill Caine)
ADDIE PATTERSON and teammate Cassidy Stiefel lost in a third-set tiebreaker at the state tournament June 1. The duo was among the youngest in the tournament. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Racket Jackets’ season concluded at the KHSAA State tournament

Wednesday, June 2. Woodford qualified four players for the event, but

senior Claire Pinkston was the lone member to advance to the second day.

Pinkston made history during the regional tournament by becoming the

first girls’ singles player to advance to the region final in 40 years.

Pinkston won her first two matches before falling to Sara Watanabe

(Covington Catholic), 0-6, 0-6 in the third round. Before the loss,

Pinkston advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Kayla Harger, 6-2, 6-0

(Henry County). She won her opening round match over Charly Hayden

(Daviess County), 7-5, 6-1.

WCHS freshman Addie Patterson and eighth-grader Cassidy Stiefel fought

their way into a third-set tiebreaker before falling to Mehr Brar and

Elizabeth Wintersheimer (Beechwood), 5-7, 6-2, 0-1. Patterson and

Stiefel concluded their season with an 18-4 doubles record.

Stiefel said she used the opportunity to get better and learn lessons

for the future.

“I told myself that I needed to take advantage of the opportunity and

enjoy it because even if you lose it’s an experience a lot of players

don’t get,” said Stiefel. “My partner and I have worked hard all season,

and it prepared us, even though we knew it would be a challenge. This

experience helped a high-pressure situation and prepare me for my next

four years of high school tennis.”

Evan Bentley advanced to the second round before being eliminated by

Kian Rosenau (Dunbar), 2-6, 5-7. Bentley won his opening round match

over Nate Hill (Corbin) without dropping a game, 6-0, 6-0. Bentley

finished his senior season with a 17-4 singles record.


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