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May 6, 2014

Still on Top

Corbin makes region finals a family affair

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

WHITLEY COUNTY — When it came time for the finals of the 13th Region Tennis Tournament, the Corbin Redhounds were represented well.

Three of the four finals featured Corbin players, with an all Redhound final in each of the boys and girls doubles and Corbin’s Sydney Ledington facing South Laurel’s Neha Rao in the singles finals.

Rao played the role of spoiler for the Corbin faithful, knocking off Ledington, (6-1 and 6-1) to claim her fourth straight 13th Region singles title.

The team of Jaclyn Jewell and Emma Kate Carloftis knocked off Mikayla Beechum and Ellie Jane Carloftis (6-3 and 6-1), while Seth Heinss and William Reedy topped Andrew Reedy and Nikhil Krishna (6-1 and 6-1) in the boys’ finals.

The good news for both groups was the fact that each team had wrapped up their respective region titles, which meant the remaining teams were playing for pride when it came to the championship rounds.

The girls squad had wrapped up the region title on Sunday, while the boys sealed a win when the two doubles teams advanced to the final Monday.

Corbin coach Nicki Dixon said she was proud of the team for earning their 14th consecutive 13th Region Championship.

“It seems like these kids didn’t miss a beat this year and they really wanted to get the job done,” Dixon said. “We were really proud of our No. 4 seed team, Andrew (Reedy) and Nikhil (Krishna), for knocking off the No. 2 team. That win really sealed it for us, so it’s nice to see two of our teams playing in the finals.”

On the girls side of things, Corbin coach Donnie Head said he couldn’t be happier about the way his team performed over the course of the season and the last few days.

“Our girls really came ready to play and I think they have some more things they want to accomplish,” Head said. “Some of our younger girls are hungry to get back to the final four and give our lone senior Sydney (Ledington) another shot at a state title.

“It’s always good to see your team play well and succeed, especially when they work as hard as our girls do,” he added. “Hopefully we can make another run and see how we can close out the season.”


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