By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LEXINGTON — The Tri-County was represented well once again at the University of Kentucky’s Boone Tennis Center and Shillito Park.
Whitley County’s Danny Butcher turned in a 3-1 effort in the Boys and Girls Tennis State Tournament before falling in quarterfinal action Friday, while Corbin’s Seth Heinss and Josh Jewell posted a 2-1 record before losing in the round of 16.
South Laurel Neha Rao came up short in her quest for a state title, but getting surprised in the round of 16 by Greenwood’s Cassie Pennington.
The Lady Redhound doubles team of Jaclyn Jewell and Sydney Ledington also reached the round of 16 and finished state tournament play with a 2-1 mark.
Whitley County’s Danny Butcher continued to show why he was the top singles player in the 13th Region by cruising to wins in the second round and round of 16 before losing to the tournament’s overall No. 2 seed, Trinity’s Emerson Walsh, 6-4, 6-3. Butcher advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Covington Catholic’s Laine Harrett, 6-0, 6-0 in the second round while defeating Rose Hill’s David Bush, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5 in the round of 16. Bush entered the match as the tournament’s No. 5 seed.
Corbin’s Conner Maguet fell in second round play to Model’s Gus Benson, 6-1, 6-1.
Corbin’s Seth Heinss and Josh Jewell advanced to the round of 16 before losing out to the No. 5 seeded team of Dupont Manuel’s Daniel Cobourn and Jackson Hull, 7-5, 6-2. Heinss and Jewell won their second round match against Covington Catholic’s Joe Kendall and Nathan Wichman, 6-2, 6-2.
13th Region champion and No. 5 seed Neha Rao (South Laurel)saw her dream of winning the singles state title come to an end in the round of 16, as No. 9 seeded Cassie Pennington (Greenwood) pulled off the upset with a 3-6, 7-6, 10-8 win.
Rao won her second round match against Lone Oak’s Madelyn Kaufman, 6-2, 6-3.
Corbin’s Catherine Crawford won her opening round match, but fell in the second round to No. 2 seed Meredith Laskey (Highlands), 6-0. 6-0.
Corbin’s Jaclyn Jewell and Sydney Ledington advanced to the round of 16 before losing to Sacred Heart’s Mary Elaine Kuo and Erin MacMillian in a thriller at the University of Kentucky’s Boone Tennis Center, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5. The Sacred Heart duo came in with a No. 9 seed while Jewell and Ledington were seeded No. 9.
The Corbin duo won their second round match against Lawrence County’s Ali Dotson and Chelsea Shepherd 6-0, 6-1.