By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — North Laurel and Whitley County met up for the second time this week with the Colonels picking up a 4-1 win in boys’ action while the Lady Jaguars slipped by with a 3-2 victory.
“The girls closed the regular season with a close victory at Whitley,” Smith said. “We had our strength in doubles, and then were able to win one of the singles matches to get the team win.
“Tough night for the boys,” he added. “Two superbreakers went against us. Turn those two around and we walk away with a 3-2 win. I think Sammy (Maggard) and Justin (Maggard) proved they can compete with most anybody because (William) Tan and (Matthew) Douglas will be a high seed at region. That should give them confidence heading into regions. We'll be a tough out for anybody in our path.”
North Laurel 3, Whitley Co. 2
No. 1 - Makara Prichard (NL) def. Jade Bland (WC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 - Emily Vanderpool (WC) def. Taylor Hubbard (NL) 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 - Nan Zhang (WC) def. Casey Stenger (NL) 6-2, 6-4
No. 1 - Pooja Kanthawar/Caroline Moore (NL) def. Anna Grace Zehr/Haley Mahan (WC) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
No. 2 - Kendra Smallwood/Brynna Ryle (NL) def. Brittany Fuson/Hallie Jones (WC) 6-0, 6-3
Whitley Co. 4, North Laurel 1
No. 1 - Danny Butcher (WC) def. Hasan Salim (NL) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 - Pete Comparoni (WC) def. Arjun Kanthawar (NL) 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 - Reece Halcomb (WC) def. Ryan Jones (NL) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10
No. 1 - Chris Tan/Matthew Douglas (WC) def. Sammy Maggard/Justin Maggard (NL) 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-6
No. 2 - Spencer Bolton/Dakota Boggs (NL) def. Mikey Johnson/Lucas Moses (WC) 7-6 (4), 6-2
North Laurel picks up split with Whitley County in tennis action
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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