By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
NORTH LAUREL — North Laurel managed to pick up a 9-0 win on the hardcourts in girls tennis action against Whitley County, but the things didn’t turn out as well on the boys’ side of things.
The Colonels were able to squeak out a slim 5-4 win over the Jaguars, who are now 13-3 on the season.
“Whitley is in a rebuilding year, and we were able to win comfortably,” North Laurel coach Bob Smith said of his team’s 11th win of the season. “Pooja (Kanthawar) and Caroline (Moore) won again and have positioned themselves for a high seed at regionals if they continue to take care of business the rest of the week.
“Whitley County has a very good team and they'll definitely be a contender for the team title at regionals this weekend,” he added. “They handled us pretty good at the top of the lineup. (Danny) Butcher is clearly the top player in the region and should definitely get a high seed at state. He belongs in the discussion of best players ever from our region. We were able to stay in the match with the bottom of our lineup picking up three courts. We gave ourselves a chance going into doubles. Unfortunately, Arjun (Kanthawar) and Spencer (Bolton) turned in a clunker for us. The few chances we had were squandered away, and we just never got ourselves in the match.”
North Laurel 9, Whitley Co. 0
No. 1 - Pooja Kanthawar (NL) def. Brittany Fuson (WC) 8-1
No. 2 - Kendra Smallwood (NL) def. Anna Grace Zehr (WC) 8-4
No. 3 - Caroline Moore (NL) def. Haley Mahan (WC) 8-1
No. 4 - Brynna Ryle (NL) def. Hallie Jones (WC) 8-3
No. 5 - Makara Prichard (NL) def. Jade Bland (WC) 8-4
No. 6 - Taylor Hubbard (NL) def. Emily Vanderpool (WC) 8-2
No. 1 - Kanthawar/Moore (NL) def. Zehr/Mahan (WC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - Smallwood/Ryle (NL) def. Fuson/Jones (WC) 8-4
No. 3 - Prichard/Hubbard (NL) def. Bland/Nan Zhang (WC) 8-4
Whitley County 5, North Laurel 4
No. 1 - Danny Butcher (WC) def. Arjun Kanthawar (NL) 8-0
No. 2 - Pete Comparoni (WC) def. Hasan Salim (NL) 8-1
No. 3 - Chris Tan (WC) def. Spencer Bolton (WC) 8-2
No. 4 - Sammy Maggard (NL) def. Matt Douglas (WC) 8-5
No. 5 - Justin Maggard (NL) Lucas Moses (WC) 9-7
No. 6 - Dakota Boggs (NL) def Mikey Johnson (WC) 9-7
No. 1 - Tan/Douglas (WC) def Kanthawar/Bolton (NL) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - Maggard/Maggard (NL) def. Moses/Johnson (WC) 8-3
No. 3 - Butcher/Reece Halcomb (WC) def. Ryan Jones/Gavin Gray (NL) 8-1
By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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