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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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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