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FRANKFORT – The regional tennis crowns are staying in town as the North Oldham girls and the South Oldham boys repeated as champions last week in Frankfort.
For the Lady Mustangs it was business as usual as they won their fifth-straight title behind defending state champion Lauren Kline’s singles title and a doubles title from Rachel Wurster and Lauren Renaud.
“We feel fortunate to win the title again this year,” NOHS coach Todd Arterburn said “Both Franklin County and South Oldham had excellent teams with strong senior leadership. With three seniors in our lineup, we’ll be hard pressed to repeat next year.”
Arterburn said with Abby Belknap, Wurster, and Renaud returning with talented younger players coming up, NOHS would have a chance to repeat.
NOHS notched 16 team points ahead of second-place Franklin County with 12.
Kline, a senior, won her sixth-straight regional title. She beat Franklin County’s Lauren Doll 6-1, 6-2 and is a favorite to repeat her state title at the University of Kentucky tennis complex this week.
Wurster also continued her doubles reign in the region winning her fourth-straight title with her third different partner. She teamed with Lauren Renaud this year as they beat Franklin County’s top-ranked duo of Hillary Kell-Kaite Moore 6-2, 6-3 in the finals.
Eighth-grader Abby Belknap scored big for NOHS by reaching the singles semis. The Lady Mustangs were third in the state last season.
The SOHS boys proved there is life after the graduation of four-time state champion Eric Quigley by repeating as champs.
“I am really proud of that,” SOHS coach Wood McGraw said. “Seeing some of the other region teams I thought we had a chance but our matches with North and Western Hills got rained out so we really weren’t sure what to expect.”
The Dragons edged Franklin County 12-11 in the team race with NOHS right behind the pair with 10 points.
Senior Ryan Pitts, reached the singles finals where he fell to Andrew Howard of Western Hills 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The SOHS doubles team of Jeppe Stig-Nielson and William Reed fell to Franklin County’s Bryan Seitz and James Robb.
The pair clinched the regional title in the semis when they beat Tyler Prewitt and Barrett Meyer of Franklin County in straight sets.
“That was the deciding match, when our freshman doubles team beat the two seniors from Franklin County,” McGraw said.
Girls’ team scores: NOHS 16, Franklin Co. 12, SOHS 7, Western Hills 5, Bullitt East 5, OCHS 3, Shelby Co. 2, Bullitt Central 2, Carroll Co. 2, Trimble Co. 2, Anderson Co. 2, Gallatin Co. 1, Frankfort 1, North Bullitt 1, Spencer Co. 1.
Abby Belknap (NOHS) def. Isabel Andreason (SOHS) 6-1, 6-1
Lauren Kline (NOHS) def. Sarah Kellerman (FC) 6-0, 6-0
Lauren Doll (FC) def. Abby Belknap (NOHS) 6-4, 6-1
Lauren Kline (NOHS) def. Makaela Knight (BE) 6-0, 6-0
Lauren Kline (NOHS) def. Lauren Doll (FC) 6-1, 6-2
Hillary Kell-Kaite Moore (FC) def. Chelsea Faine-Alex Tolsdorf (SOHS) 6-4, 6-4
Katie Wampler-Carson McKinlay (NOHS) def Paxton Roberts-Hanna Guest (OCHS) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Abby Shields-Ashlynn Mahanes (SOHS) def. Kay Cochran-Hallie Hardy (FC) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Rachel Wurster-Lauren Renaud (NOHS) def. Audrie Lewis-McKenzie Hardin (WH) 7-5, 6-1
Hillary Kell-Kaite Moore (FC) def. Katie Wampler-Carson McKinlay (NOHS) 6-4, 6-3
Rachel Wurster-Lauren Renaud (NOHS) def. Abby Shields-Ashlynn Mahanes (SOHS) 6-1, 6-4
Rachel Wurster-Lauren Renaud (NOHS) def. Hillary Kell-Kaite Moore (FC) 6-2, 6-3
Boys’ team scores - SOHS 12, Franklin Co. 11, NOHS 10, Western Hills 8, Anderson Co. 5, OCHS 4, Bullitt East 3, Gallatin Co. 3, Shelby Co. 2, Bullitt Central 1, Carroll Co. 1, Frankfort 1, Trimble Co. 1.
Alec Papovich (NOHS) def. Jordan Pitts (SOHS) 6-2, 6-0
Tanner Love (NOHS) def. Alex Amato (FC) 6-1, 6-2
Ryan Pitts (SOHS) def. Taylor Wise (WH) 6-1, 7-5
Andrew Howard (WH) def. Alec Papovich (NOHS) 6-0, 6-3
Ryan Pitts (SOHS) def. Tanner Love (NOHS) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1
Andrew Howard (WH) def. Ryan Pitts (SOHS) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Jeppe Stig-Nielson-William Reed (SOHS) def. Aaron Smith-Evan Wesley (OCHS) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
Bryce Liston-Eddy Hernandez (NOHS) def. Steven Mayborg-Austin White (SOHS) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Jeppe Stig-Nielson-William Reed (SOHS) def. Tyler Prewitt-Barrett Meyer (FC) 7-6, 7-5
Bryan Seitz-James Robb (FC) def. Bryce Liston-Eddy Hernandez (NOHS) 6-4, 7-5
Bryan Seitz-James Robb (FC) def. Jeppe Stig-Nielson-William Reed (SOHS) 6-3, 6-2
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