News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 9, 2013

Braves advance to tennis semistate

TH South rolls past Crawfordsville 5-0

Steve Fields
Tribune-Star Correspondent

CRAWFORDSVILLE — Terre Haute South’s boys tennis team lost just eight games in 10 sets while cruising to a 5-0 victory over Crawfordsville to win the IHSAA Crawfordsville Regional championship Wednesday afternoon.

The win sends the 19-4 Braves into the semistate Saturday at Center Grove, where they will play either No. 3-ranked Park Tudor or Zionsville at 10 a.m.

“[The competition is] going to pick up big time. This [Crawfordsville team] was a good team, but at every position we played very, very well. I’m proud of my whole team. They just played very well,” South coach Bill Blankenbaker said.

Terre Haute North’s doubles team of Keaton Akers and Justin Newton moved to 19-5 this season with a 6-0, 6-1 win over North Montgomery’s Gavin Gates and Luke Spencer.

The two Patriots will play either South Vermillion or Greencastle today. Efforts are being made to play the match at Northview.

On Wednesday, South dominated its match with Crawfordsville. Nathan Bogle won the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-0 over Crawfordsville sophomore Dane Baldwin.

“It was a good match. The points were better than the score, but I ended up winning most of the important points. The semistate will be a lot tougher, but I think we have a chance,” Bogle said.

South’s No. 2 doubles team of Matt Gonzalez and Luke Yeagley made the score 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Logan Hayes and Juan Huesca. Krishan Kumar clinched the Braves’ regional crown with a 6-2, 6-0 win over George Go at No. 2 singles.

Scott Kellar won the No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-1 over Tanner Laughlin and South’s No. 1 doubles team of Reed Crawford and Trace Harruff completed the shutout with a 6-0, 6-2 win over A.J. Baldwin and Chris King.

“We’re at where I want to be. But you’re not going to see [6-0, 6-1] and [scores] like that against Park Tudor [at the semistate]. I just hope we can go over [to Center Grove] and play with the confidence we have right now. The boys are playing great. That’s what you want at this time of year,” Blankenbaker said.

North coach Bob Denny said getting to the doubles regional at Kokomo is the goal for Akers and Newton.

“I think we’re playing about as well as we have. We did a good job against South [in the sectional] and we have just continued it on. We want to get to go to Kokomo. That’s our next step if we win this next match,” Denny said.

A 15-9 season came to an end for Sullivan’s Luke Willis in the singles tournament. Owen Valley’s Kendall Norman topped him 6-1, 6-1.

Terre Haute South 5, Crawfordsville 0

Singles — Nathan Bogle (THS) def. Dane Baldwin 6-1, 6-0; Kishon Kumar (THS) def. George Go 6-2, 6-0; Scott Kellar (THS) def. Tanner Laughlin 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles — Trace Harruff-Reed Crawford (THS) def. A.J. Baldwin-Chris King 6-0, 6-2; Luke Yeagley-Matt Gonzalez (THS) def. Logan Hayes-Juan Huesca 6-0, 6-2.

Singles tournament

Kendall Norman (Owen Valley) def. Luke Willis (Sullivan) 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles tournament

First round

Justin Newton-Keaton Akers (Terre Haute North) def. Gavin Gates-Luke Spencer (North Montgomery) 6-0, 6-1.

Aaron Hines-Kam Weyrauch (South Vermillion) vs. Jake Mangrum-Kaleb Fleming (Greencastle) NA.

Next — South (19-4) plays in the semistate at Center Grove High School at 10 a.m. Saturday.