By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Patriots’ quest to re-capture the 11th Region tennis championship got off to a very solid start on Monday at Shilito Park.
Model Laboratory did not suffer a loss, getting wins from both its singles players — Gus Benson and Cole Wilson — and also both its doubles teams — Jack Frisbie/James Logue and Nolan Kelly/Blake Benson.
All those players advance to the quarterfinals today at Lexington Christian Academy.
Wilson was the only Patriot to get a challenge. After receiving a bye in the first round, the No. 8 seed went to three sets with Sayre’s Will Farish. Wilson came away with a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11) victory.
Farish jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker before Wilson rallied. The Sayre standout had two match points but Model’s No. 2 singles player came up big late.
Gus Benson, the defending region champ and No. 1 seed, also got a bye in the first round. He then rolled past Chase Byars of Tates Creek, 6-0, 6-0.
Both Model doubles team also got first-round byes.
In the second round, Frisbie and Logue, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, picked up a 6-0, 6-3 win over a team from Scott County.
Kelly and Benson, the No. 4 seed, won 6-0, 6-1 in the second round.
Model won the regional title in 2012, but Henry Clay claimed the championship last season.
Central players advance
Madison Central had a pair of singles players and one doubles team pick up first-round wins Monday at 11th Region Tournament in Lexington.
Both of the Indians’ boys singles players won a match. Lucas Glass defeated Cameron Smith of Tates Creek, 6-1, 6-0. He fell to No. 2 seed Ryo Takeda of Henry Clay in the second round, 6-0, 6-0.
Boston Cullota rallied from a set down to beat Matthew Mitchell of Lafayette, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0, in a third-set tiebreaker. He lost in the next round to No. 6 seeded Adam Slone of LCA, 6-0, 6-1.
Shannon Kelly and Molly Ford rolled past a team from Lafayette in the first round, 6-1, 6-2. They fell in the second round to a team from Sayre, 6-1, 6-2.
Caroline Crump and Callie Justice were defeated in the first round, 6-1, 6-1, by a team from Woodford County.
Both of the Lady Indians’ singles players lost in the first round. Cassidy Justice fell to Kiley Maier of Lexington Catholic, 6-0, 6-0, and Elizabeth Walker was defeated by Anna Burch of Dunbar, 6-3, 6-4.
In the boys doubles, Central’s Garrett Daily and Mason DuLaney fell to Jackson/Sexton from Scott County, 6-0, 6-1, and Morgan Reagle and Drew Wilson lost to a team from Lexington Catholic, 6-0, 6-0.