By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Madison County tennis players turned in championship performances Saturday in the Central Bank Model Invitational at Eastern Kentucky University.
The Madison Central girls swept the singles competition and also claimed a doubles title, while the Model Laboratory boys swept the doubles championships in both flights.
The Lady Indians finished with seven points to beat out Western Hills for the girls overall title.
Despite playing without their top singles player, the Patriots had five points, beating out Covington Catholic by one point to claim the boys overall title.
“What a way to springboard us into the regional tournament,” Model coach Ric Hernandez said. “We have finally gelled as a team at all positions. These guys are on a mission.”
In the boys doubles competition, Model’s top duo had to battle through two tough matches to claim the Flight A title. Jack Frisbie and James Logue defeated Aaron Amburgey and Cameron Mount of South Oldham in the first round, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0.
In the title match, they beat Matthew Douglas and Chris Tan of Whitley County, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (9).
In the boys Flight B doubles, Nolan Kelly and Blake Benson didn’t drop a set. They defeated Tony Liu and Dawson Bezehertny of South Oldham, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round, then defeated Nathan Wichmann and Joe Kendall of Covington Catholic, 6-4, 6-4, in the title match.
In the boys Flight B singles, Model’s Cole Wilson defeated Andrew Finses of South Oldham in the first round, 6-0, 6-1, but lost in the championship match to Laine Harrett of Covington Catholic, 6-1, 6-3.
Central players reached the title match of all four girls events.
In the Flight A singles, Lizz Walker defeated Candace Elam of Berea in the first round and went on to beat Jenny Carr of Western Hills in the final, 6-2, 2-1 retired.
In the Flight B singles, Central’s Cassidy Justice beat Emily Keyser of Berea in the first round, 6-0, 6-2. On the other half of the draw, Model’s Miriam Cahill defeated Western Hills’ Megan Sharp, 6-2, 6-2.
In the championship match, Justice pulled out a three-set victory over Cahill, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (4).
In the girls Flight A doubles, Central’s Molly Ford and Shannon Kelly beat Berea’s Alex Horn and Ruth Ramos in the first round. Ford and Kelly defeated Western Hills’ Diana Rudic and Nancy Collett in the title match.
In the girls Flight B doubles, Central’s Emma Graffice and Sydney Knight defeated Berea’s Mallory Lakes and Vanessa Patel in the first round.
Knight and Graffice then lost to Courtney Woodyard and Emilee Agee in the finals, 7-5, 6-2.