May 19th, 2018

SHA and St. X tennis capture state titles

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


SHA and St. X tennis capture state titles
Sacred Heart with the team tennis state title / photo from SHA Sports Twitter

The Sacred Heart and St. Xavier tennis teams won state championships at the University of Kentucky Tennis Complex Saturday.

Boys’

St. X has won 10 straight team state titles, 26 overall, and 20 in the past 22 years.

Alex Wesbrooks led the Tigers in the singles state tournament. The senior beat Manual’s Paul Reynolds (6-2, 6-3) in the semifinals and Ashland Blazers Robby Crick (6-3; 6-2) in the title to win his second singles championship in three years.

Wesbrooks defeated Greenwood’s Ben Wassom in the first round, Caldwell County Ben Knight in the Round of 32, North Oldham’s Eli Woods in the Sweet 16, and Owensboro Catholic’s Caleb Buckman in the quarterfinals.

Preston Cameron and Will Stuckert led the Tigers winning the doubles state championship. Cameron and Stuckert beat Will Andrews and Brett Folsom (7-6; 6-0) in the semifinals and Trinity brothers Brandon and Michael Chou (6-2; 7-6(6)) in the finals.

It’s Cameron’s third straight doubles title, he’s only the second tennis player to win three straight doubles championships.

Cameron and Stuckert defeated Richmond Model’s Cal and Jon Benson in the first round, Greenwood’s Landon Gann and Parker Young in the Round of 32, Paducah’s Davis and Parker Rowton in the Sweet 16, and Manual’s Adrian and Luke Sheridan-Rabideau in the quarterfinals.

Fellow teammates Logan Beaver and Bo Bush made it to the doubles quarterfinals.

Trinity placed second.

The Chou brothers led the Shamrocks in the doubles tournament by finishing as runners-up. The brothers defeated Parker Clarke and Layne Meek (6-1; 7-5)) in the semifinals and before losing to the Tigers in the finals.

The Chou brothers defeated Perry County Central’s Lucas Davis and Shawn Huff in the first round, Calloway County’s Logan Eastwood and Tanner Hicks in the Round of 32, Belfry’s Nick and Noah McNamee in the Sweet 16, and Covington Catholic Benito and Christiano Trojani in the quarterfinals.

Fellow teammates Connor Garrison and Justin Lee advanced to the doubles Sweet 16.

Cameron Strause led Trinity in the singles state tournament, but was upset in the Round of 32. Teammate Jacob Bir lost in the opening round.

Girls’

Sacred Heart won their first team state title in four years and has 10 championships overall, only one away from tying Lone Oak, which merged with Heath and Reidland to form McCracken County High, for most all-time.

The singles duo of Carrie Beckman and Ellie Eades led the way as both made it to the finals with Beckman beating her teammate 6-1; 6-4 to win the championship.

Eades defeated McCracken County’s Sophia Shiben 1-6; 6-4; 1-0(7) in the semifinals while Beckman beat Lexington Christian’s Lauren Waddles 6-3; 2-6; 1-0(7) in her semi match.

Beckamn defeated Corbin’s Katherine Niemeier in the first round, Lexington Catholic Jaycie Mair in the Round of 32, North Oldham’s Emma Bevin in the Sweet 16, and Manual’s Nejla Zukic in the quarterfinals.

Eades defeated Paducah Tighman’s Natalie Lansden in the first round, Campbell County’s Natalie Smith in the Round of 32, Corbin’s Samantha Spady in the Sweet 16, and North Oldham’s Sophie Beavin in the quarterfinals.

Abby Birk and Natalie Chou and Ella Rueff and Sammie Higgins played in the doubles tournament and both pairs advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling.

 

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