From staff reports
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —
Jeremy Lynn, a senior at Joplin High School, lost only one game in each match while posting two victories Friday in the MSHSAA Class 2 tennis tournament at the Cooper Tennis Complex.
Lynn downed Luc Ginoux of Camdenton 6-0, 6-1 and undefeated Robbie Nicolli of Francis Howell North 6-1, 6-0, improving his season record to 34-1.
“The scores don’t reflect how tough the opponents were,” Joplin coach Sean McWiliams said. “Jeremy started off the day really well and had a little too much for the kid from Camdenton. The second match, Jeremy played excellent. It was some of the best tennis he’s played all season.”
Lynn, guaranteed of improving on last year’s fifth-place finish, faces Alex Pozo of St. Louis CBC in today’s 9 a.m. semifinal round. Pozo beat Lynn 6-3, 6-2, 11-9 (third-set tiebreaker because of heat index) one year ago in the quarterfinals.
“It will be a tough opening match today,” McWilliams said, “but I think Jeremy is on the right track. He had an excellent day (Friday) on the court.”
The Eagles’ doubles team of Luke Frogge-Edran Ali played three three-set matches, but they lost two to be eliminated from the competition.
“Go figure that one out,” Smith said.
Williams broke his own school record with a time of 14.95 seconds and qualified for the finals with the second-fastest time in the prelims. The old record was 15.15.
Williams placed 11th in the 300 hurdles in 39.85, just off his time of 39.43 at last week’s sectional meet that broke the 29-year-old school record of 39.44 set by Teddy Harre in 1984. Williams did not qualify for the finals.
In other preliminaries, Neosho was 10th and Webb City was 14th in the 4x200, while Neosho was 13th and Carthage was 14th in the 4x100.
Webb City’s Kiante Hardin was 12th in the 400 meters with a time of 50.94. He broke the school record with a time of 50.15 last week at the sectional meet.
In the girls’ division, Emily Goeken placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 124 feet, 7 inches. Webb City’s Desirea Buerge was eighth with a toss of 119-08 and will throw the shot put today.
Shane Williams of Mount Vernon won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5 inches. He tied for fifth in the jump at 6-2 and will compete in the triple jump today.
Mount Vernon’s Pierce Gibson was 10th in the high jump.
In the prelims, Cody Frana of Cassville had the fastest qualifying time in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.76, just ahead of Ezekiel Elliott of John Burroughs.
Elliott, an Ohio State football recruit, turned in the fastest times in the prelims of the 110 hurdles at 13.97 and the 100 meters in 11.11.
Carl Junction was 11th in the prelims of the 4x400 relay. Nevada was 10th in the 4x200 prelims and Nevada’s Dalton Hendren was 13th in the 200 prelims.
In the girls’ division, Courti Smith of McDonald County tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-2. She was 13th in the triple jump.
Carl Junction’s Hope Joyner barely missed medals with a ninth-place showing in both the 100 hurdles and the shot put. Carl Junction’s 4x800 relay was 12th in 10:04.45, and Brittney Rose was 15th in the prelims of the 300 hurdles.
Taylor Werner, a freshman from Ste. Genevieve, broke the Class 3 state record by 10 seconds in the 3200. Her time of 10:38.04 broke the old record of 10:48.58 set by Alyssa Allison of Festus in 2008.
Emily Sorrell of East Newton was 11th in 12:00.87, which beat her seed time by 15.06 seconds.
Nevada was 12th and Cassville was 16th in the 4x100 prelims. Annie Howard of Seneca was 16th in the prelims of the 100 hurdles, and Erica Tucker of Aurora was 14th in the 800 prelims.