The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 11, 2013

Joplin sweeps titles at district tennis

The Joplin Globe

— Joplin swept the singles and doubles championships on Friday in the Class 2 District 12 boys tennis tournament at the Joplin Athletic Complex courts.

Top-seeded Jeremy Lynn did not lose a game in six sets en route to the singles title. He beat Carthage’s Blake Splitter in the quarterfinals, Webb City’s Tucker Palone in the semifinals and Carthage’s Richard Perry in the championship round.

Perry rallied to beat Joplin’s Brooks Butler 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 in his semifinal match. Butler, the No. 7 seed, knocked off second-seeded Michael Nacy of Republic 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals. Butler won the third-place match by default over Palone.

The doubles final was an all-Joplin affair as Luke Frogge-Edran Ali beat Sam Willcoxon-Duncan Ford 6-1, 6-1.

Frogge-Ali also won their previous two matches in straight sets over Saywer Bacon-Elijah Dickerson of Carthage and Matthew Reynolds-Aren Wells of Webb City.

Willcoxon-Ford defeated Logan Sperry-Quentin Kolb of Webb City and Jacob Kunard-Jonas smith of Carthage to reach the final.

Kunard-Smith defeated Reynolds-Wells 8-0 in the third-place match.

The top two finishers in singles and doubles advance to sectional competition at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Branson. The winners that day move on to the state tournament.

Class 1 District 11

Ben Coltharp-Andrew Gloshen of Carl Junction defeated Jacob Ridings-Andrew Gilliam of Monett 7-5, 6-2 in the championship match of the Class 1 District 11 doubles bracket, hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

Both beat Thomas Jefferson teams in the semifinals — Coltharp-Gloshen over Michael Joseph-Levi Vasquez 6-7 (4), 6-0, 7-6 (2) and Ridings-Gilliam over John Burnett-Joe Scott 6-4, 6-4.

Burnett-Scott then beat Joseph-Vasquez 8-3 in the third-place match.

In the singles final, top-seeded Jarod Davis of Mount Vernon beat No. 2 Frank Cascone of Thomas Jefferson 7-6, 6-0.

Preston Carpenter of Thomas Jefferson downed Jensen Smith of Carl Junction 8-4 in the third-place match.

The sectional round for the singles and doubles champions and runners-up will be played at Thomas Jefferson at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.