The Harrison County doubles team of Seth Barnes and Hank Whalen are the only local entrants still alive in the boys and girls regional tennis tournament at Georgetown College. Weather permitting, the two Harrison County seniors played in the third and fourth rounds on Wednesday, and if successful, will play in the finals this afternoon.
The Breds duo, third seeded in the tournament, had little trouble in their first round on Monday. After a first round bye, they dispatched Jacob Heller and Harrison Applegate of St. Patrick in the second round, in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Yesterday, Barnes and Whalen were to go against the Montgomery County No. 2 team of Mason Hoffman and David McLaughlin at 5:30 with the upper bracket semifinals at 7 p.m. If they won their first match on Wednesday, their semi-final opponent would be top-seeded Jett Glass and Jordan Evans of Bourbon County. The doubles finals are scheduled for this afternoon at 4 p.m.
Harrison Countys other boys entries didnt fare as well as Barnes and Whalen. The doubles team of Kalen Woosley and Charlie Smith were eliminated in the first round by Bourbon Countys Taylor Osborne and Grant Bridges, 6-3, 6-2.
In singles action, Ethan Jackson and Ross Smith both won their first round matches, but were both eliminated in the second round.
Jackson won a hard-fought 7-5, 6-2 match over J.T. Hendricks of Bracken County, but then was upended by third seeded Niklaus Martens of Montgomery County, 6-0, 6-0. Smith zipped past Zach Terry of Bellevue, 6-0, 6-0, but was defeated by fourth seeded Braun Applegate of Mason County, 6-0, 6-1.
The Harrison County Fillies had one doubles team advance to the quarterfinals, but were eliminated in that round. Miranda Turk and Emily Vance took three sets and two tie-breakers to get past Marissa McCoy and Janet Gannon of Montgomery County in the first round, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-2. In the second round they had an easier time with the Bourbon County pair of Katie Blevins and Lauren Duvall, winning 6-1, 6-0.
In the quarterfinals, Turk and Vance were eventually defeated by Carolyn Morris and Bridget Morris of Mason County, 6-4, 6-1. Morris and Morris had upset second seeded Marilyn Feil of Claire Estill of St. Pat in the second round.
The other Harrison County doubles team of Polly Whalen and Jacqueline Young were knocked off in the first round by Vicky Gallenstein and Sarah Ford of St. Patrick, 6-4, 6-0.
In girls singles play Aubrey Boyers won her first match against Shelbie Wulfekamp of St. Patrick, 6-0, 6-3, but was eliminated by top-seeded Carrie Laskey of Highlands, 6-0, 6-0. Allison McVey lost her first round match to Ginny Rush of Clark County, 6-2, 6-2.
Should Barnes and Whalen win on Wednesday and advance to the finals on Thursday, they would secure a spot in next weeks state tournament that will be held at the University of Kentucky.