By KEVIN HARRIS
The Jeffersonville boys’ tennis team is sectional champions again.
The 12th-ranked Red Devils won the Jeff Sectional championship for the seventh year in a row on Thursday at the Jeffersonville High School Tennis Center, defeating New Washington in the final 5-0. It was the Red Devils’ 20th sectional title in program history, as they have claimed a sectional crown in 17 of the last 19 seasons.
Jeff (17-1) only dropped one game in the entire match. That happened at No. 2 doubles as the Red Devil senior pair of Chase Kayrouz and Justin Padgett downed the Mustangs’ Dakota Dieterlen and Caleb Ellison, 6-0, 6-1.
“I was especially pleased for the two seniors tonight,” Jeff coach Mark Reilly said. “Justin and Chase played their last match at these courts together at the two doubles spot. It has been a nice four years for them. Each year, they have been a part of the team that won the sectional and were both freshmen on the team that went to the [IHSAA] Final Four [in 2010]. When these two look back at their high school days, I know that tennis will bring some great memories.”
Jeff singles players Austin Hunt, Brock Winchell and Connor Buntin each won in straight sets along with the Red Devil No. 1 doubles team of Sam Coward and Jack Reilly.
“We ran into a buzzsaw today,” New Washington coach Wayne Davis said. “Jeff is extremely good and on top of that we came out very tight and I don’t think we ever did get comfortable with our game.
“We had a very good year and I’m proud of my team. I’ve got some great kids, and we’ll do our best to improve and be back next year as a better team. Mark has a very strong team and I wish them the best of luck in the rest of the tournament.”
The Red Devils will face the winner of today’s Silver Creek Sectional final between the host Dragons and Borden in Tuesday’s Floyd Central Regional semifinals.
JEFF 5, NEW WASHINGTON 0
No. 1 — Austin Hunt d. Jake Zimmerman 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — Brock Winchell d. Logan Miles 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Connor Buntin d. Miles Matthews 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 — Sam Coward-Jack Reilly d. Travis McKim-Collin Schindler 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — Chase Kayrouz-Justin Padgett d. Dakota Dieterlen-Caleb Ellison 6-0, 6-1.
Record: Jeff 17-1.
Next: Jeff vs. Silver Creek or Borden, Tuesday at Floyd Central Regional semifinals.
SILVER CREEK SECTIONAL
At Silver Creek
BORDEN 4, HENRYVILLE 1
No. 1 — Josh Vollstedt (B) d. Emery Dieterlen 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2 — Joseph Vollstedt (B) d. Landon Guthrie 6-2, 6-4.
No. 3 — Kamden Hurst (B) d. Elijah Weeks 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 — Cody Craddock-Dylan Scott (B) d. Cameron Hardesty-Logan Smith 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Luke Davidson-Conrad Beyl (H) d. Elijah Franklin-Dawson Nale 0-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.
SILVER CREEK 5, CHARLESTOWN 0
No. 1 — Brennan Thompson d. Ben Delaney 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 — Noah Eckert d. Kyle Jackson 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 — Max Moore d. Tyler Massie 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 1 — Nick Sprinkle-Jake Steele d. Zach Whitten-Zach Gibson 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 — Anthony Less-Isaac Corum d. Chris Bates-Austin Smith 6-4, 6-1.
Notes: The championship today is at 4:15 p.m. today. Silver Creek will attempt to win its 30th sectional championship overall and its 24th title in a row. Borden has never won a sectional championship.
FLOYD CENTRAL SECTIONAL
At Floyd Central
FLOYD CENTRAL 5, EASTERN 0
No. 1 — Ryan Plunkett d. Alex Doebler 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 — Chris Boone d. Grant Newcomb 6-4, 7-5.
No. 3 — Patrick Hynes d. Jordan Gray 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
No. 1 — Jack Stoner-Chris Collier d. Clayton Marshall-Terry Chism 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 — Austin Ivey-Alec Saxon d. Trace Myers-Payton Sparks 6-0, 6-0.
Notes: North Harrison defeated Crawford County in the other semifinal, 3-2. Floyd Central will be vying for its 30th sectional championship at 5 p.m. today against the Cougars. The Highlanders also will try to win their 27th consecutive sectional title.
Quotes: Floyd Central coach Rick Miller, “I think we played pretty good. We had a couple of guys out, so we had to put some younger guys in today. Eastern played well. Eastern needs to be applauded and given a pat on the back. But I think our kids played the tougher schedule this year and it showed.”
Record: Floyd Central 8-10.
Next: Floyd Central vs. North Harrison, today at Floyd Central Sectional final.
NEW ALBANY SECTIONAL
At New Albany
NEW ALBANY 5, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0
No. 1 — Logan Charbonneau d. Justin Brown 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 — Alec Bates d. Jack Drake 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Nathan Johnson d. Patrick Fitzgibbon 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1 — Jacob Kennard-Tanner Goller d. Bradley Gay-Seth Delbridge 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — Nick White-Zach Daniel d. Justin Hurst-Dylan Burton 6-0, 6-0.
Notes: The Bulldogs will vie for its 25th sectional championship and its 10th consecutive sectional title at 4:15 p.m. today. Lanesville defeated Corydon Central in Thursday’s other semifinal, 3-2.
Next: New Albany vs. Lanesville, today at New Albany Sectional final.