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October 5, 2013

Dragons, Highlanders with 30th sectional titles

New Albany wins 10th straight, 25th overall

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Floyd Central beat North Harrison 5-0 to extend its sectional winning streak to 27 straight years and Silver Creek edged Borden 3-2 for its 24th straight sectional title on Friday.

Both programs won its 30th sectional title in school history, while New Albany won its 10th straight and 25th overall with a 5-0 win over Lanesville on Friday.

SILVER CREEK SECTIONAL

Of Silver Creek’s 30 sectional titles, Friday was one of the toughest victories.

The Dragons stacked their doubles teams for next week’s regional and won at both doubles events easily. However, Creek could only manage to win one of the three singles events for the 3-2 win.

“It was 3-2 but part of thta was us adjusting our lineup to look forward to future matches,” Silver Creek coach Robert Briscoe said. “We know we’re going to hae some close ones with the matchups we put out there.”

The Dragons’ doubles teams of Nick Sprinkle and Jake Steele at No. 1 and Gabe Bauer and Isaac Corum at No. 2 only dropped three games total.

Brennan Thompson at No. 1 singles clinched the victory for Creek with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Josh Vollstedt.

“We specifically talked about [the 30 sectional titles] after the match,” Briscoe said. “To have a program with this kind of success, a lot of schools would like to be where we are. Although we’ve won 23 in a row, it feels just as special as any of the others.”

FLOYD CENTRAL SECTIONAL

The Highlanders dropped just four games in their 5-0 win over the Cougars.

“The kids really played well against a nice team,” Floyd coach Rick Miller said. “I’m very pleased with the effort.”

Chris Boone at No. 2 singles, Billy Sleight at No. 3 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Austin Ivey and Alec Saxon all won 6-0, 6-0.

Ryan Plunkett earned a 6-0-6-1 win over Andrew Dones at No. 1 singles and Jack Stoner and Reed Plunkett took down Gage Arnold and Brad Nowak 6-1, 6-2.

“They’re all special,” Miller said of the Highlanders’ 30th crown. “The guys were excited. It certainly wasn’t ho-hum. These kids have big dreams.”

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