Owls fall in final round; sophomore claims lone Seymour win

With a reworked lineup, Scottsburg gave Seymour a different look from the regular season in the title match.

Boosting their experience at the doubles positions, the Warriors marched to a 4-1 victory against the Owls to claim the Seymour Sectional championship on Saturday.

At No. 3 singles, sophomore Adam Berry claimed the Owls’ lone victory by defeating Mason Ruble 7-6 (9-7), 6-0.

“Adam has been incredibly successful at No. 3 singles for us,” Owls coach Jennifer Miller said. “He’s enjoyable to watch — he just finds ways to win. To battle through that first set and then sweep the second set shows he has the tenacity and competitiveness to play through those tough points for him.”

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Owls senior Alex Berry and the Warriors’ Isaac Everitt found themselves in a dogfight at No. 1 singles.

After Berry took the first set 6-3, Everitt stormed back to win the second 6-2.

Berry was able to build a 5-3 lead in the third set, but Everitt once again made the comeback by winning the next four games.

“It was a very tough battle,” Miller said. “In that third set, there were some unforced errors. I think these two proved the first time around they were well matched against one another — and it proved true again tonight. (Berry) was physically struggling a little bit and battled through it, but just didn’t have enough to move on.”

In No. 2 singles play, Caleb White picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win against junior Ty McCory.

Seymour seniors Johnny Rennekamp and Grant Handloser fell to Isiah Walker and Camden Jones 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, senior Jonathan Valasquez and sophomore Sam Schmidt lost to Malachi Carr and Mark Hays 6-3, 6-3.

“Scottsburg is losing several of their positions to seniors as well, and those seniors have a lot of match experience,” Miller siad. “With our doubles, two players were new to varsity and the position this season. The lineup was a little different from the last time we played, and the adjustments he made definitely strengthened their doubles.”

With the loss, the Owls finished 9-8 for the season.