END OF A RUN: Seymour’s sectional championship streak ends at six


In recent years, Seymour’s girls have dominated the tennis courts during sectional play.

On Saturday morning on the high school campus, their reign came to an end.

Scottsburg eked out a 3-2 win over the Owls on Saturday, snapping six-year championship streak for the Owls.

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The sectional title was the Warriors’ first since 2011 and eighth in school history.

The Warriors (20-4), coached by Ron Slaton, took an early 2-0 lead by winning at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Megan Johnson beat Grace Otte 6-3, 6-2 and Eliza Mount and Leah Hunefeld topped Madison Pifer and Kristina Grififn 6-1, 6-0.

Despite trailing by two, the Owls (8-8) continued to fight.

At No 2. singles, the Owls’ Sandra Cerino won the first set in a tiebreaker before taking the second 6-2 over Lyla Waskom.

The next to come off the courts were the Owls’ No. 2 doubles doubles duo of Mallory Moore and Avery Ragon.

Moore and Ragon won the first set against Lindsey Pfaffenbach and Kinley Harmon 7-6 before dropping the second 6-3. Despite being down 4-3 in the third set, the Owls rallied to win the next three games for the match.

The deciding match came at No. 3 singles, with the Owls’ Peyton Levine battling Hannah Brown. Levine won the first set 6-2 before dropping the second 6-3. In the third, Brown broke Levine’s serve to lead 5-4 before holding on in the next game to earn the win.

Owls coach Jan Fenton complimented both Levine, Ragon and Moore for battling down the stretch.

Connie Li, Chloe Bryden, Otte and Pifer will all graduate from the Owls’ program.

Fenton, who wrapped up her first season as head coach, said that the senior meant a lot to the team.

“They have helped us and encouraged us,” she said. “They have challenged and directed the girls. We are a team. Each player, even the ones that didn’t play today, are so supportive of each other. I know tennis can be a type of individual sport, but it’s also a team sport. I’m so appreciative of the way they’ve come together.

“We learned a lot and tried to use it throughout the season. WE just need to keep at it and keep focusing on our game.”

A pair of Jackson County singles players aren’t done in the postseason.

Brownstown Central senior Laken Reynolds and Trinity Lutheran senior Courtney Barker are both still alive in the postseason, and will compete in the individual sectional on Tuesday at Bloomington North.

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