In June 3 Issue
It was no surprise that Casey County won the 12th Region High School Boys Tennis Tournament held recently at Berea College. The Rebels were led by brothers, Kyle and Brad Jeffries, both of whom had perfect 17-0 regular season singles’ records. Kyle defended his Singles’ Title with four impressive wins including a 6-1; 6-0 thrashing of No. 2 seed Colin Hart of Lincoln County in the finals. Brad made it to the semi-finals before losing to Hart 6-2; 6-3.
Three Laker Boys scored first round victories. Kerry Kingry stormed back from an 0-4 first set deficit in his match with Pulaski County’s Cody Harris winning 7 games in a row en route to a 6-4; 6-2 win over his Maroon opponent. Kyle Garner and Zakk West notched a convincing 6-3; 6-2 win over Parsons and Melhuish of Madison Southern in a first round doubles match-up.
Cody Womack had a tough first round draw in rising star Corbin Kirksey of Wayne County. Kirksey scored a 6-2; 6-0 victory. Kirksey later pushed the No. 3 seed of tournament to the brink before dropping a hard fought match, 6-4; 6-4. Scott Hoover and
Jonathon Meece lost to Staples and Ibiaste of Wayne County 6-0; 6-1 in their doubles duel.
In second round play, the three advancing Lakers went up against seeded players. Kingry dropped his match, 6-1; 6-2, to No. 8 seed, David Weigel of Somerset. Garner and West had an even tougher draw losing 6-0; 6-0 to No. 1 seed and eventual region champs, Lark and Compton of Berea.
At the KHSAA Boys State Tournament held at the University of Kentucky this past weekend, Kyle Jeffries won three matches defeating two seeded players on his way to a quarter-final match-up and loss against No. 1 seed, Beck Pennington of Bowling Green.
Jeffries ended his high school tennis career with a singles’ record of 82-2. His only two losses came at the State tournament the past two years.
BOYS’ 12th Region Tennis TournamentóBerea College, May 20-22
Kerry Kingry, Russell Co. def. Cody Harris, Pulaski Co. 6-4; 6-2.
Corbin Kirksey, Wayne Co. def. Cody Womack, Russell Co. 6-2; 6-0.
No. 8 David Weigel, Somerset def. Kerry Kingry 6-1; 6-2
No. 1 Kyle Jeffries, Casey Co. def. No. 4 Sam Jackson, Berea 6-0; 6-0
No. 2 Colin Hart, Lincoln Co. def. No. 5 Brad Jeffries, Casey Co. 6-2; 6-3
No. 1 Kyle Jeffries, Casey Co. def. No. 2 Colin Hart, Lincoln Co. 6-1; 6-0
Kyle Garner/Zakk West, Russell Co. def. Parsons/Melhuish, Madison Southern 6-3; 6-2
Staples/Ibiasate, Wayne Co def. Scott Hoover/Jonathon Meece, Russell Co. 6-0; 6-1
No. 1 Lark/Compton, Berea def. Garner/West, Russell Co. 6-0; 6-0
No. 1 Lark/Compton, Berea def. No. 4 Neal/Kirksey, Wayne Co. 6-4; 6-4.
No. 3 Johnson/Barnett, Garrard Co. def. No. 5 Lyons/Harris, Boyle Co. 4-6; 6-2; 6-2.
Lark/Compton, Berea (1) def. Johnson/Barnett, Garrard County (3) 3-6; 6-4; 6-3