Rebels send two doubles teams to State tennis tournament
Tyler Timms and Jordan Adcock of Riverside held off a furious rally by the Crowley's Ridge Academy duo of Jonathan Huggins and Jeremy Cohen to claim the 4AA Doubles District Championship 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) in tennis action Monday afternoon at Allen Park in Jonesboro.
The Rebel duo made quick work of Huggins and Cohen in the first set and seemed well on their way to an easy victory in the finals leading 5-1 in the second set. However, the Falcon tandem battled back to even the match at 5-5 and even had a couple of set points before Timms and Adcock held on in the marathon tiebreaker.
The victory was especially sweet for Timms, who lost in the finals of last year's district doubles championship with teammate Blake Barnes to Weiner. But this time, Timms and new partner junior Jordan Adcock, who rolled through conference play undefeated, swept all three of their matches in district to bring home the title and advance to this week's AA State Championship at Fairfield Bay.
The victory by Timms and Adcock, along with a third place finish by the Rebel duo of M.J. Emery and Garrett Weaver, gave Riverside two doubles teams in the state tournament.
The Riverside boys came up short in the team competition after rolling through the conference season unbeaten as CRA pulled off the upset, outscoring Riverside 13-11. Ridgefield Christian finished third with six points, followed by Walnut Ridge with five and Weiner with two.
Riverside's Cody Richarson came within one set of advancing to the state tourney as well but Trenton Hoggard of Ridgefield Christian rallied to knock off the Rebel sophomore, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the consolation match of the boy's singles play.
Timms and Adcock made their way to the finals by defeating Kyle Rowe and Steven Ramsey of CRA, 6-0, 6-0 and then gained their trip to the state with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the semi-finals over Ridgefield Christian's Noland Gilmore and Austin Green.
Emery and Weaver got to the state by defeating the Ridgefield Christian duo of Daniel Fields and Blake Emerson, 6-4, 6-0, in a quarterfinal match. The Rebel tandem then dropped their semi-final match to the Falcon team of Huggins and Cohen, 6-3, 6-0. Emery and Weaver battled back to win the consolation match and a trip to the state with a hard fought 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Ridgefield Christian's Green and Gilmore.
On the girl's side, Ridgefield Christian rolled to the District title with 13 points. Piggott finished runner-up with nine, followed by Walnut Ridge with seven, CRA three, Weiner two, and Riverside with one.
Riverside's lone point came when freshman Holly Dudley claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win over Weiner's Krista Westerman in the first round.
In other Riverside matches, on the boy's side, Cliff Kramer dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision to Trenton Hoggard of Ridgefield Christian in the second round of singles action. Cody Richardson blanked CRA's Jeremy Smith, 6-0, 6-0, also in a second round match. Richardson then dropped a third round match to eventual District runner-up Jack Kent, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, of Walnut Ridge.
In the boy's finals, Aaron Hudson of CRA made quick work of Walnut Ridge's Kent, 6-1, 6-0, to claim the singles championship.
The rest of the girl's results involving Riverside saw freshman Kailey Holt lose a tough 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 decision to Piggott's Jessica Payne in first round singles action. Dudley dropped her second round match to Piggott's Hillary French, the district runner-up, 6-2, 6-1.
In the girl's championship, Ridgefield Christian's Anna Ledbetter won her fourth straight singles title with a 6-0, 6-1 win over French.
In girl's doubles play, Magan Adams and Emilee Hook of Riverside were eliminated by CRA's Brittany Johns and Hannah Stidman, 6-0, 7-5 while freshmen Katey Campbell and Morgan Emery lost a second round match to Ridgefield Christian's Lindsey Morgan and Kristen Thrasher, 6-4, 6-1.
The team of Jordan Rorex and Laura Freeman of Walnut Ridge claimed the girls doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Piggott's Amanda Howell and Jordan Engle.
State tournament play will begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.