Rebel netters find success in Hot Springs
Riverside's Tyler Timms and Jordan Adcock fulfilled a dream every high school athlete covets by winning a state championship last year when the duo combined to capture the Class AA State Tennis Championship at Fairfield Bay.
Timms will continue his tennis career this year at the University of the Ozarks while Adcock will look for a new partner in hopes of defending the title he and Timms won last October.
But before the two embark on the new season, they got together one more time and showed why they were such a force in Arkansas tennis by winning the Hog Springs Village Junior Arkansas Level 5 Championship at the Coronado Tennis Center July 30 in Hot Springs Village. The duo took home the title as they rolled to an 8-2 victory in the finals over the team of Bin Burgess of Hope and Jarrett Harwell of Nashville.
Timms and Adcock advanced to the finals by defeating Brad Fason and Blake Stanage of Hot Springs, 8-0, before taking care of the Riverside duo of Garrett Weaver and Casey Hook 8-4 in the semi-finals.
Hook and Weaver bounced back by winning the consolation bracket when they downed Fason and Stanage, 8-2, before winning the consolation title with an 8-5 victory over Sean Cifelli and Andrew Glenn of Hot Springs.
Riverside also enjoyed success in singles play as Casey Hook downed his doubles partner Garrett Weaver 7-5, 6-2 to claim the Boys 16-Year Old Singles Championship in an all-Rebel final.
Hook got to the finals by downing Evan Daniel (7-5, 6-4) in the first round before claiming a straight set (6-4, 6-3) victory over Eric McCloud in the semi-finals.
Weaver made his way to the championship round by defeating Hope's Burgess in a thrilling three set semi-final match, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8).
In the boy's 18-year old singles action, Timms claimed third place by winning a 7-5, 6-1 match over Evan Daniel of Fort Smith before dropping a grueling 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (13-11) match in the semi-finals to Hot Springs' Logan Pratt, the eventual champion.
Adcock captured the consolation bracket of the 18-year old division with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Daniel. Adcock dropped his first round match to Poteau, Oklahoma's John Abbott (6-1, 7-5) before bouncing back to defeat Harwell of Nashville (6-1, 6-3) to advance to the consolation bracket finals.
"Everyone had a great time," said Riverside Coach Terry Conner. "It was a new experience playing on clay courts. I thought everyone played well. Casey Hook had an outstanding tournament and the match that Tyler (Timms) played against Logan Pratt was just a great match that kept going and going. I was proud of all the players."
After the tournament, the new rankings were announced. In the 18-year old division, Timms is now the 14th ranked player in the state in the Ranked Division while Adcock is now the 15th ranked player in the Ranked Division which takes into consideration all the play of the past month.
In the Open Division, which takes into consideration play from the entire year, Timms jumped eight spots from 52nd to number 44 while Adcock is listed as the number 55 player in the state.
In the Ranked 16-Year-Old Division, Casey Hook stands at number 18 while Garrett Weaver has a number 21 ranking. In the Open Division, Hook stands at number 71 while Weaver in ranked number 72.