Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside handed East Poinsett County their first regular season loss in five years when the Rebels downed the Warriors 4-2 in high school boys tennis action Monday afternoon, Sept. 25, at Lake City.
EPC got a measure of revenge when the Lady Warriors knocked off the Lady Rebels, 4-1.
The feature match of the day came at number one doubles when the defending State Champion Rebels knocked off the team that they beat for last year's championship, 6-4. Jordan Adcock, playing with new partner Glen Graham, broke the service of the team of Justin Parnell and Steven Emerich on two different occasions to break open a tight match and pull out the victory.
Riverside also won a hard fought match at number two doubles when the Rebel duo of Casey Hook and Garrett Weaver held off the Warrior tandem of Lando Bass and Matt Powell, 7-5. Riverside picked up another victory at number three doubles when Cody Richardson and Shawn Mathews teamed to beat Brian Branch and Justin Williams, 6-3. The Warriors salvaged the last doubles match when Kyle Comlinson and Justin Williams downed Rebels Nick Bagley and Blake Barnes, 7-5.
In singles action, Justin Parnell won a hard fought match over Riverside's Jordan Adcock, 7-6, before the Rebel's Cody Richardson came back with a 6-1 win over Steven Emerich.
In girls action, EPC swept singles play as Sabrina Benton defeated Riverside's Katey Campbell, 6-3, at number one singles while Stephanie Steakley outlasted Morgan Emery 7-5 at number two singles and Candace Dorris blanked Christy Ward,6-0.
In doubles play, EPC won the first match with a 6-2 victory as Steakley and Benton teamed to defeat the Rebel pair of Campbell and Emery, 6-2. Riverside got their lone point of the match when Kailey Holt and Holly Dudley paired to defeat the Lady Warrior duo of Hailey Shankle and Carla Kemp, 6-3.
"It feels great to beat EPC," said Riverside senior Jordan Adcock. "They beat us twice last year. Now we have returned the favor, beating them twice this year. A lot of people thought we couldn't beat them this year after losing our star player, Tyler (Timms), but Glen (Graham) has filled his shoes nicely and we proved that we could. We are not as fast as last year but with Glen's height, he will make you pay if you hit it anywhere around the net."
"Jordan really played well today," said 6'7" junior Glen Graham. "Our height is a real advantage and it is hard to get it past us around the net. We are like the twin towers. You can't knock us down."
Riverside made it two victories for the week when they shut out Walnut Ridge 4-0 Thursday afternoon at Lake City.
Cody Richardson knocked off one of the conference's top players in Walnut Ridge's Jack Kent, 6-4, at number one singles. Cliff Kramer won the other singles match with a 6-2 win over Bobcat Tom Jackson.
The Rebels also took both doubles matches as Adcock and Graham shut out Wesley Davis and Curtis Jackson, 6-0. Casey Hook and Garrett Weaver teamed to beat Kent and Matt Moore, 6-1.
Riverside returned to action Monday afternoon when they traveled to Trumann to take on the Wildcats. The Rebels play Tuesday afternoon in a 4:00 match against Ridgefield Christian in Jonesboro. The Rebels will open District Tournament play at 8:00 Wednesday morning in Jonesboro.