Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside powered their way to three more victories while battling the 3A Westside Warriors to an 8-8 deadlock in a busy week of high school tennis action.
The Rebels began the week on Monday with a 3-1 win against rival East Poinsett County and followed up with a convincing 6-1 triumph over Trumann on Tuesday. The Rebels traveled to Jonesboro on Wednesday and fought the Westside Warriors to an 8-8 tie before closing the week with a 5-0 whitewash against conference rival Walnut Ridge.
Westside provided Riverside with its toughest test of the season, as the two teams split
both the singles and doubles action. Riverside's Casey Hook got the Rebels off to a good start at number one singles with a 6-1 win over Westside's Cody Hensley. Hunter Poole came back at number two singles to even things up for the Warriors with an identical 6-1 win over Rebel Glen Graham.
Riverside seemed to be in control, taking the next three matches as Cody Richardson downed Zac Tate, 6-3, while Garrett Weaver shut out Jeremiah Nortier, 6-0, and Nick Bagley edged Trevor Cline, 6-4. But the Warriors knotted things up by winning three of the last four singles matches. Nortier started Westside's comeback with a 6-1 win over Riverside's Cam Casey while Warriors Poole and Hensley won their matches over Rebels Richardson and Graham with a pair of tough 7-5 decisions. Riverside picked up a 6-2 win when Weaver downed Tate, 6-2.
Riverside's undefeated number one doubles duo, Casey Hook and Glen Graham, knocked off the Westside pair of Hensley and Nortier, 6-2, to jumpstart the Rebels in doubles action. Westside bounced back, taking the next two matches as Jackson Spencer and Zac Tate defeated Riverside's Cam Casey and Bryan Poe, 6-1. The Warrior pair of Brett Huffstedler and Dylan Tinsley hammered their way to a 6-2 win over Chase Nichols and Travis Mays. Riverside got even again when Nathan Eldridge and Travis Mays slipped by Westside's Tinsley and Freddie Prince, 6-4. Rebels Cody Richardson and Garrett Weaver put Riverside back on top with a 6-0 whitewash of Cline and Poole, but the Warriors evened things up on the day when the duo of Tinsley and Dylan Barnett outlasted Riverside's Poe and Bagley, 6-3.
Riverside began the week with a 3-1 win over EPC as Casey Hook led a sweep of singles play with his 6-3 win over the Warrior's Chris Stover. Glen Graham followed with a 6-0 shutout over Kyle Tomlinson and Cam Casey completed the sweep with a 6-2 victory against Ben Stover. EPC got their only win of the match when the duo of Lando Bass and Matt Powell got by Riverside's Garrett Weaver and Cody Richardson, 6-4, in the only doubles match of the day.
Riverside hosted Trumann Tuesday afternoon and had no trouble defeating the Wildcats, 6-1. Riverside won all four singles matches as Cody Richardson defeated Logan Schmidt, 6-2, and Cam Casey blasted Trevor Blasingame, 6-0. Nick Bagley won a hard fought 7-5 decision over Schmidt while Nathan Eldridge completed the sweep with a 6-4 victory against Ryan Ragan.
Riverside took two of the three doubles matches with Casey Hook and Glen Graham beating the Wildcat pair of Jacque Tyler and T.J. Moye, 6-3, at number one doubles. Sophomores Daniel McCormick and Bryan Poe teamed to hammer out a 6-0 win over Blasingame and Ragan. Trumann netted their only win of the day when Tyler and Moye edged Riverside's Garrett Weaver and Chase Nicols, 7-5.
The Rebels finished their long week of action with a convincing 5-0 shutout over conference foe Walnut Ridge. Riverside won all three singles matches as Garrett Weaver and Nick Bagley picked up 6-1 wins over Bobcats John Scott Kelley and Holloway. Rebel Daniel McCormick knocked off Walnut Ridge's Wesley Davis, 6-4.
Casey Hook and Glen Graham slammed their way to a 6-0 drubbing against the Bobcat team of Davis and Johnson. Riverside completed their sweep for the day when Cody Richardson and Cam Casey whipped Ty Bobbitt and Tom Jackson, 6-3.
The Rebels improved to 9-0-1 on the season and will resume play Friday when they travel to Jonesboro to take on league foe Ridgefield Christian in the final match of the regular season.