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This year’s 5th Region Tennis Tournament will lose one special treat.
Elizabethtown coach Karen Henson, the tournament’s director, said during Wednesday’s seeding/draw meeting at Elizabethtown that unlike in years past, students won’t have to miss school if the weather cooperates.
The tournament kicks off at 4:30 p.m. May 13, with first-round girls’ singles and doubles matches at Elizabethtown’s University Drive Park Tennis Courts. Boys’ first-round singles and doubles matches are set for 10 a.m. May 14.
Second-round matches will take place at 4:30 p.m. May 16, while third-round and semifinal matches will start at 4:30 p.m. May 17, with the finals slated for 5 p.m. May 18.
“I know the kids will be unhappy with that,” Henson said. “It was their special treat.”
As for the draw, Elizabethtown – and area schools – received more than two handfuls of top-eight seeds.
Elizabethtown controls the girls’ tournament, holding the top two seeds in the singles and doubles draws. Two-time region champ, senior Jenna Sallee, earned the top singles seed for the second straight year, while junior teammate AnnLauren Fiepke received the No. 2 seed.
The top two seeds received byes.
Meade County sophomore Jenna Mullen (No. 3) and Central Hardin freshman Hannah Thomas (No. 4), Central Hardin freshman Emily Novak (No. 5), John Hardin senior Ashley Schamburg (No. 6) and LaRue County junior Paige Nalley (No. 7) also earned top-eight seeds.
The area has plenty of seeded boys, owning 13-of-16 singles and doubles seeds.
In boys’ singles, Elizabethtown junior Reza Haider is the top seed and North Hardin junior Chrys Castro is the No. 2 seed.
Elizabethtown junior Zeeshan Bhatti (No. 3), John Hardin sixth-grader Cesar Castro (No. 4) and LaRue County senior Dylan Parr (No. 5) earned top-five seeds.
In boys’ doubles, the Elizabethtown tandem of Taylor Thomas and junior Bilal Ahmed earned the No. 2 seed, while LaRue County senior Ryan Abell and sophomore Bo Haun (No. 3) and Central Hardin seniors Tyler Sweat and Brad Jackson (No. 5) also earned top-five seeds.