Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

May 10, 2012

Dylan Nelson, Ali Harris qualify for region tourney

CROSSVILLE — Stone Memorial High School hosted the Region 2, District 4 A/AA Tennis Tournament Monday and Tuesday May 7-8, with Ali Harris and Dylan Nelson qualifying for the Region 2 A/AA May 14. 

SMHS tennis coach Ray Hawn served as this year’s tournament director to the district teams of Alcoa, Christian Academy of Knoxville, Harriman, Kingston, Loudon and Rockwood. 

Freshman Ali Harris drew a first round bye as the No. 1 tournament seed then proceeded to defeat Ashlee Wright of Loudon 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. 

Harris faced CAK’s Holly Chastain in the semifinals and emerged victorious with a 6-0, 6-3 score. 

The district championship pitted her against last year’s district champion Leighton Porter of CAK. Ali Harris earned a silver medal in a close 4-6, 5-7 loss to Porter.  Ali Harris advances to regional competition hosted by CAK on Monday, May 14. 

In other Lady Panther tournament action, freshman Tori Harris defeated Chely Claxton of Loudon 6-3, 6-0 to advance to quarterfinals, where she fell to last year’s district champion Leighton Porter 0-6, 1-6 in close games throughout the match. 

The Lady Panther doubles team of Ashley Elmore and Elise Myslinski won their first round 6-1, 6-0 over Jolley and Hill from Rockwood. Elmore and Myslinski advanced to quarterfinals where their tournament play ended 2-6, 2-6 by the No. 2 seed of Liner and Dunn of Alcoa.

The Lady Panther No. 4 tournament seed doubles team of Peyton Franklin and Jacqueline Hamby easily defeated Arden and Hallcox of Harriman 6-2, 6-1 in the first round and then defeated Drew and Brown of Loudon Co. 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, before losing 0-6, 1-6 to the No. 1 doubles seed of Barbara Smith and Haleigh Chastain of CAK in the semifinal round. 

In boys action, Casey Lightsey and Will Flynn lost 2-6, 3-6 to Smith and Sams of Kingston in the first round of doubles. Cole Kemmer and John Teeple lost 3-6, 5-7 to Ellison and Buscemi of Loudon in the first round of the tournament, as well.

Junior Mark Brown lost 0-6, 3-6 to Dylan Shanks of Loudon in the first round of singles in the tournament. 

After a first round bye, No. 2 tournament seed and Panther senior Dylan Nelson defeated Landon Daugherty of Alcoa 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinal round. 

Nelson then faced No. 3 seed Lucas Clower of Kingson in the semifinals and defeated Clower 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the district championship round. 

Nelson lost to No.1 seed CAK's Koi Royal in three sets 0-6, 6-4, 3-6 to earn the district singles silver medal and advance to the Regional Tournament in Knoxville Monday, May 14.

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