Lincoln County High School’s tennis team wrapped up its regular season and district tournament last week.
Thursday, the District 8AAA Individual Tournament was held in Shelbyville.
Daniel Selfridge finished as runner-up in singles action and advances to the region tournament to be held May 13 at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro.
Chelsi Wheat and Lauren Gower finished as runner-up in the girls’ doubles and have advanced to the region tournament as well.
“Chelsi and Lauren almost beat a team that has been playing together for two years,” said Coach Jonathan Brown. “They had a shot at it and could have won that match in the future.
“Daniel had a shot at it as well, but Smotherman from Shelbyville was clearly the best player at the tournament. He’ll play Taylor Grulman from Siegel, and Chelsi and Lauren will play Ashlee Boles and Marissa Kovach from Siegel in the region.
“Also I can’t say enough about the improvement of Matthew Posey,” Coach Brown added. “He went from playing 7 or 8 last year to competing with the district champion in the semifinals. Without his improvement, we would have not finished the season with a winning record.
“Both the guys and girls finished with a 6-4 record, as well,” continued Brown. “The guys will be the four seed in the team district in Shelbyville on Tuesday. The girls will play in Tullahoma, probably Friday, but that has not been confirmed yet.”
In the first round of boys’ singles action, Selfridge got a bye; Posey advanced with an 8-4 win over Trevor Summers from Tullahoma.
In the second round, Selfridge defeated Will Burress from Lawrence County, 8-3.
Posey advanced to the semifinals, defeating Matt Schmitz from Franklin County, 8-6.
In the boys’ semifinals, Posey went down, 6-3, 6-0. Selfridge advanced to the championship with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Michael Truelove.
In the finals, Selfridge was defeated, 6-3, 6-0.
In the boys’ varsity doubles, Plunkett/Shouse won 9-8 over Wright/Scott. In the second round, Shouse/Plunkett lost 8-0 to Merlo/Clanton of Shelbyville who went on to win the doubles title.
In the first round of the girls’ singles, Morgan Helums got a bye. Hanna Counts won 8-4 over Ana Exell from Franklin County.
In the second round, Helums was defeated, 8-0, by Abby Tackett from Tullahoma. Counts went down, 8-2, to Flo Louett from Lawrenceburg.
In the girls’ varsity doubles, Wheat/Gower got a first round bye. Atkinson/McGee lost to Brown/Myers from Tullahoma, 8-3.
In the second round girls’ doubles, Wheat/Gower won 8-0 over Wayne/Kilbourn from Lawrence County.
In the semifinals of the girls’ doubles, Wheat/Gower won, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, over Dugan/Cooper from Shelbyville.
In the finals, Wheat/Gower were defeated, 6-7, 6-2 and 6-3.
In the boys’ JV first round, Harwell won, 6-0, then lost in the second round, 6-0.
In the girls’ JV first round, Sarah Watson received a bye; Bella Beddingfield won 6-0; Shannon Durrenberger lost, 6-4; Linley Gifford lost, 6-1; Allie Perez won, 6-2; Jessica Pearson lost, 6-0; SheaLea McDonald lost 6-0; and Allie Bridge won, 6-0.
In the girls’ JV second round, Beddingfield won, 7-6; Perez lost, 6-1; Watson lost, 6-1; and Bello won, 7-5.
In the girls’ JV third round, Beddingfield lost, 7-6, and Bello won, 6-4.
In the girls’ JV semifinals, Bello lost, 8-1.
Tuesday both the boys and girls swept Lawrence County, 5-2, in their final district match-up of the season. Wednesday’s match with Coffee County was cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
The Falcons took the win on the road, 5-2.
In singles play, Daniel Selfridge won 8-0; Matthew Posey lost 9-8; Barrett Wright went down, 8-5; Patrick Scott won, 8-3; Justin Plunkett won, 8-6; and Blaze Harrell won 8-2.
In boys’ doubles action, Selfridge/Posey won, 8-6; Wright/Scott won 8-5; and Shouse/Plunkett won, 8-2.
In the girls’ singles play, Morgan Helums lost, 8-2; Lauren Gower won, 8-1; Hanna Counts took the win, 8-6; Jasmine Bello won, 8-1; and Ashley Atkinson won, 8-2.
The girls’ doubles saw Helums/Gower lose, 8-3, and Sarah Watson/Hayley McGee win, 8-6.
In JV action, Allie Bridge won, 8-1; Bella Beddingfield lost, 6-4; and Jessica Pearson won, 6-1.