The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 17, 2013

Mustangs take WRC tennis lead

Kody Keeling improves to 10-1 for Fountain Central

BY GREG FLINT sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — WEST LEBANON, Ind. – Seeger hosted Fountain Central in boy’s tennis but fell to the visitors by the score of 3-2.

Depending on whom you might ask, the match between the two schools may or may not have been for the Wabash River Conference championship.

Unofficially, the two teams have combined to defeat the other WRC schools so it could be said that this match had the top two schools in the conference and thus would decide the title.

Officially, each school has other matches to play and no coach would want his team to think the conference race was already over.

“No, it’s not for the title,” said Fountain Central assistant coach David Kight. “We’re only playing our third conference match, so it’s way too early to say that.”

But, with the victory on Monday, the Mustangs (6-5 overall) are the conference leaders at 3-0 with two matches still to play.

Still, the match developed as if it were being played for a title as it came down to the No. 1 singles final to decide the winning team.

Borden Kennedy of Seeger got the first win for his team at No. 2 singles over Austin Wright 6-1, 6-1.

Fountain Central tied it back up with the No. 1 doubles pair of Ladd Warner and Doug Keeling taking down Josh Orahood and Nick McGowen by that same score. The Mustangs then went ahead as their No. 2 doubles team of Dalton Griffin and Dallas Otero defeated Bret Frye and Logan Stout 6-2, 6-0.

Cal Stover of Seeger then tied the match at 2-all when he defeated Holden Helms 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

That put the pressure on the No. 1 singles players, as the victor of that match would give his team the win on the night and the lead, if not the title, in the WRC.

Kody Keeling of Fountain Central, who has only lost one time this year and that to a powerful Crawfordsville player, won the first set 6-2 and was up 5-2 in the second set.

Addison Martin of Seeger battled back to win the next two games to pull within one at 5-4, but Keeling won the last game to win the set 6-4, giving him the victory at No. 1 singles and Fountain Central had a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

Fountain Central returns to action on Tuesday with a match at home versus Rockville in the WRC and then they travel to sectional foe Benton Central on Wednesday.

Seeger is off until Thursday when they play three straight non-conference foes in North Montgomery, Frankfort and Benton Central before their rematch on the 25th with the Mustangs.

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at gfphoto@gfphoto-web.com