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County sending 16 to state tournament
by H. Lee Smith II
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Kossuth began Tuesday’s Division 1-3A Individual Tournament with the normal seven entries.

By the time play concluded at Itawamba Community College, six had qualified for the 3A State Tournament.

Kossuth, which will open the team playoffs Monday at Crossroads Regional Park, will send 10 players in five events -- doubling up in girls doubles -- to Ridgeland Tennis Center on May 1-2.

All told, Alcorn County will send 17 individuals to the annual season-ending event. Alcorn Central will have five in three events in the 3A tourney, while Corinth will have two in the 4A event -- which will be held along with 3A and 5A in Ridgeland.

• Kossuth took three 1-3A champions and finished runner-up in two more. The all-Alcorn County mixed doubles championship between Alcorn Central’s Tayton Smith/Meredith Murphy and Kossuth’s Zak Harbin/Olivia Cooley couldn’t be finished due to rain and will be completed next week.

Both mixed doubles teams will advance having reached the championship round.

Claiming event championships were: Beth Ann Frazier (girls singles), Zach Shawl (boys singles), and the tandem of Rachel Winters and Taylor Heavener in girls doubles.

Advancing as runner-ups were: Marlee Sue Bradley and Brittney Rencher, who faced off with their teammates in girls doubles, and Emmanuel Longoria and Zaen Harbin in boys doubles.

• Jacob Price and Brenden Jobe claimed Alcorn Central’s title in boys doubles. In addition to the mixed doubles team advancing no matter the outcome next week, Abbey Hollowell also qualified by finishing as the runner-up in girls singles.

• Corinth, which will open the team playoffs at Division 2 champion and recent nemesis New Albany, will send one of its boys doubles entries to the event championship.

The Union County Bulldogs have ended Corinth’s season in the second round the previous two campaigns.

The team of Brandon Nhek and Josh Williams finished 2-1 in Wednesday’s 1-4A Tournament in Tupelo. The duo fell to Pontotoc’s Ryan Henry and Jacob Ferguson 6-1, 6-0 in the title bout.

Division 1-3A Tournament

AC-Alcorn Central, Be-Belmont, Bo-Booneville, K-Kossuth

Girls Singles

Semifinals

(K) Beth Ann Frazier def. (Bo) Adrianna Jackson 6-3, 6-3

(AC) Abbey Hollowell def. (Be) Alma Manzano 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Championship

(K) Frazier def. (AC) Hollowell 6-2, 6-3

Boys Singles

Semifinals

(K) Zach Shawl def. (AC) Nathan Hodum 6-0, 6-0

(Bo) Adam Holley def. (Be) Jesus Romero 6-1, 6-0

Championship

(K) Shawl def. (Bo) Holley 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Girls Doubles

Quarterfinals

(K) Rachel Winters/Taylor Heavener def (Bo) Wheelington/ Horne (Booneville) 6-0, 6-1

(AC) Allie Hughes/Madison Burnett def (Be) Rhodes/ Works 7-5, 7-5

(Be) Taylor/ Wiggington def. (AC) Olivia Smith/ Brooke McCoy 6-3, 6-2

(K) Marlee Sue Bradley/Brittney Rencher def. (Bo) Gamble/ McGrew 6-0, 6-1

Semifinals

(K) Winters/ Heavener def. (AC) Hughes/Byrnett 6-1, 6-0

(K) Bradley/ Rencher def (Be) Taylor/ Wiggington 6-3, 6-4

Championship

(K) Winters/Heavener def. (K) Bradley/Rencher 6-2, 6-3

Boys Doubles

Quarterfinals

(Be) Aguirre/ Beristain def (Bo) Aljalal/ Howell 6-0, 6-1

(K) Emmanuel Longoria/Zaen Harbin def. AC via forfeit

(AC) Jacob Price/Brenden Jobe def. (Bo) Bullock/Price 6-0, 6-0

(K) Chandler Jones/Cody Bryan def. (Be) Caldwell/ Henry 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Semifinals

(K) Harbin/ Longoria def. (Be) Aguirre/ Beristain 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

(AC) Price/Jobe def. (K) Jones/Bryan 6-0, 6-0

Championship

(AC) Price/Jobe def. (K) Harbin/ Longoria 6-1, 6-0

Mixed Doubles

Semifinals

(AC) Tayton Smith/Meredith Murphy def. (Be) Cleveland/ Senter 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

(K) Zak Harbin/Olivia Cooley def. (Bo) Womble/ Mincy 6-4, 6-3

Championship

(AC) Smith/ Murphy vs. Harbin/Cooley, incomplete due to rain
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