Awards for Northeast Dubois tennis were handed out Tuesday at the team’s annual banquet. Reece Bauer was named Most Valuable Player, and Ethan Ziegler and Luke Harder were honored as Most Valuable Doubles Players.
Mitch Kluemper and Grant Stratton, Jasper’s No. 1 doubles team that qualified for the state tennis tournament with a 19-4 record, found their stay on the state's biggest stage a short-lived experience.
Mitch Kluemper and Grant Stratton, the No. 1 doubles combo for Jasper, will take the court at the tennis state tournament Friday afternoon at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis. They are the waning season's last bastion for Dubois County tennis. Three wins on the state's biggest stage are all that stand between the duo and high school athletics immortality.
Two of the most unique athletic achievements in Jasper High School history happened 20 years ago — the girls’ tennis doubles state title in June 1999 followed by the boys’ team winning an unprecedented tennis state championship in October.
The Jasper Wildcats swept Bloomfield on Wednesday to claim their ninth consecutive boys regional tennis championship. The team faces Evansville Reitz in the semi-state round at noon on Saturday at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex. Saturday's winner advances to the state tournament.
Heading into Tuesday’s regional play at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex, coach Scott Yarbrough was worried about how his team would perform. The Wildcats had not practiced well Friday and Monday, so when Jasper defeated Loogootee 4-1 to advance to Wednesday's final, it was a welcome relief.