Jeeps sweep to sectional finals vs. Lions

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LOOGOOTEE — The Loogootee Lions boys tennis team has something that used to belong to Northeast Dubois, and the Jeeps want it back. They’ll get their chance beginning at 5 p.m. today when the Lions and Jeeps meet in the Loogootee sectional finals.


It was last year that the Lions snapped Northeast Dubois’ streak of five consecutive sectional championships, the Jeeps’ only sectional crowns ever. So the Jeeps want their crown back, and 22-time sectional titlist Loogootee is the only obstacle to reclaiming that championship.

The Lions, as of late, have been a frequent sectional powerhouse. Loogootee won 13 of 14 titles from 1993 to 2007, then returned to the throneroom in 2011 and 2012 before unseating the Jeeps a year ago.

Northeast Dubois makes its return to the finals on the strength of a 5-0 semifinals win Wednesday against Paoli. With the except of No. 2 singles, the Jeeps cruised to wins in the other four matches, winning 48 of 52 games.

Reece Bauer whitewashed Marcus Stroud in No. 1 singles by a 6-0, 6-0 count, and Tucker Neukam defeated Bryce Ward in No. 3 singles by a 6-1, 6-0 score. In No. 2 singles, Aden Thewes was challenged by Kainan Yother before prevailing 7-5, 6-3.

In doubles play, Ethan Ziegler and Luke Harder dispatched of Tanner Coe and Brandon Cook by a 6-1, 6-1 score, and Tanner Hurt and Ross Mehringer registered the same scores in eliminating Isaac Cornett-McBride and Treyvin Street.

Northeast Dubois heads into the finals with a stellar 17-3 record.

A sectional championship today will send the Jeeps to the Jasper regional next Tuesday to face the winner of today’s Jasper-Forest Park title match.


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