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Trojans fall to Lions and Tigers by a point

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New Castle’s Josh Martin returns a shot to Yorktown’s Isaac Stacher at No. 3 singles during Wednesday’s boys tennis match at New Castle. Martin defeated Stacher in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
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New Castle’s Rylan Huntley returns a shot. 23. This past Wednesday and Thursday, Huntley defeated his Yorktown and Rushville opponents in straight sets at No. 1 singles, losing a total of only three games in the process.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

After starting the season pretty well with a relatively young and inexperienced squad, the New Castle High school boys tennis team has found the path a little rougher in its past several matches, as it has lost five straight, four on the road.

The only match at home in that stretch was against Hoosier Heritage Conference opponent Yorktown on a very hot Wednesday evening, and the Trojans fell to the visiting Tigers 3-2.

In that match, New Castle’s Rylan Huntley was leading Yorktown’s Caleb Lloyd 5-0 at No. 1 singles when Lloyd retired from the flight, so Huntley was credited with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Also, the Trojans’ Josh Martin defeated the Tigers’ Isaac Stacher in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

Elsewhere for New Castle, Spencer Stewart lost to Joey Ulrich at No. 2 singles, the No. 1 doubles team of A.J. Abrams and Garrett Rusch fell to Yorktown’s Nathan Hicks and Mason Minniear, and Jackson Clapp and Bryce Jenkins lost at No. 2 doubles to the Tigers’ Carson Orr and Gavin Centofanil.

The Trojan junior varsity lost to Yorktown 2-1, as Kaleb Carter got the only point for New Castle  at No. 1 singles 6-0.

Thursday evening, the Trojans traveled south to Rushville and were nipped by the host Lions 3-2. Points for New Castle came when Rylan Huntley won at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-3 and Spencer Stewart and Garrett Rusch won at No. 1 doubles 6-3, 6-1. 

“We moved some players around a bit,” New Castle Coach John Burdsall stated, “so there will be a small adjustment period. Rylan Huntley played great at No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Spencer Stewart and Garrett Rusch didn’t take long to find their rhythm in their first-ever match together.”

The Trojan junior varsity defeated Rushville 3-0. Kaleb Carter and Aidan Sipes won at No. 1 doubles 7-6, Andrew Lacey and Bryce Jenkins won at No. 2 doubles 6-2, and Sam Maddy and Jacob Dolce won at No. 3 doubles 6-4.

Right now, New Castle’s varsity record is 4-8, which includes a 0-2 record in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

“We have not played very well the past three matches,” Burdsall added. “I can understand getting beat by Delta 5-0 (Tuesday), but the losses to Yorktown and Rushville are inexcusable. We were the better team in both matches and some of us let the team down by poor play and no desire. The Rushville match really hurt because we played very bad. The only excuse we would have is that some players played in other positions. But it is still tennis and all shots are still hit the same. We need to start playing better or we will not win another match and exit sectional early.”

On Aug. 30, the Trojans traveled to Indianapolis and lost to a very good Heritage Christian team 5-0, and some of the flights were close.

In singles for New Castle, Rylan Huntley lost 4-6, 2-6 at No. 1; Spencer Stewart lost 6-7, 6-4, 10-7 at No. 2; and Josh Martin lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 at No. 3. In doubles, A.J. Abrams and Jackson Clapp lost 2-6, 1-6 at No. 1 and Aiden Sipes and Bryce Jenkins lost 1-6, 4-6 at No. 2. The Trojan junior varsity lost to the Eagles 2-1. Winning the point for New Castle were Garrett Rusch and Sam Maddy at doubles. This past Tuesday, the Trojans traveled to Royerton to face one of the best teams in the state in Delta and lost to the host Eagles 5-0.

For New Castle in singles, Rylan Huntley lost 0-6, 0-6 at No. 1; Spencer Stewart lost 2-6, 2-6 at No. 2; and Josh Martin lost 0-6, 0-6 at No. 3. In doubles. the Trojans’ A.J. Abrams and Jackson Clapp lost 0-6, 0-6 at No. 1 and Aiden Sipes and James Harris lost 0-6, 1-6 at No. 2.