River Ridge boys fall to LaGrange in state playoffs
by Emily Horos
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April 26, 2013 01:36 AM | 1460 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The River Ridge boys tennis team had eyes on the Class AAAA elite eight, unfortunately, it will now have to wait until 2014 for another chance. Grason Chumley, above, teamed with Kamren Bernhardt to win the Knights only match at No. 2 doubles.
The River Ridge boys tennis team had eyes on the Class AAAA elite eight, unfortunately, it will now have to wait until 2014 for another chance. Grason Chumley, above, teamed with Kamren Bernhardt to win the Knights only match at No. 2 doubles.
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WOODSTOCK — Boys’ tennis coach Lynn Freeman wanted to bring the first state title to River Ridge, but instead the coach was left uttering the familiar refrain “we’ll be back next year” after the Knights fell 3-1 to LaGrange in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

The Knights and Grangers were tied 1-all after LaGrange’s Emory DeLoach defeated Jeremy Mims

6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and the River Ridge pairing of Kamren Bernhardt and Grayson Chumley won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Ben Van Hout was trailing at No. 2 singles after losing a tie-breaker in the first set. At No. 1 doubles Gabe Mims and Clay McIntyre had won their first set, but the Grangers were leading the second set.

The Knights’ Jake Hicks was warming up against Clay Dodson and Freeman was feeling pretty good about where things stood.

“If we can get our No. 3 singles out there, I think we have a shot,” said Freeman.

At that time, the Knights only needed to win two of the three remaining matches. They were already up in one of them.

However Hicks wouldn’t even be a factor.

Connor Mahan dominated the second set against Van Hout for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory, which put the Grangers up 2-1.

By the time LaGrange won the second set at No. 1 doubles, Freeman was starting to change her tune.

While Hicks was battling a tough opponent in Dodson, Mims and McIntyre were fighting to keep the team alive. The duo tied the third set at 4-all, but LaGrange rallied and put it away 6-4.

“LaGrange is a great team,” said Freeman. “We went to a lot of deuce points, but we were just outplayed today. It was a great match.”

The Knights are in good shape for next year. Van Hout, Gabe Mims, Hicks, Bernhardt and Chumley are all underclassmen.

“Definitely, we will be back,” said Freeman. “We have a young team. Only two are graduating from today. We played one of our alternates today and we won that match. We have a bright future ahead.”
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Steve Smith
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April 26, 2013
Just wondering why SHS gets nothing in the paper. The girls are in the second round. Will probably lose, but have had a good season.
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