By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s boys tennis team opened its 2013 campaign with a 4-1 win over Lewis Cass on Wednesday in Walton.
The two teams could very well meet again in early October with a sectional title on the line.
Logan’s new-look lineup was a success on Day 1. The Berries featured three upperclassmen in singles play and four underclassmen in doubles competition.
Bryan Zehner, who went 24-3 as a junior, had a perfect start to his senior season with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Brady Truman at No. 1 singles.
Logansport junior Lucas Eastburn defeated Nolan Lowe 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Kaleb and Zach Overway teamed to defeat Manny Prado and Brad Berlet 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. Jarrod Cole and Matt Jennings defeated Tyler Cottingham and Diego Manzano 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Cole and both Overways are sophomores, and Jennings is a freshman.
The Kings got their lone point of the day at No. 2 doubles when Brennen Garland perservered for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Berry senior Nathaniel King.
The Kings have a youthful group of singles players with Truman and Lowe being sophomores and Garland being a junior. In doubles play, Prado and Manzano are seniors, Cottingham is a sophomore and Berlet is a freshman who started the year at No. 1 doubles.
Of course when sectional play rolls around in six weeks, the lineups of both teams could be different.
Logansport coach Mike Montgomery was happy to start off the season with a win.
“It was a good opening night,” he said. “Eastburn played solid.
“Give credit to Cass’s Brennon Garland for coming back and winning in three sets.”
The Berries are back on the court Saturday when they travel to Huntington North to play Muncie Central and Richmond in a pair of North Central Conference matches. The Kings, meanwhile, host their invitational on Saturday.
Logan 186, McCutcheon 187
The Berries got the win over the Mavericks playing on the back nine of the Ravines Golf Course.
Alli Biggs and Kristina Kniesley each shot a 44 to lead the Berries (44). Haley Lopez followed closely behind with a 46. Bree Bair shot a 52 for the crucial fourth score. Megan Farris added a 53.
Logan coach Bob Bannon was pleased to get the win but said there’s room for improvement.
“To make the next step forward our short games must improve. We give too many strokes around the greens and from 75 yards in. We’ll get better at this,” he said.
“We are are still much better at this point of the season than last year.”
McCutcheon’s Hailey Harris shot a 3-over 39 to earn medalist honors for the Mavs (2-1).
The Berries are back in action on Saturday when they compete at the Rochester Invite.