Any success the Danville boys tennis team has in this weekend’s 12th Region Tournament might be attributed to hard work and practice, but it might also be attributed to Rowdy, the dog that has become the team’s mascot this season.
Rowdy is anything but, because she’s actually a ceramic statuette of a collie (I think), standing about a foot high and never making a sound. (If you think about it, that probably makes her the perfect mascot for a tennis team.)
Danville’s Jacob Reynolds said he and his girlfriend got Rowdy as a Christmas gift at a “dirty Santa” party. He began taking the dog to all sorts of places, and he decided to bring her to one of the first matches of the season. “Most of the time she rides in the front seat of my car,” Reynolds said, adding that other teammates and friends who ride with him have had to take a back seat to Rowdy.
Rowdy will be in Berea for this weekend’s boys regional, where area players should fare very well. Twelve of the 15 seeds in the singles and doubles brackets are from local schools, led by Phillip Carlisle of Mercer County in the singles draw and Daarik Gray and Kyle Chadwick of Mercer in doubles.
Nine of the 16 seeded entries in next weekend’s girls regional are local as well. Thanks to a realignment in tennis just a few years ago, six of the 15 schools in the 12th Region are from this area. Here’s the full list of seeded players:
1. Phillip Carlisle, Mercer County; 2. Chris Bright, Danville; 3.Jordan Denny, Garrard County; 4. David Theaker, Boyle County; 5. Josh King, McCreary Central; 6. Zeeshan Asif, Somerset; 7. Adam Stuart, Boyle County.
1. Chadwick-Gray, Mercer County; 2. C. Jeffries-K. Jeffries, Casey County; 3. Mojesky-Salinas, Danville; 4. Hacker-Padgett, Lincoln County; 5. Feldman-Ploskonka, Garrard County; 6. Teater-Kidd, Mercer County; 7. Kluesener-Harrison, Garrard County; 8. Super-Erp, Southwestern.
1. CeCe Witten, Boyle County; 2. Haley Hart, Lincoln County; 3. Amy Puerto, Southwestern; 4. Uta Stricker, McCreary Central; 5. Angela Dailey, Mercer County; 6. Brittany Stykes, Pulaski County; 7. Sydney Crawley, Lincoln County; 8. Whitney Epperson, Southwestern.
1. Ce. Clark-Ca. Clark, Wayne County; 2. McAfee-Baeker, Danville; 3. Ellis-Noland, Lincoln County; 4. Van Gilder-Al. Dailey, Mercer County; 5. Ponder-True, Casey County; 6. Overstreet-Emrich, Casey County; 7. Vaught-Meece, Pulaski County; 8. Eubank-Kingry, Russell County.
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Apologies to those who have been regularly looking for updates and finding none lately. Real life unfortunately rained on me for a while, and the updates had to go on the back burner while the storm passed.