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Logan boys win regional tennis championship


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LOGAN The Logan boys avenged their Cardinal Conference loss to Winfield last week by taking home the regional championship and knocking off Winfield 25-21 in overall match wins, and took home five of the seven titles, with Winfield winning the other two.


Logan Head Coach Justin Turner said he is proud of his team’s hard work, and that they are ready for the state tournament.


“Our boys' team has and continues to work extremely hard,” Turner said. “That dedication and hard work were proven Friday in the most competitive region in the state. Our team was focused and will remain this way through the state tournament.”


In No. 1 doubles Logan’s Jackson Akers and Riley Reed knocked off Sherman 8-0 and Chapmanville’s Colson Vance and Ethan Smith 8-4 to face Ravenswood for the title, and Akers and Reed bullied their way to an 8-3 win to go into states as one of the top teams.


In No. 2 doubles, the team of Sam Adkins and Tristan Burgess of Logan blew past Man and Point Pleasant with 8-1 and 8-2 wins to face Winfield in the finals. After falling to the Generals in the conference finals last week, Logan flipped the result this time around with an 8-5 victory to win the region.


In No. 3 doubles, Will Stanley and Scotty Browning for Logan got by St. Joe 8-0, before grinding out a tough 8-6 win over Winfield in the semis. In the finals, Stanley and Browning would defeat Ravenswood 8-4 to take the only spot in the state tournament out of this division.


In No. 1 singles, Akers of Logan qualified for the state tournament with an 8-1 win over Point Pleasant. The semifinals and finals saw incredible tennis from the remaining four players, as Ravenswood would defeat St. Joe 9-8 (7-4), Winfield would edge out Akers 9-8 (7-4), and in the finals, Winfield would knock off Ravenswood 9-8 (7-3) to claim the championship.


In No. 2 singles, Logan’s Reed would eliminate Sherman 8-0, and hold off Ravenswood 8-5 in the semis before facing Winfield in the finals. Reed had fallen all three times against the undefeated Will Rice of Winfield, but this time the story was different, as Reed was able to blast his way to an 8-5 victory for Logan.


In No. 3 singles, Logan’s Adkins pummeled Sherman and Point Pleasant 8-0 to qualify for the state tournament, and faced Winfield in the finals, whom he had also lost to at the conference tournament a week earlier. Adkins was able to turn things around and win the title 8-5.


In No. 4 singles, Stanley of Logan knocked off St. Joe 8-1, and Chapmanville’s Chase Bumgarner 8-2 in the semifinals, but came up one match shy of the state tournament, as he fell in a tight final to Winfield 8-6.


The AA/A state tournament will be held Thursday-Saturday this week at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex with play beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.


“We are set to complete our final goal of becoming state champions. Something on the boys’ side that has not happened since 2003. I believe we are ready to compete,” Turner said. “Seniors Jackson Akers, Sam Adkins, Will Stanley, and newcomer Tristan Burgess along with juniors Riley Reed and Scotty Browning played an awesome regional tournament and we are looking for even better things once we take the courts in Charleston this week.”

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