The Harlan High School tennis teams have faced the best of the best in the region during the season’s opening month, and coach Mike Allison is pleased with the way his young squad has competed.
“We only have one senior on either team,” Allison said. “We have a great group of new players who are learning incredibly fast. Many of our players started in the fifth grade. They are all great students and citizens, and I really enjoy coaching them.”
The Harlan boys are 2-5 and the Harlan girls are 2-4 as they have both faced the top three teams in the region in the opening four weeks of the season.
Harlan started the season with a 6-3 loss to the Whitley County girls. Shianne Burgan and Alli Thompson were winners in singles and Lala Zheng and Burgan won a doubles match. The boys lost 5-4 with singles wins by Trevor Pryor, Bobby Clark and Jimmy Zheng and a doubles win by Pryor and Logan Murray
The Harlan girls lost 5-4 to North Laurel with wins by Brooklyn Massingill, Shianne Burgan, Mareesa Ahmad in singles and a doubles win by Massingill-Ahmad. The boys lost 6-3 with singles wins by Logan Murray, Jimmy Zheng and a doubles victory by Bobby Clark/ Zheng.
The Harlan boys lost 7-2 to Corbin with wins by Boone Allison in singles and Allison-Logan Murray in doubles. The girls lost 2-1 with Tracy Pryor winning in singles
The Harlan boys won 9-0 against Pineville with Allison, Bitty Foster, Pryor, Murray, Clark and Zheng as singles winners. Allison- Foster, Thomas Morgan-Hunter Morgan and Andrew Simpson-Logan Taylor were doubles winners. The girls won 7-2 as Massingill, Zheng, Burgan, Ahmad and Adeline Allison won in singles and Massingill-Ahmad and Bethany Day-Alli Thompson won in doubles.