Boone Allison will be making his second straight trip to the state tennis tournament next week, but this time it will be as a singles player.
Allison teamed with Wesley Farley to advance to the state meet in doubles last year. The Harlan junior, who was seeded third, will be going in singles this time after advancing to the semifinals in regional competition. He lost to Whitley County’s Chris Tan, who was seeded second.
“Boone is excited about returning to state next week,” said Harlan coach Mike Allison, who is also Boone’s father. “Last year, he and his partner won a match and then played well and lost to a very strong Ballard team. I think his experience at state tournament last year will help him this year.”
Harlan had a strong showing in the regional tournament, winning four out of five matches on Friday.
Brooklyn Massingill and Mareesa Ahmed earned a seventh seed in girls doubles and won a match against Bailey/Cook, of Harlan County, and then were beaten by Green/Bryant, of Laurel County.
Lala Zheng and Shianne Burgan won their first match against South Laurel’s Durant/Jackson and then were beaten by the two seed, Stevens/Morton, of Corbin.
Bobby Clark and Jimmy Zheng won one and then went down to the second seed, Middlesboro’s Lawson/Collins.
Tracy Pryor was defeated by Madison Bailey, of Harlan County, in the first round.
AnnMarie Bianchi lost to Tiffany Thomas, of Middlesboro.
Bitty Foster was edged in second round by Corbin’s Drew Beecham in a third set super tie-breaker by two points, 8-10.
Logan Murray-Trevor Pryor, of HHS, were probably the biggest surprise in the boys doubles as they came in unseeded and upset South Laurel’s Carnahan-Helton 6-1,4-6, 11-9 in the super tie-breaker and then pulled off another upset, this time against Middlesboro’s Nagle-Naylor, in even more dramatic fashion with two tie-breakers, 6-4, 6-7 (3) and 10-4.
“Coach (Chris) Thompson and I were more than pleased with this year’s matches, and although we lose super-athlete Brooklyn Massingill this year to graduation, everyone else has more HHS tennis ahead, and we had a really large and talented group of new players who joined us this year,” Allison said. “I think we all left the tournaments energized and ready to get stronger next year.”