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'Jays back on winning track

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

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Blake Branum
CHARLESTON -- After losing its first match of the season on Monday, Charleston's tennis team rebounded nicely on Tuesday afternoon, beating a talented Carbondale, Ill., squad 6-3.

The Bluejays saw big performances out of freshmen Blake Branum and Derek Hoppe as Charleston improved to 5-1 on the year.

"That was a big win for us," said Charleston coach Mitch Baker. "We still didn't play very well, but it's a good sign when you don't play well and still beat a good team. We played just well enough to win."

In varsity singles, Alec Peterson squeaked past Carbondale's Steven Yau 9-8 with a 9-7 tiebreaker. Kyle Kemp lost 5-8 to Carbondale's Larry Spears.

In the No. 3 spot, Branum won 8-6 over Carbondale's Michael Gross. Lee Hess lost 4-8 to Carbondale's Dough Scheffer, then Hoppe defeated Carbondale's Bryce Asler 8-4.

"I was proud of everybody, but really proud of the two freshmen," said Baker. "Branum and Hoppe are both playing really well. They both pulled out big wins for us today."

In the No. 6 spot, Jake Garrard won 8-5 over Carbondale's Mdran Kachgal.

In varsity doubles, Peterson and Kemp beat Spears and Gross. Branum and Hess lost 1-8 to Yau and Scheffer, then Hoppe and Garrard won 8-6 over Ailish Imada and Bernie Lee.

Charleston (5-1) will host Kennett on Thursday.

"We're playing hard, we just have to start cutting down on the mistakes," said Baker. "We're getting better, and that's all I can ask for."

JUNIOR HIGH TRACK

POPLAR BLUFF -- Sikeston's junior high track program split with Poplar Bluff on Tuesday. The Bulldogs won the ninth grade meet 71-58, but lost the seventh and eighth grade meet 93-33.

In the freshman meet, Travis Hudson took first place in the 100 with a time of 11.28. Kash Bratcher placed second in the event.

Sikeston's 4 x 200 relay team took first with a time of 1:40. The 4 x 100 relay team took first with a time of 47.88.

In the mile, Clay Lincoln finished in second place. Lincoln won the 800 with a time of 2:12. Trey Stone took second in the 400.

In the 200, Hudson took first, Marquette Goodwin placed second and Alonzo Simpson came in third. In the high jump, Scott Gardner took first place with a leap of 5-foot. Trevor Ahfield came in second and Stone took third.

In the long jump, B.J. Green took second and Gardner came in third. In the triple jump, Hudson took first with a leap of 38-7. Andre Goodwin came in third.

In the pole vault, Jordan Phoencie took first with a vault of 9-foot. Stone took second. It was the first junior high meet Sikeston has competed in this year.

In the seventh and eighth grade meet, Sikeston won the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 1:49. The Bulldogs also won the 4 x 100 relay at 51 seconds. Tommy Strong took second in the 100 meter dash and second in the long jump.

Justin Deere took second in the pole vault. Washington won the 200 meter with a time of 25.86. Sikeston's 4 x 400 relay team took second.

With the loss, Sikeston's seventh and eighth grade team drops to 0-2 on the season.