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Monday, April 9
Lady Bears Win Thier Opening Game Of The Season
The Shelbyville Lady Bears Tennis Team Opened The Season With A Convincing Win Over Triton Central 5-0 It Was Thier Season As Well Thier Home Opener. The Lady Bears Will Hope To Keep Thier Perfect Season Intact When They Travel To Take On Columbus East Tuesday Afternoon Start Time Is At 5 PM.
Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Rebecca Siluola Triton Central 6-2, 6-0
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Anna Belovir Triton Central 6-1, 6-1
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Michelle Gardner Triton Central 6-1, 6-0
1 Doubles Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville Def. Lindsay Crum & Brittany Miller Triton Central 6-4, 6-1
2 Doubles Marlena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville Def. Erin Miller & Cayla Woodcock Triton Central 6-1, 6-1
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Wednesday, April 11
Golden Bears off to strong start

Golden Bears off to strong start


Shelbyville senior Meghan Thornburg (left) hits a return shot into the net during the No. 1 doubles match Monday at Shelbyville High School. Thornburg and her partner, senior Paige Durphey, defeated Triton Central senior Lindsey Crum and junior Brittany Miller, 6-4, 6-1. (Jeff Brown photo)

Shelbyville sweeps Triton Central in tennis opener

By Jeff Brown
Sports editor
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:04 AM US/eastern
With three experienced singles players, Shelbyville's girls' tennis program will be competitive in most matches this season.

Collecting wins, though, would come easier with some help from its doubles teams.

On Monday, in the season opener for the Golden Bears and the Triton Central Tigers, Shelbyville coach Basem Shammas got a pair of solid performances from its doubles pairings.

The end result was a 5-0 victory over the visiting Tigers — a potential sectional opponent at the end of the season.


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"Not too bad for our first match," said Shammas, in his first season as head coach of the girls' program. "There were some jitters. The weather was terrible. But I'm pretty pleased."

While the temperature reached the mid-60s, wind gusts over 30 miles per hour often frustrated the players.

Jordan Wise, 15-7 at No. 2 singles last season, made a successful climb to the top spot this year with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Rebecca Silvola. It should be the first of many wins this season for the senior, according to Shammas.

"If she plays up to her potential, she will do very well," said Shammas. "She's smart. She has a good serve and good ground strokes. It's always hard playing the other team's best player but I have a good feeling about her."

In the other singles matches, Monica Cooper dispatched of Anna Belovic, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. And Maddie Clark defeated Michelle Gardner, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

One of Shammas' doubles teams, featuring two returning players, got off to a slow start. The other one, a pairing of two freshmen, cruised to victory.


Marena Drake and Christina Douglas made their varsity tennis debut a successful one with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Erin Miller and Cayla Woodcock.

While the pair has not played doubles before, they are products of the still new Shelbyville Middle School program which is starting to pay dividends at the high school level.

"The middle school program helps a lot," said Shammas. "I've never had the luxury before of getting players with two or three years experience. You don't have to start from scratch with them."

Still, Shammas knows Drake and Douglas are a work in progress as a doubles team.

"I am very pleased with them," he said. "Their ground strokes are very good. They still need some work on their volleys. They've played a lot of singles, so doubles is new to them.

"Their young. They're good friends. They get along very well. I love the way they play together."

Ahead of them are seniors Meghan Thornburg and Paige Durphey. They were 0-6 last year as both were shuttled through with different partners. Now the No. 1 doubles slot is theirs to keep.

On Monday, Triton Central's Lindsey Crum and Brittany Miller got out to an early lead on the Golden Bears, but Thornburg and Durphey rallied to win the first set and rolled through the second set for a 6-4, 6-1 win.

Now the Shelbyville seniors and freshmen have their first doubles wins. A few more could lead to a big season for Shelbyville.



Tuesday, April 10
Lady Golden Bears Lose To Columbus East
The Lady Bears Tennis Team Moved Thier Record To (1-1) After Losing To Columbus East 4-1 Tuesday Evening. The Bears Open HHC Play On Thursday When They Host Mt. Vernon Start Time Is At 5 PM.
Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Ashlee Hasson Columbus East Def. Jordan Wise Shelbyville 6-1, 6-1
2 Singles Megan Galle Columbus East Def. Monica Cooper Shelbyville 6-2, 6-1
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Risa Mineno Columbus East 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
1 Doubles Lauren Champion & Alexa Husman Columbus East Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-2, 6-4
2 Doubles Amanda Sun & Pooja Pandita Columbus East Def. Marlena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-3, 6-0


Thursday, April 12
Lady Bears Tennis Loses To Mt. Vernon

The Lady Golden Bears Tennis Team Moves Thier Record To (1-2 Overall & 0-1 In HHC Play) After Losing To Mt. Vernon 4-1 Thursday Evening. The Bears Will Be Back In Action On Saturday When They Host The Shelbyville Invitational Start Time Is At 9 AM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Clara Ruegsegger Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Def. Jordan Wise Shelbyville 6-0, 6-1
2 Singles Kelsi Tammen Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Def. Monica Cooper Shelbyville 6-2, 6-3
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Allie Shafer Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 6-2, 6-3
1 Doubles Caitlin Laughlin & Maddie Walrod Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-3, 7-6
2 Doubles Rachel Kammerrer & Ellen Wuerch Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Def. Marlena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-1, 6-1


Monday, April 16
Lady Bears Defeat Waldron

Th Lady Bears Tennis Team Moved Thier Record To (2-2 Overall & 0-1 In HHC Play) After Defeating Waldron 4-1 The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action Tuesday When They Travel To Take On Seymour Start Time Is At 5 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Lauren Harker Waldron 6-1, 6-0
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Lauren Suiter Waldron 6-0, 6-0
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Elaine Kneff Waldron 6-1, 6-0
1 Doubles Kelly Dalley & Leanna Harker Waldron Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-4, 6-4
2 Doubles Marlena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville Def. Jayna Scheaffer & Abby Braunagel Waldron 6-2, 6-0


Tuesday, April 17
Lady Bears Tennis Defeats Seymour

The Shelbyville Lady Bears Tennis Team Moves Thier Record To (3-2 Overall & 0-1 In HHC Play) After Defeating Seymour 3-2 Tuesday Evening. The Lady Bears Tennis Team Will Be Back In Action On Thursday When They Host Morristown Start Time Is At 4:15 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Sylvia Ashley Seymour 6-2, 7-6
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Marley Vehslage Seymour 7-6, 6-3
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Kennedy Richart Seymour 6-4, 6-2
1 Doubles Ally Brock & Emily Rudge Seymour Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-3, 6-4
2 Doubles Payton Warren & Karen Drringenburg Seymour Def. Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-3, 6-2


Thursday, April 19
Lady Bears Tennis Team Wins 3rd Game In A Row

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (4-2 Overall & 0-1 In HHC Play) After Defeating Morristown 4-1 Thursday Afternoon. The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action Friday Afternoon When They Travel To Pendleton Heights For An Important HHC Match Start Time Is At 5 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Sarah Albrecht Morristown 6-0, 6-2
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Brook Yarnell Morristown 6-0, 6-0
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Madison Smith Morristown 6-0, 6-2
1 Doubles Chelsea Platt & Briley Williams Morristown Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
2 Doubles Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville Def. Megan Battles & Amy Gregory Morristown 6-0, 6-0


Friday, April 20
Lady Bears Defeat Pendleton Heights

The Lady Bears Tennis Team Move Thier Record To (5-2 Overall & 1-1 In HHC Play) After Defeating Pendleton Heights 3-2 On Thier Way To A 4 Game Winning Streak. The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action Tuesday Afternoon When They Travel To Take On Batesville Start Time Is At 4:30 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Carly Wilson Pendleton Heights Def. Jordan Wise Shelbyville 6-2, 6-0
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Lauren Robertson Pendleton Heights 6-4, 0-6, 7-5
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Danielle Wright Pendleton Heights 7-5, 6-2
1 Doubles Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville Def. Courtney Sigler & Jackie Turner Pendleton Heights 6-3, 6-3
2 Doubles Megan Criswell & Megann Kramer Pendleton Heights Def. Marena Drake & bethany Ferguson Shelbyville 4-6, 7-6, 7-3


Tuesday, April 24
Lady Bears Tennis Defeats Batesville

The Lady Bears Tennis Team Moves Thier Record To (6-2 Overall & 1-1 In HHC Play) After Defeating Batesville 3-2 Tuesday. The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action Thursday Afternoon When They Travel To Beech Grove Start Time Is At 5 PM. The Lady Bears Are On A 5 Game Winning Streak.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Emily Helvie Batesville 6-1, 6-1
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Ali Meyer Batesville 6-4, 6-1
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Sarah Hoseus Batesville 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
1 Doubles Jordan Lowery & Maddie Giesting Batesville Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-2, 7-6
2 Doubles Ally Ritter & Kelli hartman Batesville Def. Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-0, 7-5


Thursday, April 26
The Lady Bears Winning Streak Continues

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (7-2 Overall & 1-1 In HHC Play) After Defeating Beech Grove 4-1 Thursday Extending Thier Winning Streak To 6 Games. The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action Saturday When They Travel To Whiteland For The Whiteland Invitational Start Time Is at 9 AM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Haley Bougher Beech Grove Def. Jordan Wise Shelbyville 6-3, 6-2
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Jamaica Hayden Beech Grove 6-0, 6-0
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Macy Williams Beech Grove 6-0, 6-0
1 Doubles Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville Def. Aeriel Skirnn & Claire Cathycart Beech Grove 6-1, 6-0
2 Doubles Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville Def. Mckenzie Davids & Maggie Koch Beech Grove 6-3, 6-4


Friday, May 4
Lady Bears Winning Streak Ends

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (7-3 Overall & 1-2 In HHC Play) After Losing To New Palestine 3-2 Friday Afternoon. The Bears Will Be Back I Action Tuesday Afternoon When They Travel To Take On Yorktown Start Time Is At 5 PM. Note: The Match Will Be Played At Mt. Vernon High School.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Tanya Khokhar New Palestine 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
2 Singles Jen Roberts New Palestine Def. Monica Cooper Shelbyville 6-1, 6-2
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Kylar Litteral New Palestine 6-2, 6-3
1 Doubles Emily Moeller & mMichaela Hurd New Palestine Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-1, 6-0
2 Doubles Bailey Ransburg & Abby Poole New Palestine Def. Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 7-6, 6-0


Tuesday, May 8
Lady Bears Lose To Yorktown

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (7-4 Overall & 1-3 In HHC Play) After Being Defeated By Yorktown 4-1 Tuesday Afternoon. The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action Thursday Afternoon When They Travel To Take On Franklin Start Time Is At 4:30 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Kati Vasalakis Yorktown Def. Jordan Wise Shelbyville 6-0, 6-0
2 Singles Michaela Mabee Yorktown Def. Monica Cooper Shelbyville 7-6, 6-4
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Paige Swan Yorktown 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
1 Doubles Sloane Matheny & B Smith Yorktown Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-1, 6-2
2 Doubles Shelby Parker & Kati Wolfert Yorktown Def. Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-1, 6-2


Thursday, May 10
Lady Bears Lose To Franklin

The Lady Bears Tennis Team Move Thier Record To (7-5 Overall & 1-3 In HHC Play) After Being Defeated By Franklin 3-2 Thursday Afternoon. The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action On Friday Afternoon When They Travel To Take on Greenfield-Central For An Important HHC Match Start Time Is At 5:30 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Hannah Hook Franklin Community Def. Jordan Wise Shelbyville 7-6, 7-6
2 Singles Mary Huffine Franklin Community Def. Monica Cooper Shelbyville 6-3, 6-4
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. ashlyn smith Franklin Community 6-0, 6-4
1 Doubles Abby Smith & Kayleigh Warner Franklin Community Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-0, 6-0
2 Doubles Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville Def. Luiza Ziyazetdinova & Megan St. Claire Franklin Community 6-4, 6-3


Friday, May 11
Lady Bears Lose To Greenfield-Central

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (7-6 Overall & 1-4 In HHC Play) After Losing To Greenfield-Central 4-1 Friday Afternoon The Bears Will Be Back In Action Saturday When They Travel To Pendleton Heights High School To Take On Delta. Start Time Is At 10 AM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Amelia Shephard Greenfield-Central 6-1, 6-1
2 Singles Taylor Titus Greenfield-Central Def. Monica Cooper Shelbyville 6-3, 7-5
3 Singles Ali Frazier Greenfield-Central Def. Maddie Clark Shelbyville 5-7, 7-6, 7-5
1 Doubles Lauren Brand Greenfield-Central Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-0, 6-2
2 Doubles Emma Morgan & Meg Summers Greenfield-Central Def. Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-3, 6-1


Sunday, May 13
Lady Bears Are On A 5 Game Losing Streak

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (7-7 Overall & 1-5 In HHC Play) After Losing To Delta 5-0 Saturday Morning. The Lady Bears Will Be Back In Action Monday Afternoon When They Host Rushville In The Final Game Of The Regular Season Start Time Is At 4:30 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Ashley Loffer Delta Def. Jordan Wise Shelbyville 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
2 Singles Madison Ashman Delta Def. Monica Cooper Shelbyville 6-0, 6-1
3 Singles Callie Worthington Delta Def. Maddie Clark Shelbyville 6-1, 6-0
1 Doubles Natalie Alexander & Marissa Morris Delta Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-1, 6-1
2 Doubles Teaghan Dishman & jenny Wegener Delta Def. Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-2, 6-0


Monday, May 14
Lady Bears Snap 5 Game Losing Streak

The Lady Golden Bears Tennis Team Finished The Season On A Posiitive Note Monday With A Win Over Rushville 3-1 That Moved Thier Record To (8-7 Overall & 2-5 In HHC Play). The Sectional Begins With Two Games Wednesday, Two Games Thursday, & The Sectional Championship Friday Start Time For All Matches Is 5 PM. Each Day.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Teresa Cain Rushville 6-0, 6-0
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Allison Wainwright Rushville 6-3, 7-5
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Catie Liggett Rushville 6-4, 6-4
1 Doubles Samantha Garner & Becca Brumfield Rushville Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-1, 6-2
2 Doubles Rosella Troyer & Jill Yager Rushville Def. Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville 6-4, 7-6


Tuesday, May 15
Shelbyville tennis sectional brackets

Shelbyville tennis sectional brackets



It's a county tournament for a sectional title in girls tennis at Shelbyville High School.

Quarterfinals
Wednesday, May 16
Southwestern vs Shelbyville, 5pm


Semifinals
Thursday, May 17
Morristown vs Triton Central, 5pm
Waldron vs Southwestern / Shelbyville winner, 5pm


Championship
Friday, May 18, 5pm


Wednesday, May 16
Lady Bears Defeats Southwestern To Open The Shelbyville Sectional

The Lady Golden Bears Move Thier Record To (9-7) After Defeating Southwestern 5-0 In The Opening Round Of The Shelbyville Sectional Wednesday Afternoon To Advance To The Sectional Semi-Finals Thursday Afternoon Morristown Will Play Triton Central & Shelbyville Will Play Waldron Start Time Is 5 PM. On Both Courts.

Individual Results:

#1 Singles Jordan Wise 6-1, 6-1

#2 Singles Monica Cooper 6-4, 63

#3 Singles Maddie Clark 6-1, 6-0

#1 Doubles Meghan Thornbug & Paige Durphy 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

#2 Doubles Marena Drake & Christina Douglas 6-1, 6-0



Thursday, May 17
Lady Bears Defeat Waldron

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (10-7) After Defeating Waldron 5-0 To Advance To Tomorrow Nights Championship Game They Will Face Morristown. Morristown Beat Triton Central 3-2.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Lauren Harker Waldron 6-0, 6-0
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Lauren Suiter Waldron 6-0, 6-0
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Elaine Kneff Waldron 6-0, 6-0
1 Doubles Kelly Dalley & Leanna Harker Waldron Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 7-5, 7-6
2 Doubles Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville Def. Jayna Scheaffer & Abby Braunagel Waldron 6-2, 6-0


Friday, May 18
Shelbyville rolls in tennis sectional opener
The Golden Bears won their season opener against a county foe, Triton Central, 5-0 in early April. Shelbyville also defeated Southwestern for a first-round sectional win Wednesday 5-0. TSN file photo

Coach says Spartans outmatched

By Paul Gable
Staff writer
Published: Friday, May 18, 2012 6:57 AM US/eastern








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Friday, May 18
Lady Bears Wins Shelbyville Sectional

The Lady Bears Move Thier Record To (11-7) After Defeating Morristown 4-1 To Win Thier Third Sectional Championship Friday. They Now Advance To Take On Greenwood In The Regional Semi-Finals At Center Grove High School Tuesday Afternoon Start Time Is At 4:30 PM.

Individual Match Results
Tennis (Girls) Match Results
Results
1 Singles Jordan Wise Shelbyville Def. Sarah Albrecht Morristown 6-1, 6-3
2 Singles Monica Cooper Shelbyville Def. Brook Yarnell Morristown 6-1, 6-0
3 Singles Maddie Clark Shelbyville Def. Madison Smith Morristown 6-0, 6-0
1 Doubles Chelsea Platt & Briley Williams Morristown Def. Meghan Thornburg & Paige Durphey Shelbyville 6-3, 6-2
2 Doubles Marena Drake & Christina Douglas Shelbyville Def. Megan Battles & Amy Gregory Morristown 6-0, 6-7, 6-3


Saturday, May 19
Shelbyville, Morristown advance in sectional tourney
By Paul Gable
Staff writer
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012 6:57 AM US/eastern
Over the last few years, the Waldron High School girls’ tennis team had given head coach Jim Bramlett much to smile about.

Despite a loss Thursday to Shelbyville in the sectional semifinals, the veteran coach was still able to smile after watching the Lady Mohawks fall 4-1 in his final match as coach.

“We wanted to play our best, and I feel like we did that. We knew it would be very tough against a very good Shelbyville team. The future is very bright for Waldron,” Bramlett said.

With the win, Shelbyville advanced to the championship against Morristown, which defeated Triton Central for the third time this season by a score of 3-2.


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The Lady Golden Bears surrendered only one game in three singles matches.

At No. 1 singles, Jordan Wise cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win, while Monica Cooper earned a 6-1, 6-0 win over Elaine Knepp at No. 2 singles. Maddie Clark continued her impressive season with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Taylor Woods at No. 3 singles.

Shelbyville’s other win came at No. 2 doubles as Marena Drake and Christina Douglas earned a 6-2, 6-0 win.

Waldron was able to pick up a win as Leanna Harker and Kelly Dalley posted a 7-6 (0), 7-5 win over Meghan Thornburg and Paige Durphey.

With the win, Harker and Dalley advance into the state doubles tournament beginning next week at Center Grove.

“I am very proud of Elaine. While she lost, she stayed in the points and improved a whole bunch since the beginning of the season. I was very pleased with our No. 1 doubles team,” Bramlett said.


Triton Central got a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles from Michelle Gardner, while Rebecca Silvola earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Brooke Yarnell at No. 2 singles.

Morristown’s doubles play proved to be too much for Triton Central to overcome, as the Lady Yellow Jackets gave up just four games in two matches.

The No. 1 doubles duo of Briley Williams and Chelsea Platt defeated Lindsay Crum and Brittany Miller 6-1, 6-0, while Megan Battles and Amy Gregory defeated Erin Miller and Cayla Woodcock 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Morristown’s third win came at No. 1 singles as Sarah Albrecht defeated Anna Belovic 6-1, 6-2.



Saturday, May 19
Ecker leaving Shelbyville to become New Castle AD
Shelbyville High School assistant athletic director Brandon Ecker delivers the Golden Bear Invitational championship trophy to the Beech Grove softball team last Saturday. Two days later, Ecker was named the new athletic director at New Castle High School. (Jeff Brown photo)
By Jeff Brown
Sports editor
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012 6:57 AM US/eastern
For the last four years, Brandon Ecker has learned the ins and outs of a high school athletic department while serving as assistant athletic director at Shelbyville High School.

On Monday, Ecker was handed the reins of one of the most well-known prep athletic departments in the state. Ecker, a 2000 Centerville graduate, was named the new athletic director at New Castle High School, replacing Mike Bergum, who is leaving to become the athletic director at Earlham College in Richmond.

“I knew my chance would come. I feel like I have the ability to do this job,” said Ecker. “I just didn’t know it would come at such a prestigious program. I didn’t think this would be my first chance. I am definitely excited to get it.”

Ecker played tennis and wrestled while at Centerville, where his father, Randy, is the longtime tennis coach. Ecker played tennis at Huntington College and is currently working on his master’s degree in Athletic Administration.


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Ecker believes his educational background, his experience working at Shelbyville and his youth and enthusiasm helped him obtain the job.

“At New Castle, they have a long tradition of stability,” said Ecker, who will turn 30 on June 3. “They were looking for someone young and energetic. I think I fit that bill.”

Bergum, who was the New Castle athletic director for 16 years, begins his duties at Earlham on June 1. Ecker will finish his spring sports duties at Shelbyville while, at the same time, transitioning to his new position at New Castle – home of the world’s largest high school gymnasium.

“It’s a big place. There is a lot of tradition,” said Ecker. “I want to make sure I uphold the traditions they have while trying to bring them forward into 2012. I think the biggest thing is learning the New Castle tradition. There are so many unknowns. I have so many questions right now for Mike Bergum and his athletic secretary.”

Ecker is thankful for his time at Shelbyville and will always consider himself part of the Golden Bear family.

“I’ve been here four years but it feels like one. It’s gone by quick,” said Ecker. “I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve worked with an amazing staff. I’ve gotten training from one of the better athletic directors in the state of Indiana in Paul Heidenreich. I feel like that will pay dividends for me in the future.”


Monday, May 21
Lady Golden Bears earn sectional crown
The Shelbyville Golden Bears defeated Morristown on Friday to win their third-straight girls’ tennis sectional championship. The Golden Bears face 17th-ranked Greenwood on Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Center Grove Regional. (Warren Robison photo)
By Paul Gable
Staff writer
Published: Monday, May 21, 2012 7:08 AM US/eastern
Fulfilled.

That is how the Shelbyville High School girls’ tennis team and coach Basem Shammas felt after thumping Morristown 4-1 Friday in the sectional championship tilt played at Shelbyville.

With the win, the Lady Golden Bears (11-7) advance to the regional tournament Tuesday, where they will play 17th-ranked Greenwood (16-2) at 4:30 p.m. at Center Grove. The Lady Woodmen captured their first sectional crown since 2004, defeating Whiteland 4-1.

The other regionals semifinal features 16th-ranked Roncalli (19-1) against Southport (5-13).


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“I am happy for them. Winning a sectional championship is always a huge accomplishment and something that they can say they did. We have played well all season, and I was proud with how the girls came out focused and it showed in their scores,” Shammas said.

Did it ever, as the Lady Golden Bears surrendered only five games in three singles matches.

At No. 1 singles, Shelbyville’s Jordan Wise posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Sarah Albrecht.

Monica Cooper earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles over Brooke Yarnell.

Maddie Clark earned a 6-0 6-0 win at No. 3 singles over Madison Smith.

While his singles players were dominant, Shammas acknowledged he was not surprised.


“No. Our singles players have played well all season, especially against the top teams. They have played solid,” Shammas said.

Morristown’s lone win came at No. 1 doubles as Briley Williams and Chelsea Platt earned a 6-4, 6-3 win to advance to the sectional doubles tournament that begins at Center Grove on Tuesday. The Morristown pair are 14-3 this season.

Williams and Platt will be joined at the sectional by Waldron’s Kelly Dalley and Leanna Harker (7-3), who won their lone sectional match Thursday against Shelbyville.

Shelbyville’s No. 2 doubles team of Marena Drake and Christina Douglas held off Morristown’s Megan Battles and Amy Gregory 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3.

With the sectional trophy in its grasp, Shelbyville will now look to compete with a top Greenwood team.

“They have a very good No. 1 and No. 2. We will enjoy it and do our best. We’ll see what we can do. I told the girls it will be a learning experience for us, but the thing is, we have nothing to lose,” Shammas said.


Tuesday, May 22
Lady Bears Bow Out Of Tournament
The Shelbyville Lady Tennis Team Finish The Season With A Record At (11-8) After Losing To 17th Ranked Greenwood 5-0 In The Regional Semi-Finals At Center Grove High School. Good Luck On A Great Season. The Seniors Jordan Wise, Bethany Ferguson, Paige Durphey, & Megan Thornburg Will Be Missed Next Year. Good Luck In Everything You Don't Forget You All Are My Very Best Of Friends Forever!!!!! Have A Great Summer & I Will Be Back Next Year....

Thursday, May 24
Greenwood ends Shelbyville’s tennis season

Waldron’s No. 1 doubles team advances

By Paul Gable
Staff writer
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:06 AM US/eastern
GREENWOOD — Nothing to lose.

That was the mindset of the Shelbyville High School girls’ tennis team Tuesday in the Center Grove Regional.

And while the scoreboard may have read that the Lady Golden Bears suffered a season ending 5-0 setback against 17th-ranked Greenwood (17-2), head coach Basem Shammas said the score is not a true indicator.

“We had a good season, a good record and we won a sectional championship. I am proud of the girls. We competed. I was a little worried we would be overwhelmed against a very good team, but we battled,” Shammas said.


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Greenwood faces 16th-ranked Roncalli (20-1) – a 4-1 winner over Southport in the other semifinal Tuesday.

The Lady Woodmen dropped just seven games in five matches to the Lady Golden Bears (11-8), and only three games in the three singles contests.

Greenwood No. 1 singles player Jackie Kawamoto wasted little time dispatching Shelbyville’s Jordan Wise, earning a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Jade Kawamoto earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles over Monica Cooper, and Greenwood’s Makenzie Estrem earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Maddie Clark.

The No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Hundall and Mattie White upended Shelbyville’s Paige Durphey and Meghan Thornburg, 6-1, 6-0.

Greenwood’s No. 2 doubles team of Brittany Toney and Allison Youngman defeated Christina Douglas and Marena Drake, 6-2, 6-1.


“We are a young team, and I hope this serves as a learning experience and that we can raise our level of play to theirs. It all depends on what we do this summer. We will have to come out and work,” Shammas said.

Dalley, Harker advance

After earning a hard-fought three-set win recently over Morristown’s top doubles tandem, Waldron’s No. 1 doubles team of Kelly Dalley and Leanna Harker got the win that mattered most.

On Tuesday in the IHSAA Doubles Sectional Tournament, the Lady Mohawks duo knocked off Morristown’s No. 1 doubles team of Chelsea Platt and Briley Williams, 6-3, 6-4 in a match played at Shelbyville High School.

With the win, Waldron advanced to a Wednesday match at Center Grove.

“I was shocked. I am very proud of the girls, they went 14-4 but today was not our day. They have nothing to hold their heads down about,” Morristown coach Pat Kohne said.

With the win, Harker and Dalley advanced to 8-4 on the year and coach Jim Bramlett’s final season continues.

“I am proud. We won in three sets the last time we played them and we talked about strategy. Both Kelly and Leanna played very well and up to their potential. We got some momentum early. Morristown is a very good team, and tonight, it was our night. I thought they would be very good this year,” Bramlett said.