Sirens signal Greenfield titles
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:02 am
Greenfield’s Kaylee Kesterson returns, while her doubles partner Kendal Cook watches.
Greenfield residents need not be alarmed.
No crime was committed on Monday evening at 7:15 when the sirens sounded in town.
Instead, it was a celebratory flashing of the blue lights in honor of Lady Yellowjacket tennis players Emily Allen, Kendal Cook and Kaylee Kesterson.
Allen — the lone returning top 5 seeded player from last year’s state tournament team — won the District 13A-AA Individuals Tournament championship, besting Camden’s Kristin Ragon in straight sets (6-0, 6-2).
Meanwhile, the freshman duo of Kesterson and Cook overcame the odds to hand Milan’s Mary Jo Stinson and Emmy Merritt their first defeat of the campaign in three sets (5-7, 6-4, 6-4) in the 13A-AA tandem finale.
“Emily had to assume a pretty big role this year and she’s played her heart out,” G’field co-tennis coach Teresa McCall said. “The doubles team had to, as well, as just freshmen.”
Allen, who had a bye in the first round, advanced to the 13A-AA title tilt with a straight-set win (6-3, 6-0) over Camden’s Halley Hays on Saturday. Kesterson and Cook got a free pass into the semis when their Huntingdon opponents had to forfeit due to illness.
In other action at the 13A-AA Tournament involving Lady Yellowjacet players, Greenfield No. 5 seed Callie Croom was beaten — 8-5 — by Jessica Cheeks in the opening round.
Another pair of Lady Yellowjacket freshmen — Lauren Rush and Ashton Pence — gave Stinson and Merritt a scare early, but ultimately fell 8-3.
The G’field girls will face Trenton for the Region 7A-AA team title this afternoon at Bethel.