The last young men from Hancock County left standing in the state tennis tournament finally fell Saturday in the Carmel Regional.
Mt. Vernon senior Bryce Bobb won his morning match over Kyle Hoeing of Rushville 7-5, 6-2, then lost in the championship to Nathan Zumbrun of Covenant Christian, 6-3, 6-1.
In the doubles competition, Greenfield-Central’s Max Holtzclaw and Jake Kauth straight-setted Batesville’s Nick Kirschner and Henry Luchow 6-4, 6-4. In the title match, Brebeuef’s Carlo Alviar and Seth Gochnauer defeated the G-C duo 6-0, 6-0.
Holtzclaw and Kauth, both juniors, finished their season 20-4.
“Beating Batesville was really big, because they got the best of us towards the end of the regular season and finished ahead of Max and Jake in the District 4 rankings last week,” G-C coach Jeff Sincroft said. “In the afternoon, Brebeuf was just too much for us. Their team finished the season ranked No. 5 in the state, and their doubles guys have a strong chance to compete for a state championship next weekend.
“Overall, this was a great experience for Max and Jake. They improved a lot throughout the season and achieved some things that put them in pretty select company. The best part is they are only juniors, so I think this will motivate them to get back to this level next fall.”
Bobb, the Marauders’ senior, completed his final prep season at 14-7, the third straight season he compiled 14 varsity wins.