NEW MARKET—Thursday’s county and Sagamore Conference rivalry came down to the no. 2 singles match.

Crawfordsville claimed the no. 1 singles match with Vladik Cegarra defeating Luke Cope 6-0 in both sets. Ryan Fry outshined Will Glancy 6-3, 6-2 in the no. 3 singles match. Southmont was able to win both of the doubles matches as the tandem of Jack Reimondo and Reese Long claimed the first match 6-3, 6-1. Clayton Berrisford and Ben Paddock was able to hold off Mitchell Karp and Josh Blackburn 6-1, 6-0. The intensity rose going into the pairing between the Mounties’ Patrick Scheidler and the Athenians’ Eddie Heinhold. Family members and teammates of both teams gathered around the north side of the gate to watch the action on the middle court.

“I told the guys that this was an emotional one for me and I wanted to see them pull out the win.” Athenian head coach Carrie Jones said.

Cegarra started off the afternoon with his matchup and appeared to have no worries about playing in his second match since joining the team.

“Yesterday was our first match with Vladik in the lineup and Josh in the lineup.” Jones said. “I’ve got really six guys who are consistent across the board—it’s figuring out who’s going to be good that day.”

Scheidler’s loss against Heinhold was the second opponent the junior has lost to this season. Ethan Dobbs bested Scheidler twice in the Western Boone Invitational on Aug. 27.

“We knew we would have close matches with (singles) no. 2 and no. 3.” Mounties head coach Nathan Poynter said. “I thought we played pretty tense.”

Poynter did not travel far from those matches as he spent majority of the competition standing next to his pickup truck.

“If you noticed, (the north courts) was where I spent most of the day.”

Southmont drops to 6-3 on the year and 1-2 in the SAC. The Athenians move to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.