Photo by Lori PoteetThe Crawfordsville boys’ tennis team won the sectional Saturday, 4-1 over Southmont.
Photo by Lori Poteet

The Crawfordsville boys’ tennis team won the sectional Saturday, 4-1 over Southmont.
Crawfordsville's boys' tennis team spent Saturday morning in unfamiliar conditions.

It was cold and windy.

They spent Saturday afternoon in a more familiar position. They were the sectional champs.

It wasn't easy, but Crawfordsville (13-5) beat Southmont 4-1 to defend their sectional championship. They will now host the regional where they meet Greencastle Tuesday at 4:45 p.m.

"It was difficult to come in when we haven't seen much cold weather this season," Crawfordsville head coach Michael Demeter said. "It shows the mental toughness of the guys to come in and get the job done despite the condition."

Dane Baldwin cruised at No. 1 singles, but that was the only easy win for Crawfordsville.

They dropped No. 2 singles to Nathan Truncone in three sets and Juan Huesca looked to be headed to a third set at No. 3 singles until he dispatched Wyatt Waddell 7-5 in the second set.

Tanner Laughlin and Cameron Douglas had a tough first set, winning just 7-5, but cruised in the second 6-2, to earn the second team point after Baldwin.

Trey Barton and Reeve Hawkins traded 6-4 sets with Clayton Berrisford before the Athenians clinched it with a 7-5 third.

If the Athenians can beat the Tiger Cubs, they will likely meet Terre Haute North. The Patriots beat the Athenians 3-2 in the regular season finale.

"It's good to come out and win a tough match like this when we know the competition is going to continually improve," Demeter said. "You have to take the next round first. But we are definitely playing the best tennis I've seen from our guys since the sectional started."