Sep. 14—DOVER — The annual contest between Western Boone and Greencastle is usually highly competitive, with neither team having a distinct advantage.
Monday evening was no different.
The Stars won the match 3-2, and are hoping it can give them some momentum heading into the final weeks of the season.
"We have had really good matches with them throughout the years, and they have won a couple sectional titles in recent years," Western Boone head coach Dustin Cunningham said. "It's nice to face a team that does things the right way and have good matches with."
Western Boone swept the two doubles matches.
At No. 1 doubles, the team of Wyatt Dickey and Garrett Prickett topped Jay Glotzbach and Eli Callahan 6-2, 6-2.
At No. 2 doubles, the team of Daniel Talbott and Andrew Petro defeated the Greencastle duo of Andrew Adams and Evan Harris 6-2, 6-3.
Cunningham said the effort was a carryover from the team's play at the Lebanon Invite on Saturday.
"We played some really good competition on Saturday," Cunningham said. "We had a really good match with Lebanon at No. 1 doubles, and beat Greenwood — who is a really solid program — at No. 2 doubles. I think the confidence we got from those matches carried over to today."
Greencastle won the match at No. 3 singles, with Jacob Carter topping Tyler Konz 6-0, 6-0.
Needing to win one of the other two singles spots, Western Boone got a straight set win from Gavin Hawkins at No. 1 singles, who defeated Holton Miller 6-3, 7-5.
Hawkins was down a break at 5-3 in the second set, but won the final four games in the set to clinch the match.
"He can build a lot on that win," Cunningham said. "He faced another senior and to gut it out and come back against another senior is just another testament to him. He tweaked on thing in that second set and got a little more patient and kept attacking. Once he made an adjustment, it made things easier for him."
At No. 2 singles, Greencastle's Eli Hardwick topped Brady Warmoth 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.
Western Boone hits the road twice the rest of the week, going to Rossville Tuesday and Southmont Thursday.
The Stars have five matches left before the sectional.
"We have to build some confidence here," Cunningham said. "We have gotten better with our consistency, but we still have swings within the match. Once we get ahead, we need to stay ahead, or if we get behind, we have to have the confidence to come back. Those are the things we really need to continue to strive for."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.