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Triton Central captures first tennis sectional title since 2016

Triton Central closed out a dominant run through the Shelbyville Tennis Sectional Friday with a 5-0 victory over Waldron.

The Tigers, now 17-6, advance to Tuesday’s regional at Center Grove to face Franklin Central. The other semifinal features No. 11 Center Grove against Perry Meridian.

The Tigers lost a total of eight games in winning both doubles matches Friday and the No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles matches then watched Alex Crouse take a three-set victory over Lucas Shaw to start the celebration.

Crouse closed out the No. 1 singles match with a 7-6, 1-6, 6-2 win to improve to 12-8 this season.

Tucker Hutchinson pushed his No. 2 singles record to 16-4 with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Jack Fischer.

Ashton Sturm did not start the season in the varsity lineup but once he moved into the No. 3 singles position, he won 10 of 13 matches. Sturm bested Josh Kellems, 6-3, 6-2.

Triton Central’s two doubles teams have matched each other win for win all season.

On Friday, Quintin Potts and Avram Rund moved to 17-5 at No. 1 doubles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Max Jones and Jacob Lindsey.

Griffin Sego and Oliver Gearlds also improved to 17-5 at No. 2 doubles with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Bryant Becker and Matthew Thomas.

The sectional championship was the sixth overall for the Triton Central program – and first since 2016.

Franklin Central defeated Roncalli, 3-2, to capture its 14th sectional title and first since 2016.

Perry Meridian rolled past Decatur Central, 5-0, to win its fourth straight sectional title and 32nd overall.

Center Grove captured its fifth-straight sectional title with a 5-0 victory over Whiteland. The Trojans have won 34 sectional titles overall.