Sports roundup: Conway tennis players advance to state

Conway’s boys and girls tennis teams each qualified one singles player and one doubles team for the upcoming 7A State Tournament at Burns Park in North Little Rock.

In the 7A Central tournament at Burns Park, senior Karthik Garimella finished in third place overall while the doubles team of senior Robbie Powell and junior Kristian Lenser finished fifth.

Sophomore Kortni Gifford finished sixth overall in girls singles to earn a spot in the state tournament. In doubles play, the team of freshmen Paten Denton and Andrea Moore also finished in the top six and also qualified.

“All of our kids have worked hard and improved over the year,” said Conway coach Jeff Gifford. “We have some players peaking at the right time and we’re excited about how they will do in the overall tournament. The 7A West is always strong but we think we can make some noise.”

The 7A state tournament will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16.

The second-day results:

Ruth Doyle Middle School recently lost seventh-grade football games to Cabot and Carl Stuart Middle School.

Cabot scored with 11 seconds remaining to take a 24-16 victory. Donald Jones and Darnell Washington scored on long runs for RDMS. Defensive standouts were Devin Clark, Chase Fisher, Matt Lloyd, Joah Gomez, Parker King, Hayden Jesperson, and Ryan Oscar.

CSMS won 22-6. Donald Jones scored for RDMS’ only touchdown. According to coach Tommy McMillan, good efforts were turned in by Deven Clark, Chase Fisher, Matt Lloyd, Aaron Reith, B.J. Jones, Tares Hunt, Skylar Teague, Jett Tolliver, and Jarrett Hoover.

Carl Stuart Middle School recently defeated North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and Bryant in a weekend seventh-grade jamboree.

Jackson Freeman, Braylon Jones, Andrew Hreha, and Joe Thomas all scored touchdowns. Garrett Fusilier and Braylon

Jones added two-point conversions. Players who also played well on offense were Thomas Robertson, Dawson Hanley, Winston Strawn, Steven Stewart, Wilson Gifford, and Logan White. The defense allowed no touchdowns. Players who played well on defense were Parker Gavazzi, Jordan Wicks, Cain Torian, Joe Thomas, Logan White, Will Kennedy, and Stuart Lowe.

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