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Cubs, Warriors advance to semifinals


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Senior Logan Jones, Franklin's No. 1 singles player, recorded a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Indian Creek sophomore Ally Smith to lead the Grizzly Cubs to a 5-0 first-round victory in the Johnson County girls tennis tournament on Wednesday at Whiteland. With the win, Franklin will meet Center Grove in one of two semifinal matches on Saturday.
Steve Mcclure | Dailey Journal Senior Logan Jones, Franklin's No. 1 singles player, recorded a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Indian Creek sophomore Ally Smith to lead the Grizzly Cubs to a 5-0 first-round victory in the Johnson County girls tennis tournament on Wednesday at Whiteland. With the win, Franklin will meet Center Grove in one of two semifinal matches on Saturday.


Franklin and Whiteland beat their opponents and the weather Wednesday, taking less than an hour to win their quarterfinal matches in the Johnson County Girls Tennis Tournament at Whiteland.

Franklin defeated Indian Creek 4-0, getting wins from senior Logan Jones in No. 1 singles, junior Mary Huffline in No. 2 singles, freshman Zoie Piotrowski in No. 3 singles and the tandem of Kristen Conoley and Hannah Hook in No. 1 doubles.

The No. 2 doubles match between Franklin’s Emily Leonard and Nina Biasi and Indian Creek’s Raven Danz and Candace Danz was halted because of lightning with the Grizzly Cubs up a set.

For Jones, it is another step in a season that has been a learning experience. After playing exclusively as a doubles player in high school, she moved to the No. 1 singles position just before the season began.

Despite the late switch, the senior is settling into her new role as the featured singles player.

“It’s been a huge adjustment mentally and physically because I played doubles for the past few years and trained in the winter for doubles,” Jones said. “I felt a little more comfortable in doubles.

“Right now I’m still a little out of my element, and that’s been the biggest adjustment.”

Meanwhile, the host Warriors did not lose a single game in blanking Edinburgh 5-0. Madison Scott won at No. 1 singles, Emily Zietlow won at No. 2 singles and Laiken Gossett won in No. 3 singles.

The doubles teams of Becca Stanley and Ashton Newman, and Navdeep Kaur and Clair Stamper completed the shutout.

Whiteland plays top-seeded and defending county champion Greenwood, while Franklin faces Center Grove in Saturday’s semifinals. Play begins at 9 a.m. at Whiteland, with the finals to follow.

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