By Greg AdelsonThe North Oldham boy’s tennis team competed in the KHSAA State Tournament last week and finished their season ranked 5th in the state, marking the team’s first ever top 5 finish!
The state participants were singles players, Eli Wood and Coleman Masters, as well as the doubles team of Grant Adelson and Jordan Henley.
In the KHSAA State Tournament, each individual match win counts as one point towards the team’s final ranking.
In singles, Coleman Masters won his first match 6-1, 6-0 but he lost his second match to the #4 seed and semi-finalist from Manual HS. Eli Wood won his first two matches 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-1. He lost his round of 16 match to the #9 seed from Ballard HS.
As freshman, both players had a terrific year and will be key contributors for the next few years. Wood and Masters were named to the all All-Area Louisville tennis team this year.
In doubles, Grant Adelson and Jordan Henley rolled through the first two rounds winning 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1. In the round of 16, the duo beat the #9 seed 6-0, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals and face the #3 seed from ST Xavier. The St Xavier team won the tightly contested, 2.5-hour match 7-6, 6-3.
Junior Jordan Henley returns next season with a top 16 and top 8 doubles finish on his resume to date. Henley was named to the All-Area Louisville tennis team this year.
Senior Grant Adelson finishes his North Oldham career as the first boy’s player in school history to make the KHSAA state four consecutive years. He reached top 16 and top 8 doubles finishes with Henley in the two years they played together. Adelson was named to the All-Area Louisville team as a Sophomore and again this year. This season, he was also named to the KHSTCA All-State team.