Graves duo 'gopher' quarters at state tennis

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

Graves County's Brady Ellegood, shown from a regular season match earlier this year, and doubles partner Isaac Carrico have advanced to today's Sweet 16 at the KHSAA State Tennis Championships after their first two wins on Thursday.

LEXINGTON -- Fancy Farm may be known more for its pork and politics, but Graves County's doubles team of Isaac Carrico and Brady Ellegood are giving the north Graves County community quite a reputation when it comes to tennis.

The two Fancy Farm products are playing in today's Sweet 16 at the KHSAA State Tennis Championships. Carrico and Ellegood, seeded ninth in the boys' doubles tournament, rolled through their first two rounds Thursday.

Winners of the First Region Boys' Doubles championship, the Eagles won their opening match in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) against Estill County's Andrew Chaney and Logan Napier. They then faced Elizabethtown's Jared Towell and Suleman Khan, and moved past them (6-3, 7-5).

Carrico and Ellegood will next face No. 2 seed Justin Lee and Ben Rueff from Louisville Trinity. Lee and Rueff won their first two matches (6-0, 6-0; 6-1, 6-0).

Their match is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. CST at the University of Kentucky.

Mayfield's Megan and Molly Null also won (6-1, 6-0) over Izzy McDowell and Sydney Melton of Campbell County in their opener. The Nulls moved on to face ninth-seeded Lilah Shallroos and Jenny Stekardis of North Oldham Thursday afternoon.

In the second round, the Lady Cardinals lost (6-0, 6-4).

The Cardinals' boys' team of Tate Puckett and Kobe Morris, the regional runner-up in boys' doubles, fell in their opening bid (6-1, 6-0) to ninth seed team of Landon Gann and Parker Young of Greenwood.

Also, singles senior Jaron Hale of Graves County lost in his inaugural trip to the KHSAA tournament. Hale, the First Region singles runner-up, lost (6-4, 6-2) to Glasgow's Nick Marosa in the early match Thursday.