CHS’s Sprouse bows out in District: Chillicothe freshman Taylor Sprouse ended her season in the Division I district tournament Friday at Hilliard Davidson.

Sprouse was trailing 4-1 in the first set of her opening match of the day against Ashwatha Thenappan of Dublin Coffman before rallying to win the next five games and the set, 6-4. She then closed out the match with a 6-3 victory in the second set.

She hit a buzzsaw in her second match of the day, going up against three-time state qualifier Ashley Thai from Hilliard Bradley and losing by a 6-1, 6-1 count.

“Ashley is a senior and seasoned high school player,” Chillicothe coach Janet Disbennett said. “She just played better than Taylor today, but Taylor had a great freshman year, finishing with a record of 20-3.”

Also Friday, Chillicothe’s girls’ tennis team cleaned up in the All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League awards announced by the league.

Chillicothe landed three players on the individual all-league team, starting with senior Parisa Bennett, who made the all-league team in each of her four years in the conference. Fellow senior Liann VanVolkinburg was named to the all-conference first team for the second time, and they were joined on the first team by Sprouse.

Portsmouth junior Ali Miller was picked as the league’s individual Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, and was the only member of the conference’s first team who does not play for Chillicothe.

In doubles play, senior Courtney Berry and junior doubles teammate Ellen Schmitt were named to the team.

To top it off, Chillicothe’s Janet Disbennett was named as the SEOAL Coach of the Year.

Chillicothe’s doubles team of Tiffany Noel and Amanda Mares also was named to the honorable mention list.

The Cavaliers finished their league season with a 5-0 record, and had one match — against second-place Portsmouth — canceled by weather.


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