Osage takes down Salem in first round of districts and Camdenton comes up short against Waynesville

Osage takes down Salem in first round of districts

So far, so good for School of the Osage.

The fourth-seeded Indians hosted No. 5 Salem in the first round of team districts on Monday and the home side is moving on in the Class 1 District 8 Tournament after topping the visitors 5-3.

“We are a really young team so to have a couple of my players be real successful here today on the first day of team districts is really exciting,” Osage coach Jeremy Anderson said.

“As a team, we are really playing pretty well.”

Osage took two of three matches in the doubles round as Logan Havner and Drew Elley won the top doubles match in a 9-8 tiebreaker while Tony Floyd and Ethan Kuscik fought for an 8-6 win to give the Indians an early lead. Josh Cooper and Chris Boyd came up short 8-3 in their doubles match, but the home team did not let it go in vain.

Havner was an 8-4 winner at the top of the lineup in singles play along with Elley (8-4), and Boyd (8-6) who was originally down 6-2 and won six straight sets to win his first career varsity match. Kuscik fell 8-3 and Cooper lost 8-4 while Floyd, who came into the contest on a five-game win streak, was up 6-1 and did not get to finish his match due to his teammates already sealing the win.

That was more than fine for Floyd, though.

“It was great seeing everyone working together and winning. It made me feel good about this tournaments and districts,” Floyd said.

Floyd is the only senior on the team and noted that he takes it upon himself to lead by example.

“I’m the only senior so it is kind of different, but I try my hardest and I want to give a good outlook on what tennis should look like to the underclassmen and make them want to look up to me and be like me,” he said.

Well, Floyd and Osage (3-9) get another opportunity to play together as a team. The Indians were scheduled to visit top-seeded Helias (10-0) on Wednesday in the semifinals with a trip to the championship game on Wednesday up for grabs. Should the Indians advance, Fulton (6-6) or Richland (6-3) will be the opponent.

“It is nice to start off this way and we know where we are going tomorrow,” Anderson said Monday night, referring to undefeated Helias. “We talked about that before this match. ‘Hey, let’s give it everything we got and go see what Helias has still got and see if we’ve improved.’ They put it on us our second match of the year so we’d just like to see improvement from that second match to tomorrow.

A loss would not mark the end of the season, either, as individual districts in singles play and doubles play will take place in Jefferson City on Saturday.

“We are not getting too far ahead of ourselves,” Anderson noted. “We are just going to go up, see what happens at Helias and go on from there.”

Camdenton comes up short against Waynesville

Camdenton was the fifth seed in the first round of the Class 2 District 10 Tournament and the Lakers fell to No. 4 Waynesville 5-3 in team district play.

Camdenton ends the season 4-12 and will now look to make a run in individual districts with singles play and doubles play on Saturday at Springfield Central.