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Clarkdale edges Loyd Star in South State

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star's Reid Butler makes a great save in mixed doubles tennis action against Clarksdale at the Brookhaven City Courts.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star’s Reid Butler makes a great save in mixed doubles tennis action against Clarksdale at the Brookhaven City Courts.

The Loyd Star Hornets netters suffered another heart breaking defeat in the Class 2A South State finals Tuesday as they fell to the Clarkdale Bulldogs 4-3 for the second year in-a-row in tennis action at the Brookhaven City Courts.

The Hornets and Bulldogs battled to a 3-all tie in the first six matches and all eyes were on the No. 2 boys’ doubles contest to see who would advance to the team state championship in Jackson on May 11.

The Hornet netters will still have several members competing for individual gold in the State Individual tournament on May 11 through May 13.

Participating in the tournament for Loyd Star will be Connor Crosby in boys’ singles, Ashlyn Locke in girls’ singles, Bryson Brister and Madisyn Brister in mixed doubles, Blayne Brister and Cole Moak in boys’ doubles and Caylee Grace Yarborough and Faith Bergeron in girls’ doubles.

Clarkdale 4, Loyd Star 3 

Boys Singles: Landon Gibson d Lee Thomas (LS) 6-0, 6-0. Girls Singles: Ashlyn Locke (LS) d. Allie Redmond 6-4, Forfeit. Girls No. 1 Doubles: Caylee Grace Yarborough-Faith Bergeron (LS) d. Hannah Thomas-Morgan Wakefield 6-0, 6-2. Girls No. 2 Doubles: Madisyn Brister-Jordan Shelby (LS) d. Camille Kennard-Leah Potate 6-3, 6-3. Boys No. 1 Doubles: Josh Davidson-David Thaggard d. Connor Crosby-Bryson Brister (LS) 7-5, 6-3. Boys No. 2 Doubles: Ethan Briggs-Joshua Redmond d. Cole Moak-Blayne Brister (LS) 7-3, 3-7, 6-3. Mixed Doubles:  Darcie Smith-Cooper Thaggard d Toni Banks-Reid Butler (LS) 6-3, 6-0.