Stars fall twice in BNL Invitational

BNL’s Cameron Gratzer teamed with Jayden Kemp for a win at No.1 doubles in the consolation round of the BNL Invitational.

BEDFORD – Bedford North Lawrence suffered two losses in its Invitational tournament during high school tennis action on Friday.

The Stars dropped a 4-1 decision to Bloomfield in the opening round, then fell to Madison 3-2 in the consolation round. Borden won the team title with victories over Madison (5-0) and Bloomfield (3-2).

BNL’s battle with the Cubs came down to No.1 singles, with Bryce Miller fighting off Carter Kimmel 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreaker), 7-5 (with a late service break) to decide the outcome.

“When Carter walked off the court at the end of the final deciding match, his teammates welcomed him to the team meeting with cheers, and applause,” BNL coach Chris Kurtz said. “That’s the story of the night for me, the whole season really. They appreciated what they had just seen, and wanted to be sure he knew it.

“These guys have faced adversity all season long (with two singles starters missing from the lineup), each day seems to bring something, and today was no different. But they haven’t complained or made excuses, they just go play. I’m so proud of all these guys.”

The Stars swept the doubles as Cameron Gratzer and Jayden Kemp conquered Matthew Burkhardt and Brodie Harsin 6-0, 6-0 at No.1, while Caleb Jones and Nate Pemberton topped Abe Reitz and Landon True 6-3, 6-4 at No.2.

In the opening round, Bloomfield swept the singles without dropping a game en route to the victory. BNL’s lone win came at No.2 doubles with Pemberton and Jones combining for a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Boone Holtsclaw and Kellen Luse.

The Stars (1-4) will host Columbus East on Monday.

BNL’s Jayden Kemp concentrates on a forehand return.

BNL Invitational

Bloomfield 4, BNL 1


1 Babylon Graf, Bl d. Carter Kimmel 6-0, 6-0

2 Ryan Schultz, Bl d. Isaac Bridges 6-0, 6-0

3 Travis Priest, Bl d. Gavin Baker 6-0, 6-0


1 Cole Skinner and Austin Hall, Bl d. Cameron Gratzer and Jayden Kemp 6-4, 6-4

2 Caleb Jones and Nate Pemberton, BNL d. Boone Holtsclaw and Kellen Luse 6-3, 6-3

Madison 3, BNL 2


1 Bryce Miller, M d. Carter Kimmel 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

2 Kain Fink, M d. Isaac Bridges 6-1, 6-1

3 Mitchell Cammich, M d. Gavin Baker 6-2, 6-0


1 Cameron Gratzer and Jayden Kemp, BNL d. Matthew Burkhardt and Bodie Harsin 6-0, 6-0

2 Caleb Jones and Nate Pemberton, BNL d. Abe Reitz and Landon True 6-3, 6-4