When Noah Bushong takes the court on Saturday, he’ll be making history for the Noblesville Boys’ Tennis program; ending the program’s 31-year absence from the IHSAA Boys Tennis Individual State Tournament’s regional round.
Last week, Bushong became just the second Miller in the program’s history to win a sectional and advance to the regional round of the Individual State Tournament.
Players may enter the singles state tournament if they play #1 Singles, are undefeated in tournament play, and whose team was eliminated from the team tennis tournament.
Bushong first entered the individual tournament as a result of winning his #1 Singles match against Reese Knoderer of Fishers during Noblesville’s 4 – 1 loss to Fishers in the team sectional. He then navigated his way to three victories last week at North Central to win his sectional and advance to the regional.
Prior to Bushong, three Millers had combined for four appearances in the IHSAA Boys Tennis Individual State Tournament: sophomore Brian Cook in 1981, senior Jason Henderson in 1989, and Jason Richey as a junior in 1991 and again as a senior in 1992. Only Henderson’s appearance had resulted in winning an individual sectional.
This Saturday, Bushong wipes the slate clean and will also attempt to become the first Miller to win a regional title. He’ll match up against Kush Anand of Fort Wayne Canterbury in the 10:00 a.m. semi-final match of the Kokomo Regional. It won’t be easy for Bushong as the Canterbury sophomore brings an impressive 18 – 1 record into the regional. The winner will advance to the 2:00 p.m. Regional Championship Match.
2020 IHSAA Boys Tennis Individual State Tournament – Regional
Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.
Time: Morning session at 10 am; Afternoon session at 2 pm.
Note: For each player(s) listed below, the first record indicates regular season, the second indicates state tournament. Add both for overall season record.
Match 1: Ben Vincent (12) NorthWood (18-2; 4-0) vs. Charles Behrman (10) Muncie Burris (X-X; X-X)
Match 2: Noah Bushong (11) Noblesville (14-7; 4-0) vs. Kush Anand (10) Fort Wayne Canterbury (18-1; 4-0)
Championship: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner.
Millers in the Individual Boys’ Tennis State Tournament
1981 SECTIONAL AT NORTH CENTRAL
Skip Watson (Northwestern) defeated Brian Cook (10) [Noblesville] 6-0, 6-0.
1989 SECTIONAL AT NORTH CENTRAL
Jason Henderson (12) [Noblesville] defeated Craig Nicley (Lebanon) 6-3, 6-2.
1989 REGIONAL AT NORTH CENTRAL
Jason Henderson (12) [Noblesville] defeated Chris Myers (Crawfordsville) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Andy Poore (HSE) defeated Jason Henderson (12) [Noblesville] 6-1, 6-3.
1991 SECTIONAL AT NORTH CENTRAL
Jason Richey (11) [Noblesville] defeated Matt Confer (HSE) 6-0, 6-1.
Tim Musenberg (Cathedral) defeated Jason Richey (11) [Noblesville] 6-4, 6-2.
1992 SECTIONAL AT NORTH CENTRAL
Jason Richey (12) [Noblesville] defeated Daniel Berard (Greenfield-Central) 6-0 6-0.
Jason Richey (12) [Noblesville] defeated Greg McDaniel (Cathedral) 7-6, 6-1.
Scott Cobb (Carmel) defeated Jason Richey (12) [Noblesville] 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
2020 SECTIONAL AT NORTH CENTRAL
Noah Bushong (11) [Noblesville] defeated Ezra Schwier (New Palestine) 6-0, 6-0.
Noah Bushong (11) [Noblesville] defeated Kodey Huff (Eastern Hancock) 6-0, 6-1
Noah Bushong (11) [Noblesville] defeated Kyle Manner (Lawrence North) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.