By Matt Hill
Johnson County standout Timmy Bellamy looked to be cruising toward a region final berth, but then Griffin Leonard raised his game to another level.
The District 1-A/AA champion raced out to a 4-1 lead over the Greeneville High player, but Leonard rallied back to win 7-6 (6-3 in tiebreak), 6-1 in the Region 1-A/AA Semifinals.
It was a rough day for players in the Star’s coverage area, as no local players advanced past the first round.
Bellamy looked poised to reach his first region final and become only the second Longhorn in two decades to reach that plateau, and the first five games of the match were dominated by the senior.