2016-04-06 / Sports

Burke County netters bounce into region tournament

By David Stembridge


PHOTOS/ Junior Grace Coalson (3 singles) won for the girls against Davidson. PHOTOS/ Junior Grace Coalson (3 singles) won for the girls against Davidson. The Burke County Netters were in Augusta last Thursday competing against Davidson Fine Arts High School. The girls won 3-2 and the guys lost 2-3. The guys are 7-4 for the season and the girls 9-2. Both are 4-1 going into the region.

Wins on the girls side were by junior Grace Coalson (3 singles), and senior Abby Saxon and junior Trianna Cooper (1 doubles), and junior Mackenzie Long and sophomore Karen Auvenshine (2 doubles).

Head Girls Coach Laurie Dickey said that Coalson has really developed into a wonderful singles player and that Long and Auvenshine are becoming a great doubles team.“Coalson is very competitive and always tries her hardest in all of her matches. I love that she never gives up and gives it her all. With our 2 doubles team, they are working together and Mackenzie has really developed a lot of power this season. They are both great net players and easily put away shots to help finish off their matches quickly.”


Sophomores Sid Boothe and Brett Wigley in 2 doubles won their match against Davidson. Sophomores Sid Boothe and Brett Wigley in 2 doubles won their match against Davidson. Coach Dickey said that they are all playing at the level that is needed to do well in region. “I am really hopeful that we will finish strong in the tournament. All of the girls are very determined and that has helped really drive their performance this season, and I am proud of their commitment to the team."

Guys Head Coach Steven Cunningham said the guys lost 3-2 but their doubles teams did a great job. “Both of our wins came from the doubles. The great thing is that the doubles have been getting stronger as the season has gone on. We've got one more solid week of practice left. The Thursday we return from spring break, we will be heading to the region tournament.”

The two wins for the guys were by Senior Earl Burke and junior Bradley Moore in 1 doubles and sophomores Sid Boothe and Brett Wigley in 2 doubles.

The Burke County Netters compete in their region tournament in Savannah next Thursday.

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