NETTERS BEGIN SEASON AT HOME
The Burke County Bears tennis teams started their season last week, hosting Metter on Tuesday and Jefferson County on Thursday. On Tuesday, the girls lost with a score of 2-3 and the guys won, 5-0. Thursday against Jefferson, the girls won with a score of 4-1 and guys won again, 5-0.
Coach Laurie Dickey said that the season has gotten off to a great start for the guys team.
“They had a lot of new talent tryout this year and have many returning players,” Coach Dickey said. “Freshman newcomer Aaron Baulos (1 singles) has been a great asset to the singles side of our team. David Skinner, who is also starting in his first year, has shown a lot of strength for doubles. We still have Chris Egan, Brad Moore and Brett Wigley returning and adding strength to the lineup. Jalen Johnson has been out with an injury, but we are ready for him to get back on the court soon.”
“I am proud of how they all want to work together and do what’s best for the team. There are a lot who are new to the sport, but are showing progress,” Dickey said. “This is Sarah Boothe’s first year starting as a singles player (3 singles), and I am so proud of the effort she has given so far. Grace Coalson (2 singles) did a fantastic job coming from behind in her match Tuesday to secure a win for our team and beat her opponent handily Thursday. Mackenzie Long and Karen Auvenshine (1 doubles) are showing a lot of determination so far and have won both of their matches as well.”
Coach Dickey went on to say that it’s good to have some matches under their belts so the players are aware of the areas that need improvement. “This will help during practice as we work to strategize and develop their game moving forward into the season,” she said.
Both the boys and girls teams had home matches against Grovetown yesterday (Tuesday), but results were not available at press time. The Bears play away at Harlem today (Wednesday) beginning at 4 p.m.