2017-03-15 / Sports

Tennis teams score big region wins

By David Stembridge


Sophomore Sarah Booth and freshman Kenzie Tobat compete in the region match against ARC last Tuesday. Sophomore Sarah Booth and freshman Kenzie Tobat compete in the region match against ARC last Tuesday. The Burke County Bears tennis teams played Academy of Richmond last Tuesday in a region match. Both the boys (7-1) and girls (6-2) teams won. The boys won 4-1 and the girls won 3-2.

Boys coach Lee Smoak said that ARC was a good region test for the team and the boys performed well as a whole.

“With just a couple more region matches (Baldwin and Thomson), I like our chances of finishing in the top two,” he said, adding that it gives them a good chance to perform well in the region tournament. “We’ve added a couple of tough nonregion matches (Davidson and Harlem) that should give us good preparation for the region tournament and state playoffs.”

Coach Smoak said that junior Christopher Egan has stepped up for the team in a big way by going against every team’s best player and that senior Jalen Johnson’s game is improving every match after an early-season injury. He says that freshman Aaron Baulos has been the model of consistency for the team and Smoak feels like he has found a home in that #3 singles spot. Junior Brett Wigley and senior Bradley Moore’s serving improved in the match against ARC, and Smoak say that more consistent serving combined with their net play will make them a legitimate threat in the post-season. He also added that freshman David Skinner and junior Nicky Nunez have started to play really well together.


Coach Smoak says that freshman David Skinner and junior Nicky Nunez are athletic enough to offer a clear advantage in most matches at the #2 doubles spot. Coach Smoak says that freshman David Skinner and junior Nicky Nunez are athletic enough to offer a clear advantage in most matches at the #2 doubles spot. Girls coach Laurie Dickey said that this was a great boost for all the players because ARC is one of their top competitors in the region.

She added that senior Aubrey Mallard fought a battle at the #1 singles spot, and that even though she lost her match, “she did a good job with keeping the rallies going. Her opponent was a very strong competitor, and Mallard didn’t let her win easily.”

Senior Grace Coalson continues to impress Dickey at #2 singles. Her first set went to a tiebreaker, which she won, and then quickly won the second set. While junior Avary Evans is still getting used to the #3 singles spot after moving from doubles, Dickey says she is continuing to grow and learn. In doubles, Dickey says both teams are showing much promise and are major assets. Senior Mackenzie Roberts and junior Karen Auvenshire are undefeated at #1 doubles, and Dickey says sophomore Sarah Booth and freshman Kenzie Tobat are starting to communicate more at #2 doubles and are getting more confident with each match.

Both the boys and girls teams traveled to Milledgeville for a region match against Baldwin on Tuesday, results were not available at press time. They will play at A.R. Johnson in Augusta on Thursday, March 16, at 4:15 p.m.

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