BCHS Bears and Lady Bears both earned the opportunity to play in the first round of the state playoffs, starting Wednesday, April 20 at the Burke County Recreation Department. They faced off against Sumter County High School out of Americus.
The girls started their match at 9 a.m. and were unfortunately swept 0-3.
The boys’ matches were much more competitive. While the team lost 2-3, players like Ethan Coalson and Ryan Morris were able to win each of their matches with ease. Coalson won his sets 6-2 and 6-4 respectively. Likewise, Morris dominated, winning 6-1 and 6-2.
After losing the last singles match and the first doubles match, the fate of the boys’ season rested in the hands of Jacob Curtis and Shane Davis, who both played well. Each had impressive ground strokes and volleys that sparked the pair. After tying sets at two a piece, however, the Sumter County boys were able to win 3-2, advancing them to the second round.
It was unfortunate to see such a promising season come to an end, but head coaches Daniel Hance and Laurie Dickey reflected on their 2022 season saying, “We are very proud of both the boys and girls teams.” Acknowledging the hard work and daily practices, they said, “They played hard all season. Seasons like this always land hardest on the seniors. To Bears seniors Kyleigh Egan, Josalyn Roberts, Arlesia Davis, Ethan Mooneyham, Jacob Curtis, Keegan McDonald, and Shane Davis, we wish you the best and will miss you next year.”