High School Tennis

Rand, Estes pay tribute to fathers with wins

Newnan tennis players Stewart Rand and Rob Estes paid tribute to their fathers on Thursday while earning victories in a Region 3-AAAAAA shutout over visiting Tri-Cities.

A 5-0 shutout over the Bulldogs came as Newnan’s program hosted its annual Cougars For a Cure fundraiser for cancer research.

Rand’ father, Chris, passed away while fighting the disease and Estes’ dad, Rob, is currently battling brain cancer.

Moving from his usual starting spot at No. 1 doubles to the Cougars’ top singles position, Rand earned a 8-0 shutout among a pair of contested lines against Tri-Cities, which forfeited at No. 2 and No. 3 singles as well as No 2 doubles.

Estes and partner Thomas Touchstone combined for an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles.

Newnan’s girls also shut out Tri-Cities 5-0 while winning all three contested matches.

The win kept both teams undefeated in 3-AAAAAA play heading into the final two region matches of the season against Westlake and East Coweta, the latter set for for April 1.

On Thursday, Lindley Hudson got a chance to play No. 1 singles, earning a 8-0 victory.

Both Ellie Waters, at No. 2 singles, and the Lady Cougars’ No. 1 doubles team of Claire Hanna and Katie Miller earned 8-1 decisions.

Note: A story in Wednesday’s edition should have properly credited Cougars’ No. 1 singles player William Ballou with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Northgate’s Larry Sloan.

NORTHGATE WRAPS UP BUSY WEEK WITH SWEEP OF CREEKSIDE: Playing their third match in consecutive days while returning to Region 4-AAAAA action, Northgate teams each dominated respective victories on Thursday over Creekside.

The Lady Vikings — fresh off consecutive victories against county rivals Newnan and East Coweta — dropped just one game over five lines in a 5-0 shutout over the Lady Seminoles.

Respective singles players Ally Chenowith, Sarah Guilot and Sarah Edmonds all earned 8-0 victories as did Northgate’s No. 1 doubles team of Hayley Hasberger and Mary Salyards.

The Lady Vikings’ No. 2 tandem of Sadie Proctor and Lauren Schexnayder posted a 8-1 victory.

The Vikings, meanwhile, were equally strong in a 4-1 victory over Creekside’s boys that saw singles players Larry Sloan, Alex Waldron and Nate Taylor all breeze through 8-0 efforts.

Daniel Blocker and Nathan Potter combined for a 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles, while teammates D.J. Hernandez and Tanner Kelly dropped a hard-fought 8-6 decision.

HERITAGE SCHOOL TEAMS SPLIT WITH WEBER: On Monday, Hamza Khan and Chris Truong helped lead the Hawks to a 3-2 Region 1-AAA victory over The Weber School with each dominating respective singles matches.

The effort was part of a tri-match with Loganville Christian. Heritage teams swept Loganville with the Lady Hawks winning 6-0 and the Hawks earning a 3-2 decision.

Against Loganville, Heritage’s girls did not give up a single game, while Hawks singles players Curtis Godwin and Lawson Harris also earned 8-0 decisions.

In the Hawks’ tough win over Weber, Khan earned a 8-1 decision at No. 1 singles while Truong shut out his opponent at the No. 2 position.

Heritage’s No. 2 doubles team of Godwin and Harris clinched the match with a 8-5 victory.

In other boys matches, Will Farr fell 8-4 at No. 3 singles while Anish Patel and Phillip Turner were defeated 8-1 at No. 1 doubles.

The Lady Hawks equally battled but dropped a 4-1 decision against Weber in a match where all four defeated lines won at least four games against opponents.

Tate Crymes led Heritage’s girls with a 8-5 victory at No. 1 singles, but saw respective No. 2 and No. 3 players — Kendal Crowther and Lauren Wheat — fall 8-4. Crymes and Crowther won matches against Loganville 8-0.

The team’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Melinda Hatch and Clara Haugen also won four games before falling short.

At No. 1 doubles, teammates Abbie Farr and Madison Crymes battled through a tough 8-6 loss.

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