GHSA Tennis Roundup

Northgate boys move to Elite 8 in state playoffs

by Staff Reports

It may have been a long road to south Georgia for Northgate‘s boys tennis for the second-round of the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs, but the trip didn’t stop them from reaching the Elite 8 for the second straight season.

The Vikings rolled to a 5-0 victory over Ware County while advancing to next Thursday’s state quarterfinals against Region 4-AAAAA rival Starr’s Mill at the Peachtree City Tennis center at 1:30 p.m.

The Vikings did their damage on Tuesday against Ware without dropping a set.

Hayden Victer, at No. 1 singles, defeated Jacob Highsmith 6-3, 6-3. C.J. Evans was forced to into a second-set tiebreaker, but won his match at No. 2 singles 6-3, 7-6  (7-3).

Larry Sloan had to settled the first set in a tie breaker, but Northgate’s No. 3 singles player, beat Justin Brooks 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.

Both Northgate doubles teams also won.

Cole Chenowith and partner Derek Kinsch defeated Grant Tison and Chandler Geidl, 6-2, 6-3. The Vikings’ No. 2 team of Austin Horvat and Bharath Shankar won 6-1, 6-3 over Malik Houis and Julius Veal.

NEWNAN LINEUPS ELIMINATED: Over consecutive days, Newnan tennis lineups had respective seasons come to an end in the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16 against programs from talent-rich Cobb County.

The Cougars ran into “a fire-breathing dragon” on Monday in a 5-0 loss to North Cobb while a deep Lady Cougars lineup also was shutout by Region 4-AAAAAA opponent Kennesaw Mountain. 

”I thought both teams had a great year,” said Newnan coach Hap Hines. “Our goal this year was to advance [in the state playoffs] and we did that. I’m definitely very happy with the progress we made.”

Newnan loses only two girls and two boys players off this year’s roster to graduation. They include Cougars doubles players Will Vineyard and Kaelin Bridges and Lady Cougars tandem Emma Fuchs and Abbie Gordon. 

Fuchs was part of two region champions and two region runner-up girls teams before ending her career in the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16. 

”We set out to advance and we did,” Hines said. “I hope we can continue this next year.”

EAST COWETA TEAMS FALL AFTER ADVANCING TO SWEET 16: East Coweta’s boys ended a successful 2013 season in the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs with a 5-0 loss to Kennesaw Mountain.

The Indians, who finished as the No. 3 seed in 3-AAAAAA, advanced with a 5-0 win over Alcovy last week. Winners in singles included Saeyun Lee (6-2, 6-2), Moises Escabar (6-2, 4-6, 7-5) and Daniel Murillo (6-4, 6-1). 

Doubles winners consisted of Andy and Oliver Truong (6-0, 6-0) and Mitchell Corley and Jean-Baptiste Bozzetto (6-2, 5-5 - retired). 

East Coweta’s girls also had its season end in the second round in a 5-0 loss to Lowndes. 

The Lady Indians advanced into the Sweet 16 last week with a 4-1 win over Luella. 

Singles winners for East Coweta against the Lady Lions were Allie Shell (6-4, 1-6, 6-3) and Priscilla Truong (6-1, 6-0). Doubles lineups of Atera Williams and Rachel Weimorts (6-1, 6-3) and Gillian Revoir and Anna Hall (6-1, 5-7, 6-4) won matches. 




More Sports

High School Basketball

Trinity boys rout Young Americans

Trinity Christian’s boys basketball team got a chance to rinse out the taste of a disappointing loss to Bethlehem Christian this week ... Read More


High School Swimming

County meet chance for bragging rights, state times

All three local high school swim teams have the same agenda tonight when they return to the Summit Family YMCA for the annual Coweta County ... Read More


High School Basketball

Northgate, Heritage, Trinity girls earn big victories

In a solid night for girls basketball around the county, Northgate put together its first winning streak of the season on Tuesday, while GIS ... Read More


HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Northgate, Newnan finish among top five at 29-team Tribal Challenge

East Coweta hosted its largest field in history for Saturday’s ninth-annual Tribal Challenge held at the Summit Family YMCA in Newnan ... Read More


Local high school swimmers compete

East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate swimmers competed against well over a dozen schools during Saturday’s annual Tribal Challenge Meet, ... Read More

High School Basketball

Heritage School, Northgate girls earn victories

The Heritage School wrapped up a string of three impressive victories in GISA Region play last week by thumping Griffin Christian 56-17 on t ... Read More