The Jefferson boys' tennis team just missed out on a region title, losing to Riverside 3-2 Thursday in the 8-AA finals.
Two of the Dragons' defeats were three-set losses while Jefferson got wins at no. 1 singles from Gage Thompson (6-4, 6-0) and no. 3 singles from Jackson Howard (6-3, 6-0).
The Dragons reached the region finals by beating Rabun County 3-0, getting wins from Thompson (6-0, 6-1), Howard (6-1, 6-4) and the doubles team of Justin Harrison and Nathaniel Trawick (6-4, 6-1).
The Dragons will advance to the state tournament as no. 2 seed and will host its first-round match, which will be against a Region 6-AA opponent.
Thompson, Harrison and Trawick were named all-region first team.
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