The Jackson County boys’ tennis team is making this into a habit.
After winning a tournament trophy Feb. 28-29 at Jekyll Island, the Panthers followed that up with more first-place hardware the following weekend. Jackson County went 3-0 to win the Friday-Saturday (March 6-7) Marietta Classic, improving to 6-1 on the year.
“It was two great days of tennis,” Panther coach Wayne Brooks said.
Jackson County seeks a third-straight tournament championship when it travels to the Friday-Saturday (March 12-13) LaGrange Invitational.
Prior to that trip, the Panthers will host Morgan County Thursday (March 12) at 4 p.m. The team was set to travel to Monroe Area Tuesday (March 10), but results weren’t available at press time.
In its win at Marietta, the Panthers beat Newnan 3-2, River Ridge 5-0 and Hill Grove 3-2.
Kade Graves, Nicholas Bergeron (6-3, 6-3) and Drake Tatar (6-2, 6-1) provided the Panthers’ wins against Newnan at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles respectively.
In the sweep of River Ridge, Graves coasted again at No. 1 singles; Bergeron won at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-4); Tatar won at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-4; Bo Reeves and Conrad Satkofsky won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles; and twin brothers Alexander and Garret Julian won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Against Hillgrove in the finals, Graves delivered a 6-4, 7-6 win at No. 1 singles in a 2.5-hour match to seal the Panthers’ victory. The teams were tied 2-2 before his win. The other singles matches weren’t as grueling. Bergeron won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, and Tatar won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
“It was a great weekend of tennis with entertaining matches at every line,” Brooks said.
At LaGrange this weekend, Jackson County will face Calhoun in the first round of the Division II tournament.
The Jackson County girls’ team fell to Calhoun (5-0), Duluth (4-1) and Marietta (3-2).
The No. 1 doubles team of Morgan Uesseler and Amelia Galley earned the Panthers’ only point against Duluth. No. 1 singles player Emily King and Uesseler, who played at No. 3 singles, both won against Marietta.
“The girls improve at every tournament, and I'm so proud of them and their growth as players,” Brooks said. “We are using the experiences to prepare for the region.”
The girls’ team was set to play at Monroe Area Tuesday (March 10), but results weren’t available at press time. Jackson County will host Morgan County Thursday (March 12) before traveling to the LaGrange tournament. The Panthers will open play against Christian Heritage in the Division V tournament.