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CCHS tennis season ends in second round of state tournament

The Crisp County High School tennis team finished their 2019 season this week, with big wins in the first round of the GHSA class AAA state tournament, followed by tough second round losses.

“Though the season ended sooner than we had hoped, we are very proud of our kids and how they have played this year,” said CCHS tennis coach Paula Paquette.

The Cougars started play this week on Tuesday at home in the first round of the state playoffs versus Peach County. The CCHS boys and girls played strong and came out with 5-0 victories on the day.

Individual results versus Peach: 

Boys: 

Fabion Bartell (Crisp) defeated Bryce Patterson (Peach) 6-0, 6-0

Jeremiah Bell (C) d. Verner Harris (P) 6-0, 6-1

Nathan Willis (C) d. Jose Ramirez (P) 6-0, 6-0

Tyler Adams/Dashawn Collins (C) d. Jacob Herber/Malik Jackson (p) 6-0, 6-0

Drew Braziel/Andrew Willis (C) d. Patrick Livatt/Tyson McGee (P) 6-0, 6-2

Girls: 

Jordan Lawson (C) d. Ahish Mangham (P) 6-0, 6-0

Audrey Mercer (C) d. Kailyn Ugatte (P) 6-0, 6-1

Hannah Cook (C) d. Janett Tejada (P) 6-0, 6-1

Brittany Bertelson/Bailey Lagrone (C) d. Hailey Smith/Sophia Wozniak(P) 6-1, 6-0

Tatum Coleman/Tess Stripling (C) d. Stephanie Barajas/Lauren Nelson (P) 6-0, 2-0 (pulled)

The Lady Cougars then traveled to Brantley County on Wednesday for the second round and went up against a tough Brantley team. Jordan Lawson had the lone Crisp victory in the 1-4 loss to Brantley.

Lady Cougar individual results vs Brantley: 

Lawson (C) d. Zoie Page 6-1, 5-7, 11/9 (B)

Madelyn Alligood (B) d. Mercer (C) 6-2, 6-2

Kailey Lovell (B) d. Cook (C) 6-2, 6-0

Jordan Harper/Brenna Boyett (B) d. Bertelson/LaGrone (C) 6-0, 6-0

Larisey Brooks/Madison White (B) d. Coleman/Stripling (C) 6-1, 6-2

The Cougars hosted a strong Brantley boys’ team on Thursday for second round action. Drew Braziel and Andrew Wills had the lone CCHS victory at second doubles in the 1-4 defeat.

Cougar individual results vs Brantley boys’ team: 

Jacob Youmans (B) d. Bartell (C) 6-0, 6-2

Kade Chapman (B) d. Bell (C) 6-2, 6-1

Josh Youmans (B) d. Nathan Willis (C) 6-0, 6-1

Matthew O’Neal/Brady Strickland (B) d. Adams/Collins (C) 6-3, 6-1

Braziel/Andrew Willis (C) d. Grayson Horne/Noah Barrow (B) 7-5, 6-3

“We thank our seniors for their dedication to the CCHS Tennis Program and wish them all the best. We encourage our underclassmen to work hard in the offseason and come back even stronger for next year,” said Coach Paquette.

“I would like to thank first year boys coach, Pat Jordan, and volunteer girls coach, Ashley Denby, for all their hard work with our players. Special thanks as always going out to Coach Junior Peeples for his endless help and dedication to the program. Also we send big thanks to our boosters/parents for keeping us hydrated, snacked out, and warm or cool as needed. We are looking forward to another successful season in 2020,” she concluded.