Gilmer Bobcats Tennis Improves to 11-2

PHS Tennis, Team FYN Sports

The Gilmer High School tennis team followed a senior night shutout Monday against Fannin with matches at Pickens Tuesday and Cherokee Wednesday.

In the region match at Pickens, the Bobcats won 4-1, while the Lady Cats fell to the Dragonettes by the same margin.

Boys singles action against the Dragons saw Riley Hice defeated Skyler Denton 6-0, 6-0. Issac Hensley downed Sam Barber 6-0, 6-0, while Dusty Ray bested Grady Pearson 6-2, 6-2.

The combination of Cole Edmondson and Chandler Cantrell beat Stephen Jordan and Blue Goodman 7-5, 6-2, while Kyle Baker and Cody Manus teamed up for the only Pickens boys victory by downing Matthew Bruner and Noah Chastain 7-6, 6-2.

An exhibition boys singles match featured Carter Hice beating B.J. Barnhill 6-4, 6-2.

In girls singles matches, Dragonette Ginny Morris defeated Ally Davis 6-4, 6-2. Sarah Prather beat Kali Malham 6-2, 6-4, while Hope Bobak fell 7-6, 2-6, 5-7 to Ashley Hamby.

Peyton and Kendal Avery bested Hannah Thomas and Chancey Davis 6-3, 6-0 in doubles action, while Katie Marick and Katie Sheahan secured the lone Lady Cats triumph with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Katie Cowart and Emma DePuma.

Exhibition girls matches featured Lady Cats Mary Elizabeth Walker and Moriah Martin fall 8-4 and the Gilmer duo of Lauren Cole and Sophie Morrison dropping a 8-5 affair.

“The boys continue to dominate the court,” said head Gilmer coach Donna Parks. “Our boys are so competitive this year and along with their talent, it’s utter determination that pulls them through when they need it most. We had a couple of girls get hurt or sick. Hannah Thomas was playing on a taped, rolled ankle and stepped on it wrong during the first set of her match. She finished the match in pain, but gave it her best effort. Ally started to feel nauseous and dizzy during her second set. Although she was shaky and feeling bad, she finished out her match and never gave up.”

The team then headed to Bridgemill Athletic Club Wednesday to face the Cherokee Warriors in non-region action. The Bobcats fell 3-2, while the Lady Cats again fell 4-1.

As Bobcat teammate Noah Chastain looks on, Matthew Bruner serves Creekview during a match March 17. Chastain and Bruner teamed up for a 6-3, 7-5 over Cherokee Wednesday. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

As Bobcat teammate Noah Chastain looks on, Matthew Bruner serves Creekview during a match March 17. Chastain and Bruner teamed up for a 6-3, 7-5 over Cherokee Wednesday. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Riley Hice dropped his match 6-0, 6-0. Hensley fell 6-0, 6-1, while Ray lost 6-1, 6-2.

GHS got its boys wins in doubles action. Edmondson and Cantrell won 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Bruner and Chastain picked up a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Carter Hice fell in an exhibition match, 8-4.

The Lady Cats were also swept in singles matches. Ally Davis lost 6-0, 6-0, Malham fell in a hard-fought 2-6, 7-6, 0-6 match, while Bobak dropped another tough match 6-7, 7-6, 4-6.

In doubles matches, Chancey Davis and Sheahan fell 6-0, 6-2, while Marick and Cole teamed up for the lone girls win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Martin won an exhibition girls match 8-5, while Walker and Morrison fell 8-5 in an exhibition doubles contest.

“Cherokee is another school that has year-round tennis involvement,” Parks explained. “They bring some definite competition to our players, which is good for their overall game. We had some matches go to a third set, which was fun to watch.”

Following the week, the Bobcats sit at 11-2 (4-1 in region play) for the year, while the Lady Cats are 7-6 (2-3 in region play).

Gilmer has another busy week on tap. The team heads to Dawson Monday, before playing a make-up region match Tuesday at Northwest Whitfield. Another region make-up will take place Wednesday, as GHS welcomes Ridgeland. Gilmer then returns to the road Thursday, as it heads to White County for a match against the Warriors.


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Gilmer, Pickens Split Match

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The Gilmer High School tennis team hosted the Pickens Dragons for a cold, snowy match last Thursday.

The Bobcats picked up a 3-2 victory, while the Dragonettes downed the Lady Cats by the same margin.

In boys singles action, Riley Hice defeated Dragon Stephen Jordan 6-3, 6-0. Bobcat Issac Hensley bested Blue Goodman 6-0, 6-1, while Dusty Ray downed Henry Moore 6-0, 6-0, to give Gilmer a sweep in singles matches.

Pickens picked up its two boys victories in doubles matches. The combination of Sam Barber and Skyler Denton beat Carter Hice and Noah Chastain 6-2, 6-1, while the duo of Grady Pearson and Kyle Baker won a 6-4, 4-0 match over Cole Edmondson and Chandler Cantrell, which was called early due to inclement weather.

The Dragonettes took two out of three singles matches from the Lady Cats. Ginny Morris defeated Ally Davis 6-2, 6-3, before Lady Cat Kali Malham downed Emma DiPuma 6-0, 6-4. Ashley Hamby then beat Hope Bobak 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles matches, Kendal and Peyton Avery won a hard-fought 6-3, 6-2, 10-5 contest over Hannah Thomas and Chancey Davis, while Gilmer duo Katie Marick and Katie Sheahan won a 6-2, 1-0 affair over Sarah Prather and Katie Cowert, which was also called early due to weather conditions.

“Overall, I was very pleased with the way we played,” said Gilmer head coach Donna Parks. “It was brutally cold, so everyone was a little off their game. We are struggling in getting our boys doubles teams matched up just right. We are going to have to figure out who plays best and then who plays best with who. So many of our players are so equally matched.”

Parks continued, “On the girls side, I think our doubles teams are doing very well together, but that’s not to say we don’t have others that can step up and challenge them. With so little court time to practice (due to weather), it’s hard for them to show their true potential. Our singles girls are still a little rusty, too. I expect that all the players, boys and girls, will start showing much improvement in the coming weeks, since the weather is looking to be a little warmer and dryer. I have great expectations for both teams this year and believe they will go above and beyond their showing last year.”


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