East Webster Tennis team clinches district

by Chuck Bailey

The East Webster Tennis team went undefeated in their district this year going 3-0 and 10-2 overall only losing in matches to 5A Starkville and 4A Pontotoc. This past week they defeated Houston 5-2 here on Tuesday, April 10th before traveling Thursday, April 12th to Northeast Mississippi Community College where they defeated New Site 7-0 and then finished their regular season here Friday, April 13 against Winona winning 7-0. “Last years’ team also went undefeated in district play, but this year I have players who have a lot more experience. Said an excited head coach Pam Champion. “I encouraged our kids to get involved in summer tennis programs, and the extra work has really paid off.” “Last year we put seven individual players into the state tournament.” I hope we are better able to compete as a team this year and have more individual players who compete on the state level.” Last years’ Wolverine netters finished the Class 2A State tournament runner up in Boy’s and Girl’s Doubles and 3rd in Boys Singles. The individual district tournament is Tuesday, April 17th in Tupelo. East Webster is the number one seed in the team district tournament and will host Pisgah in the first round here Thursday, April 19. Diamond Wolverines play six games East Webster baseball was able to make up some games that were missed due to inclement weather in district play from the previous week, going 6-0 over the five day span. They started Monday, April 9 playing a doubleheader at Madison St. Joe. The Wolverines were successful in picking up two district wins there (4-1) and (6-5). They picked up their sixth win in district play on Tuesday, April 10 by defeating district foe Ackerman here in a close one 5-4. A key play in this game came in the bottom of the third with senior third baseman Dylan Henley batting. East Webster Head Coach Wes Johnson gave the bunt sign leading by two runs, with one out and runners on second and third. The bunt by Henley was a perfect hit in between home Plate and the pitchers’ mound. Superb running by Connor Burton and Codie Mckee coming from second and third allowed Henley to get the credit for the two RBI bunt that put East Webster ahead 4-0. Ackerman continued to battle scoring a run in the top of the fifth. Ackerman tied it up at 4 all in the top of the seventh when they loaded the bases and scored one run on a pass ball. They scored two more on a standup double that was hit inside the third base foul line. East Webster was fortunate to get the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on another bunt by whom else but Dylan Henley. With two outs and no runners on base, Connor Burton was hit by a wild pitch and sent to first. Then Ackerman intentionally walked Codie McKee. On an 0-1 pitch to Henley he again executed another excellent bunt and scored McKee to win the game. East Webster went to Ackerman sweeped district play on Friday, April 13 by a score of 10-3. They finished the five day run with two more wins here Saturday, defeating Nanih Waiya in a close one 9-8 and then dominating Calhoun City with an 8-1 win. Ty Hendrix pitched a complete game two hitter to give the Wolverines the victory and help his team go 16-6 on the season. They finish their season with three district games. East Webster faced Eupora Monday, April 16, before playing a makeup double header with Leake April 17.