Webster qualifies 12 for state tennis tourney

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

A dozen athletes will represent East Webster High School when the
MHSAA Class 2A Individual Tennis Championships are held at the Parham
Bridges Tennis Center in Jackson on May 2-3.

To qualify for the state individual championships, a player most
finish first or second in the district.

Hayden Hill took first in girls singles, as Rhett Parker did in boys
singles, while the East Webster’s two girls and two boys doubles
teams wound up playing each other for the district title.

Holly Ellis and Taylor Davis were first in girls doubles, with
JonHayden Hancock and Meagan Dean taking second. John-Taylor Champion
and Samuel Butler won the boys doubles title in district, while
Charlie Brand and John Carpenter took second. The mixed doubles team
of Claire Ferguson and Jake Wofford also won the district title.

The Wolverines finished the regular season at 7-1 and beat Union 5-2
in the first round of the MHSAA Class 2A State playoffs before
falling to Madison St. Joseph 6-1 in the second round on Tuesday.

“That’s the best we have ever played them,” EWHS coach Pam Champion
said of her team’s effort against St. Joseph. “We lost four of those
courts in a tie break.” She noted that St. Joseph had won the state
title for the past four years.

In last night’s match the girls no. 2 doubles team of Taylor Davis
and Holly Ellis won their match 6-1, 6-1. Hill in girls singles,
Champion and Butler in boys no. 1 doubles, Brand and Carpenter in
boys no. 2 doubles, and Ferguson and Parker in mixed doubles all
split sets with their opponents and lost in a tie break.

In last week’s article about the win over Union, Hill’s 6-1, 6-2 win
in girls singles was inadvertently omitted.