EW hosts Union for North State title

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

When Union pays a visit to East Webster for the MHSAA Class 2A North State Tennis Championship on Thursday at 4 p.m., it will be the culmination the Wolverines have been working toward all season.
“We played more matches (this season) than we have ever played before,” said EWHS head tennis coach Pam Champion. “We played two tournaments and also played some big schools, including 4A, 5A and 6A schools. We were hoping that experience would help us in the playoffs.”
So far it certainly hasn’t hurt, as EW went undefeated in region play this year to take the division title.
After a first-round bye, the Wolverines took a 5-2 win over arch-rival Madison St. Joe. “We beat them for the first time ever,” Champion said. “That is something we were trying to do last year.”
Hayden Hill won her girls singles match against St. Joe, while John Taylor Champion and Rhett Parker won in boys No. 1 doubles and John Carpenter and Jake Wofford took their boys No. 2 doubles match.
JonHayden Hancock and Mary Mae Turner won in girls No. 2 doubles for East Webster, while Holly Ellis and Samuel Butler took a win in mixed doubles. Hunter McCarter played boys singles for East Webster against Madison St. Joe, while the No. 1 girls team was Taylor Davis and Claire Ferguson.
Champion said she wasn’t sure what line-up she was going to use against Union, but was leaning toward the same one that was effective against St. Joe.
“These tennis players have worked very hard,” Champion said. “They play summer tennis, some play fall, and USTA Tournaments and they take lessons at Mississippi State. They are very dedicated.”
If East Webster beats Union, the Wolverines will play for the MHSAA Class 2A Team Championship on May 30 at Parham Bridges in Jackson.
All 12 starters on the EW tennis team qualified for the MHSAA Class 2A Individual State Tennis Tournament which will take lace on April 1-2.