By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
Sometimes beating an arch-rival, makes facing the next foe tough. That was certainly a concern for East Webster High School tennis coach Pam Champion as her Wolverines headed into last Thursday’s MHSAA Class 2A North State Championship against Union.
“I was afraid that they would think that they head already won,” Champions said. “That was what I had to explain to them. That they had to play as hard and well as they did against (Madison) St. Joe.”
While finally knocking off arch-rival St. Joe, who had been a nemesis year after year for the Wolverines in the playoffs, was a big deal for East Webster they had more work to do. EW took a 5-2 win over Union to earn their first ever trip to the MHSAA CLass 2A State Tennis Team Finals. The Wolverines were set to take on Clarkdale in the finals at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Parham Bridges Tennis Center in Jackson. The results of that match were not available at press time.
All five of East Webster’s wins against Union came in straight sets, while the two matches the Wolverines lost were split-set affairs.
Hayden Hill won 6-0, 6-0 in girls singles, while Hunter McCarter took a 6-0, 6-1 win in boys singles. The No. 1 boys doubles team of John Taylor Champion and Rhett Parker took a 6-0, 6-4 win, while John Carpenter and Walker Johnson won their No. 2 boys doubles match 6-1, 6-0.
The No. 1 girls doubles team of Claire Ferguson and Taylor Davis posted a tough 7-5, 6-4 win. The No. 2 girls doubles team of JonHayden Hancock and Mary Mae Turner lost their match 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, while East Webster’s mixed doubles team of Holly Ellis and Samuel Butler lost 6-2, 2-6, 10-7.
Not only will the Wolverines take part in the team finals on Wednesday, but each of the Wolverines will take part in the MHSAA Class 2A Individual State Tennis Tournament on Thursday and Friday.