By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The Lady Longhorns tennis team christened their new courts with a big win on Tuesday over Sullivan North. They defeated the Lady Golden Raiders 8-1 while the boys lost by the same score. It was a pleasant surprise for head coach Eric Crabtree who had to replace more than half his girls’ squad from last season. He complimented them on their play and was proud of the boys for their outstanding effort. “The girls played extremely well and the boys were competitive in almost all their matches,” said Crabtree. “They all did a great job considering the amount of time we’ve had outside. They’ll all get better as the season goes on. I’m very proud of them.” Ethan Carroll had the only boys’ win of the day. He played in the top singles spot. Kirs Artididello dropped a close match and Patrick Southerland played well before being defeated. The Lady Longhorns would turn the tide in girls’ play.
Gracie May, Ashyton Henson, Bethany Cox, Hailey Cannon and Janae Eshelman all won in singles play. Cora Hayworth teamed with Cox to win the first doubles match. Henson and May won the second match and Britain Peele and Cassie Grayson won the third and final doubles match. The team was to host Happy Valley on Tuesday and North Greene on Thursday.