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Rain stays away for Granger Invitational

Tennis tournament a big success

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

LaGrange’s doubles players Jas Singh and Tiger Lakhwani wait on a shot during a match during the Granger Invitational. LaGrange finished second in its division. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_tennis-singh-lakhwani.jpgLaGrange’s doubles players Jas Singh and Tiger Lakhwani wait on a shot during a match during the Granger Invitational. LaGrange finished second in its division. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LaGrange’s Abbi Lynn Lanier gets ready to return a shot during a match against Chapel Hill. Lanier won in a tie-breaker after splitting the first two sets. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_tennis-abby.jpgLaGrange’s Abbi Lynn Lanier gets ready to return a shot during a match against Chapel Hill. Lanier won in a tie-breaker after splitting the first two sets. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

Brooke Townsend and the Callaway girls’ tennis team competed in the two-day Granger Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_tennis-brooke-townsend.jpgBrooke Townsend and the Callaway girls’ tennis team competed in the two-day Granger Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LaGrange’s Blade Kendall gets ready to hit a forehand during a match in the Granger Invitational. Kendall helped LaGrange finish with a 2-1 record. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_tennis-kendall.jpgLaGrange’s Blade Kendall gets ready to hit a forehand during a match in the Granger Invitational. Kendall helped LaGrange finish with a 2-1 record. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LaGrange’s Lauren Yarbrough and Kelsey Anne Cadenhead teamed up Friday night for a match in the Granger Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_tennis-laura-kelsey.jpgLaGrange’s Lauren Yarbrough and Kelsey Anne Cadenhead teamed up Friday night for a match in the Granger Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

Callaway’s Taylor Townsend hits a forehand during a match on Friday in the Granger Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_tennis-townsend.jpgCallaway’s Taylor Townsend hits a forehand during a match on Friday in the Granger Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LAGRANGE – For most of the two days of the Granger Invitational, the threat of rain was always present.

Unlike last year when the entire tournament was washed away, though, this year’s Granger Invitational went off without a hitch.

There were a few rain drops here or there, but the show never stopped.

The tournament, which featured 70 teams, was held Friday and Saturday, and the boys’ and girls’ champions in the various divisions were crowned on the final day.

It was the 25th edition of the Granger Invitational, which has become the largest team tournament in Georgia.

“It was really a good weekend,” LaGrange coach Kenny Moore said. “We seemed to get mainly positive comments from people, and we appreciate the hard work that everybody in LaGrange does to support the tournament.”

There was nearly a local team celebrating one of the championships.

In Division II, Region 1-AAAAA rivals LaGrange and Columbus ended up meeting for the boys’ championship.

Last week in a regular-season meeting, it was Columbus edging LaGrange 3-2.

It was another close one in the rematch on Saturday, with Columbus once again getting a 3-2 win.

“We were excited about playing Columbus, and we played pretty well,” Moore said. “I think almost everybody played better than they played this past week. We’ll see if we can formulate a plan to beat them, and maybe the third time will be the charm.”

While the Grangers finished with a 2-1 record, the Lady Grangers were 1-2.

The boys’ and girls’ teams from Callaway and Troup also took part in the tournament, and both of those schools served as host locations.

After winning its first two matches against Greenbrier and Allatoona, LaGrange’s boys’ team found itself facing off against a familiar foe in Columbus.

Columbus beat Coffee County and North Hall to make it to the title round.

In the championship match, LaGrange got a win from Tony Choi at number three singles, and the number two doubles team of Gavin Battle and Pierce Skinner prevailed 11-9 in a tie-breaker after the first two sets were split.

Columbus won the other three matches to get the win.

LaGrange opened its tournament stay with a 5-0 win over Greenbrier, and it beat Allatoona 4-1.

The LaGrange girls’ team beat Callaway 4-1 for its lone win, and it lost to Chapel Hill 3-2 and Eagle’s Landing 4-1.

“We have a bunch of young girls who are really dedicated to getting better,” Moore said. “I think we’ve got a bright future, to be sure.”

TEAM WINNERS

Division 5

BOYS – North Cobb II

GIRLS – Dunwoody II

Division 4

BOYS – North Gwinnett II

GIRLS – Lumpkin County

Division 3

BOYS – Calhoun

GIRLS – Coffee County

Division 2

BOYS – Columbus

GIRLS – Northgate

Division 1

BOYS – Dunwoody

GIRLS – Columbus

LAGRANGE RESULTS

BOYS

LaGrange 5, Greenbrier 0

No. 1 singles – Connor Mahan (L) beat Justin Smith, 6-1, 6-1

No. 2 singles – Blade Kendall (L) beat Tyler Arret, 6-4, 4-6, (10-5)

No. 3 singles – Pierce Skinner (L) beat Ryan Anderson, 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 doubles – Jas Singh and Tiger Lakhwani (L) beat Bryson Murray and Cruden Dayton, 6-1, 6-0

No. 2 doubles – Jackson Kuerzi and Tony Choi (L) beat Dylan Walker Heflin and Jackson Person, 7-5, 6-4

LaGrange 4, Allatoona 1

No. 1 singles – Victor Bellolt (A) beat Blade Kendall, 4-6, 6-4, (10-5)

No. 2 singles – Pierce Skinner (L) beat Nick Newton, 7-5, 6-1

No. 3 singles – Tony Choi (L) beat Connor Guersi, 6-2, 6-1

No. 1 doubles – Connor Mahan and Gavin Battle (L) won 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 doubles – Jackson Kuerzi and Jas Singh (L) beat Zach Chiprany and John Beavers, 6-0, 6-2

Columbus 3, LaGrange 2

No. 1 singles – Jacob Yates (C) beat Connor Mahan, 6-7, 6-4, (1-9)

No. 2 singles – Ford Cummings (C) beat Blade Kendall, 6-4, 6-0

No. 3 singles – Tony Choi (L) beat Harrison Brown, 6-3, 6-4

No. 1 doubles – Kyle Canady and Jacob Sholtis (C) beat Jas Singh and Tiger Lakhwani, 6-4, 6-3

No. 2 doubles – Gavin Battle and Pierce Skinner (L) beat Chris Sidor and Parker Swift, 6-3, 5-7, (11-9)

GIRLS

Chapel Hill 3, LaGrange 2

No. 1 singles – Euna Oh (L) beat Emma Jarrett, 3-6, 6-3, (10-7)

No. 2 singles – Emily Austin (C) beat Abigail Brock, 6-2, 6-1

No. 3 singles – Abbi Lynn Lanier (L) beat Taylor Ledford, 3-6, 6-3, (12-10)

No. 1 doubles – Bella Caricari and Carmen Winslet (C) beat Lizzie Wilkerson and Kaylee Kee, 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 doubles – Hannah Moffett and Destinee Watts (C) beat Lauren Yarbrough and Kelsey Anne Cadenhead, 6-0, 6-3

Eagle’s Landing 4 ,LaGrange 1

No. 1 singles – Brooke Amiro (E) beat Abigail Brock, 6-1, 6-0

No. 2 singles – Jessica Starr (E) beat Abbi Lynn Lanier

No. 3 singles – Evette Martinez (E) beat Lizzie Wilkerson, 6-1, 6-1

No. 1 doubles – Venlisa Chambers and Morsi Brahmbhloltz (E) beat Kinsleigh Stephens and Kaylee Key, 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 doubles – Elise Lee and Kelsey Anne Cadenhead (L) beat Jada Mitchell and Nikia Liverpool, 6-2, 6-4

LaGrange 4, Callaway 1

No. 1 singles – Taylor Townsend (C) beat Abigail Brock, 6-2, 6-2

No. 2 singles – Lizzie Wilkersin (L) beat Brooke Townsend, 6-0, 6-3

No. 3 singles – Elise Lee (L) beat YeJi Kim, 6-2, 6-1

No. 1 doubles – Kaylee Key and Kelsey Anne Cadenhead (L) beat Baylee Starling and Brianna Neese, 6-2, 6-0

No. 2 doubles – Abbi Lynn Lanier and Lauren Yarbrough (L) beat YeJin Scho and Alice Lin, 6-1, 6-1

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