State tennis tourney begins
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The season came to a close for Troup High’s tennis teams in the opening round of the Class AAAA state tournament.
Troup’s boys’ team, which finished third in Region 2-AAAA, was in Savannah to play Benedictine, the second-place team from Region 3-AAAA.
Jacob Bearden got a win at number two singles, but Benedictine won the other two singles matches and both doubles matches to win 4-1.
Troup’s girls’ team, the fourth-place team from Region 2-AAAA, was also in Savannah for its state match, and it lost 5-0 to Region 3-AAAA-champion Islands.
Also this week, Callaway and LaGrange will begin their state journeys.
The LaGrange Lady Grangers, after winning the Region 2-AAAA championship, will be at home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. against Thomas County Central in a second-round matchup.
Thomas County, the third-place team from Region 1-AAAA, beat Perry in the first round of the playoffs, and LaGrange had a first-round bye.
The winner will play either North Oconee or Cedartown in the third round.
On Thursday at noon, LaGrange’s boys’ team will host Perry in the second round, with the winner advancing to the third round to play Cedartown or North Oconee.
Perry advanced with a 4-0 win over Cairo, while LaGrange, which won the Region 2-AAAA title, had a first-round bye.
The Callaway Cavaliers, after winning the Region 5-AA championship, will be at home on Friday at 2 p.m. against Gordon Central in the second round.
Gordon Central, the second seed from Region 7-AA, beat Washington 5-0 to advance, and Callaway had a first-round bye.
If Callaway beats Gordon Central, it would play Berrien or Bleckley County with a spot in the semifinals on the line.
The Callaway Lady Cavaliers finished fourth in Region 5-AA to qualify for state, but it had to forfeit its first-round match because it was missing too many players because of quarantine.
Thomas County Central girls at LaGrange, 2 p.m.
Perry boys at LaGrange, noon
Gordon Central boys at Callaway, 2 p.m.