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Bearcat tennis teams ace the competition

The Lady Cat and Bearcat tennis teams have been hard at work on the courts, most recently bringing home a win over Early County and Dougherty County.

The teams first took on Early County on February 24, where the Lady Cats won 4-1 and the Bearcats won 3-2.

Lady Cats number one singles player Rylan Bland had a tough first set, narrowly edging out competitor, Kyndal Brownlee 7-6. However, Bland dominated the second set 6-1.

Number two singles Riley Palmer faced Ayla Grimes and beat her 6-2, 6-2. Number three singles Lily Tomek struggled to make a comeback with Early County’s Anna Belle Spooner ultimately winning 6-2, 6-2.

Number one doubles team Anna Marie Hall and Kenzie Thomas then took the court, winning 6-2, 6-1 against Early County’s Ella Floyd and Jane Anne Smith.

The final match against number two doubles Brooklyn Wade and Piper Loeffler ended in a nail biter, eventually going into three sets.

Loeffler and Wade won the first set 6-3, before Early County’s Charlye Allen and Shy Salter took home the next set win 6-2. Finally, Loeffler and Wade pulled away with a 1-0 win, giving BHS Lady Cats the victory.

The Bearcats played on the opposite side of the courts, where number one singles Robert Bryan Shockley dominated in a resounding 6-0, 6-0 fashion.

Number two singles, Thomas Shockley then beat his opponent, Jackson Cullifer 6-2, 6-3 and number three singles Hayden Martin edged out Early County’s Payne Murphree.

Number one doubles Brent Miller and Jack Burke played tough both sets, but eventually came up short 5-7, 1-6. Number two doubles Lucas Reynolds and Aiden Tabb also fell just short in their sets 1-6, 3-6.

The teams then hit the courts again on February 25 against Dougherty County, where they switched up the lineup.

Hall took the position of number one singles for the Lady Cats and dominated both sets 6-0, 6-0.

Loeffler played number two singles and won 6-0, 6-3 in two sets, while Tomek kept her number three singles position and won 6-1, 6-0.

Thomas and Wade came together as number one doubles and won 6-0, 6-1.

Seniors Robert Bryan and Anna Marie hope this only the beginning of an amazing season to come.

“I’m looking forward to winning region and going deep into the playoffs,” Robert Bryan said.

Robert Bryan acknowledges they have some tough competition ahead of them, especially TCC, but is ready for the challenge.

Coach Amy Thomas couldn’t agree more. She is ready to see the seniors finish off a season, after such a sense of incompleteness last year.

“I wish I could’ve done this last year with that group of seniors, but just as the pandemic taught us we will keep moving forward and making the best of every moment,” she said.

Hall said she is cherishing every moment with the group of girls and guys on the team and is ready to bring home a region championship.

The teams will compete against Thomas County at home on Thursday at 4 p.m. in hopes of another win.