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Wildcats, Canes take every set in dominant wins


In anticipation for the collegiate-style format at the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships next weekend in Chattanooga, the Woodland girls tried out a new lineup Thursday.

Despite the shakeup, the Wildcats cruised to a 5-0 home win over East Paulding.

The lineup change placed Woodland's usual Nos. 2 and 3 singles players in a doubles match. The duo of Gloria Gore and Deanna Dodson dropped just one game in rolling to victory.

None of the Wildcats' other matches involved much drama, either.

Christy Turner won 6-0, 6-0 on the No. 1 line.

Caroline Gore and Whitney Harris, who normally team up in the No. 1 doubles match, had no issues on their own. Gore won 6-2, 6-1, while Harris didn't drop a game.

Breanna Shook and Becky Wesley won the team's other doubles match by a 6-2, 6-0 final.

The Woodland boys traveled to East Paulding and returned in a first-place tie in Region 7-AAAAA with Carrollton with a 3-0 mark.

The two schools face off Tuesday for the region's top spot.

Thursday, the Wildcats weren't caught looking ahead, as they easily dispatched of the Raiders by a 5-0 score.

Woodland didn't drop a game in either doubles match with Alex Banta and Hayden Lusk and Max Costlow and Nick Warren cruising to victory.

Bryce VanOrder took Line 1 singles by a 6-1, 6-0 score; Blake Bottegal battled to a 6-3, 6-2 win on Line 2; and Connor Gunnell overcame a tight first set to win by a 6-4, 6-0 score.

Cartersville dominates Troup

The girls and boys tennis teams lost just three combined games in rolling to a pair of 5-0 wins Thursday at Troup County.

All six singles players won by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores.

On the girls side that consisted of routs by Ashley Popham, Emma McCary and Ansley Thompson; for the boys, it was Will Allen, Matthew Slocum and Davis Edwards dominating the competition.

In girls doubles action, Jordan Ross and Lydia Wiedetz won 6-0, 6-0, while Alice Terry and Chloe Satterfield triumphed by a 6-1, 6-0 score.

The pairings of Juan Zazueta and Ross Norwood and Ivy Nelson and Luke Kottemann dropped one game apiece in their own easy victories.

Tigers split with Phoenix

The Adairsville girls took a big step towards qualifying for the state tournament with a couple of come-from-behind wins Thursday at Sonoraville.

The Phoenix won on Lines 1 and 2 in singles action, but the Tigers took the other three matches in a thrilling 3-2 win.

The Line 1 doubles pairing of Hannah Adcock and Olivia Long earned a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 win for Adairsville (3-1 in Region 6-AAA).

But the other two victories didn't come so easily.

Line 3 singles player Brantley Hughes rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win. The Line 2 doubles team of Micaela Pardo and Audrey Mixon pulled out a stellar win after also dropping the first set, earning a 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 win in a tiebreaker.

In boys action, Houston Medlock was the lone winner for Adairsville as Sonoraville earned a 4-1 victory.

Medlock cruised at Line 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1.

While the Phoenix easily handled a couple matches, the Tigers had good showings by Cody Kimbrough on Line 3 and the Line 1 doubles team Zach Ogle and Jason Burdette.

Adairsville hosts Murray County at 4 p.m. Tuesday.