Vying for seats at the Georgia High School Association state tournament table will be Adairsville's boys, Woodland's boys and both Cartersville's and Cass' boys and girls teams.
The Woodland boys (9-4) finished the regular season 9-4 and are the No. 2 seed out of their subregion, Region 7A-AAAA. The Wildcats face Region 7B-AAAA No. 3 seed Chattahoochee (9-6) on Wednesday.
Woodland coach Kevin Tant said his team learned plenty from its play during the regular season.
"My team learned that we are very competitive in our subregion and even had the opportunity to take the top of seed," he said. "The other side of our region is much stronger than ours, in general, with most of their players playing in year-round USTA leagues and taking private tennis lessons. The top seed in our subregion, Sequoyah, played their No. 4, South Forsyth (4-11), earlier in the season and lost 0-5. We played their No. 1, and defending state champion Johns Creek (14-1), and lost with the same score. Even Lambert (12-2) on their side dominated Sequoyah."
"It tells me that while we could be satisfied having a winning season, we will continually need to impress upon our players the importance of practicing and playing the entire year rather than just seasonally," Tant added.
On Wednesday, playing the aforementioned state champion Gladiators -- who won in Class AAA before moving up to AAAA -- will be the Cass boys, who go into the region tournament as a No. 4 seed. The Colonels (7-6) did not play Johns Creek during the regular season.
Cass' girls, who finished 6-7, fared better in terms of region standings than their male counterparts and take on Chattahoochee for a chance to make the state tournament. The Lady Colonels were one of three teams -- the Cartersville boys and girls were the others -- to make the state tournament a season ago.
The Purple Hurricanes and Lady Canes had strong runs this spring in their Region 7-AAA, with Cartersville's boys going undefeated to earn the No. 1 seed and the girls dropping just one region match to finish as the No. 2 seed.
In Region 7-AA, Adairsville's boys, the No. 4 seed, play the No. 1 seed in Calhoun today at 11:30 a.m. The Tigers lost 4-1 to Calhoun a month ago.
On Wednesday, Adairsville faces Model, the region's other top team, at noon.