Canes, Lady Canes region tennis champs
by Andrew B. Adler
Apr 17, 2013 | 663 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As soon as he vanquished his North Murray opponent in two straight sets, Trevor Gotkowski immediately morphed from his No. 1 singles seed into Cartersville’s No. 1 cheerleader during the remainder of the boys’ 5-AAA region championship. Gotkowski’s cry of “Let’s go Canes” could easily be heard by all those who descended upon Dellinger Park Tuesday.

“That was just Trevor’s way of telling his teammates, ‘Come on, guys. Let’s do it,’” said Melissa Moore, the second-year boys and girls tennis coach.

Gotkowski won his No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 6-1. But when Drew Adsit dropped his tennis racquet at the foot of the net after defeating his opponent, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2, the Canes’ boys’ team had indeed done it. As did the Lady Canes, who accomplished the same feat minutes later. Both tennis teams had won their respective finals match to win the 5-AAA region championship.

“What they accomplished today is unbelievable,” said Moore, who, after being doused with ice water, hoped that nothing had happened to her cellphone when she tried calling her husband to tell him the good news. “Both teams were determined to win it all. For the boys, it was a hard fought win against a tough North Murray team. The girls were not about to take Sonoraville for granted, whatsoever.”

Final scores: Canes 3-1 over the Mountaineers. Lady Canes 3-0 over the Phoenix.

“It was a battle every time our boys played North Murray this season,” Moore said. “The final scores may have been 5-0 Cartersville each team, but the matches usually ended 3-2.”

The boys clinched the region championship by virtue of Nathan Slocum’s 6-0, 6-4 victory. The Lady Canes were declared champions after Mallory Walker, Maddi McGinnis and the doubles team of Annabeth and Charleston Fox each won their respective matches. Lady Canes’ No. 1 singles player Darian DeFrench was leading, 6-1, 5-0, when the girls’ region champion was determined.

“Being a senior, I very much wanted to end my tennis career at Cartersville forever remembering that both teams were region champions,” Gotkowski said.

The Lady Canes cruised into the finals with wins over Ringgold Monday and Coahulla Creek Tuesday morning. Cartersville’s boys advanced with a victory over Gordon Central Monday and Sonoraville Tuesday morning.

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