MILLEN – Hoping the weather would be better there than here on April 3, the Bryan County Redskin tennis squad loaded up in hopes of beating the rain by getting their matches in once they got to Jenkins County High School.
The weather cooperated just long enough for the Redskins to come home with a victory for the boys and a loss for the girls.
The No. 1 doubles pairing of Kenny Hagan and Michael Kennedy dominated their Eagle opponents to come out with eight wins and zero losses for a very gratifying afternoon of tennis action.
David Cook, the No. 1 singles player for Bryan County, saw his matches go down to the wire, yet ended up on the losing end when the scorecard was tallied as he lost 5-8.
The Bryan County Lady Skins had their hands full most of the day as they came out of Millen without picking up a win as Jenkins shut them out all around the court.
This was the last regular season game for BCHS tennis. The regional competition is next for the teams.
"I feel good about the program right now," Coach Karen Lynn said. "The team is really young right now, but they are willing to learn. The boys team comes with some experience and they’ve done very well thus far. They’re at 500 right now, which is impressive when you consider their inexperience. There are only eight boys, so there are no extras - everyone is getting plenty of playing time. The girls aren’t doing quite as well, but I see a lot of potential there. We even switched up our only returning girl, Ashley Barfield. She is playing singles for the first time this year, but she’s doing pretty good."
This is the first year that Lynn and Assistant Coach Cindy Bennett have had with BCHS tennis. Lynn said they are really enjoying it and are looking forward to the years to come.
"We can only move forward from here as our young players gain more experience," Lynn said. "The veterans are helping out the younger players quite a bit. Right now, we’re practicing and hoping for a good showing at regionals."
The 3-A tournament is slated for April 16 at Bacon Park in Savannah.