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Tennis Wildcats fall in state semis
The RHHS boys tennis team ended their season ranked number three in the state after a Final Four appearance this week. The RHHS boys tennis team (above) is (front, from left) Michael Zhu, John Rush, (kneeling) Huy Phan, (third row) Minh Phan, Jason Trankle, Matt Trivitayakhum, Ted Noonburg, Phil Bostek, Tom Capocasale, Welton Li, Jae Shim, (back row) Kyle Guither, Nic Balas, Ethan Lane, Charles Zhu, Jared Butler and David Ames. Not pictured is Chris Noonburg.

The Richmond Hill High School Wildcat tennis boys finished a superb season this weekend at Clayton County International Park in Atlanta. The Final Four saw the team drop a well- played match to Oconee County.

The Wildcats finished 22-3 for the year and is touted to be the strongest group ever to take the courts for Richmond Hill.

The play was stopped when Michael Zhu was about to win his No. 1 singles match. He dominated the first set 6-2 and was less than two minutes from the match point when the Oconee coach stopped the match. Zhu played extremely well and showed that Richmond Hill High can compete on any level. Chris Noonburg and Jason Trankle were denied wins by powerful 2 and 3 singles players. Nic Balas and Ethan Lane were gaining momentum when their No. 1 doubles slot was stopped. Kyle Guither and John Rush dropped a match to the highest ranked No. 2 team in the state.

"The boys are as strong, man for man, as the Atlanta teams," Coach Pat Paruso said. "The difference is in experience with strong competition."

The Wildcats finish the season ranked number 3 in the State and have the nucleus of the team returning.

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