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Page 4C 2o18 sPSI G SPOSTS February 21, 2018 Tanner Lee Tucker Melton Caleb Wilson Micah Wilson Preston Wilson EmmaCantrell Reagan Dorrity JackieGore Isabelle McCaskill Audrey Parrott Julia Rainey Anna Starr By Richard Dumas them fall one point shy for' " of winning their region title match against West Wlth:a number of key Laurens. returners, the Mary Providing depth for Persons boys and girls the boys' squad is junior tennis teams will look to Tucker Melton, who improve upon outstand- played varsity two years ing 2017 seasons that ago, and senior Ian saw each squad advance Bettis, a varsity new- to the second round of comer. the AAAA state playoffs. Grossman said West The MP boys team fin- Laurens will enter the ished 2017 with a 15-4 season as the region record, the program's favorite in both boys best mark in years, and girls once again, The 2018 Bulldogs will but she said her boys feature many famil- squad is poised to chal- Jar faces, including its lenge them. No. 1 singles standout "The boys have the Chris Swars, The senior opportunity," Grossman Swars, who transferred said. "They've gotta from Spalding prior to fight hard." his junior year, features MP's girls squad, :' an explosive serve and which finished with a fierce forehand that 12-5 record in 2017, gave many of his region was expected to be opponents' fits last year. the more experienced Swars achieved one of of the two but three MP's two match wins potential seniors elected in its 2-3 region title not to play this year. loss to West Laurens in Megan Beall, Stephanie 2017, dominating his Pierotti and Abby Rigole singles match 6-1, 6-4. will not play in 2018 Joining Swars in the due to a combination of singles rotation will be college classes and jobs one of the squad's trip- leaving four-year starter lets, sophomore Preston Cadi Seitz and three- Wilson, who will take year starter Madeline over the No. 2 spot. Copeland as the squad's Junior tennis newcomer lone seniors. Tanner Lee, who played However, the Bulldogs varsity soccer in 2017, do have other expe- is expected to play No. 3 rienced returners in singles, junior Audrey Parrott MP's two doubles and sophomore Jackie teams, each of whom Gore. The other had outstanding seasons team members are in 2017, have switched five varsity newcom- places with last year's ers: sophomore Anna No. 2 team featuring Starr and four fresh- the brother tandem of men, Emma Cantrell, Caleb Wilson and Micah Reagan Dorrity, Isabelle Wilson having moved McCaskill and Julia to No. 1 in 2018. MP Rainey. head coach Hannah The reliable Seitz, who Grossman said all three has primarily played Wilson brothers have doubles in her career, improved tremendously will take over the No. i'n the off-season. 1 singles spot vacated Meanwhile, last year's by the graduated No. 1 doubles pair of Anna Wilks. Joining seniors Jordan Carr Seitz in singles will and Seth Smith are be Gore, who played expected to dominate doubles a year ago, and in No. 2 doubles after Cantrell, a freshman a 2017 season that saw who Grossman said has shown great early prom- Copeland and Parrott she said MP has found return Tuesday after ise. to anchor the No. 1 that competition outside missing several weeks "Emma's a hustler, spot while newcomers` of Middle Georgia is aafter his wife recently She's feisty," GrossmanDorrity and Starr are lot tougher, falling 0-5 their first Child. said of Cantrell, expected to team up at to North Oconee in the Grossman, who is in who also played for No. 2 doubles, second round a year her fourth year as head Grossman on MP's var- Grossman said her ago. coach, said she's excited sity softball team in the goal for the girls team is Assisting Grossman about Che opportunity t.o fall. to advance back to the for the third straight coach both of this year's In doubles, MP Sweet 16 for the third year is Trey Bernard, MP teams: "I'm looking will turn to veterans straight year. However,who was slated to forward to the season. It's an entertaining group of kids, and we make sure we have a good time." 2018 MP Varsity Tennis Schedule DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME Feb. 22 Jones County Home 4:00 p.m. Feb. 27 ACE Away (John Drew) 4:00 p.m. Feb. 28 Jackson Home 4:00 p.m. Mar. 1 Locust Grove Home 4:00 p.m. Mar. 6 Spalding* Away 4:00 p.m. Mar. 8 ACE Home 4:00 p.m. Mar. 12 Jones County Away 4:00 p.m. Mar. 13 Upson-Lee* Home 4:00 p.m. Mar. 15 Howard* Away 4:00 p.m. Mar. 19 West Laurens* Home 4:00 p.m. Mar. 21 Perry* Away 4:00 p.m. Mar. 26 Pike County Away 4:00 p.m. Mar. 28 Taylor County Away 4:00 p.m. Mar. 29 Lamar County Home 4:00 p.m. Apr. 9-12 Region Tourney Away (John Drew) TBA Apr. 20 1st Round State TBA TBA Apr. 26 2nd Round TBA TBA May 2 Quarterfinals TBA TBA May 8 Semifinals TBA TBA May 12 Finals Berry.College TBA Region 2-AAAA Matches Boys and Girls matches occur simultaneously ~ i ~ii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~ ANNA STARR GO ANNA! LOVE, MOM, DAD, AUSTIN AND AVA i