CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School tennis team had a banner season last year and they hope it continues this spring.
Last year, the Chapmanville girls tied the school record for wins, going 15-4. The CRHS boys set the school record for wins with a 13-3 record, including beating perennial power Charleston Catholic for the first time in school history.
The CRHS girls also won the Cardinal Conference title for the second year in a row, while the boys won the Cardinal Conference title for the first time in school history.
Many returnees are back.
On the girls’ side, Cassidy Lewis, a junior, will be taking over the No. 1 seed. Last year, as the fourth seed, Lewis won the conference title last year in singles and doubles. She won the conference title in 2014 in doubles and the state title in No. 2 doubles with Haley Justice.
The No. 2 seed is junior Myla Bryant, who was the third seed last year. Last season, Bryant won the conference title in doubles with partner Sara Lambert last year in doubles and was one match from the state tournament in singles and doubles. She won the conference title as the fourth seed in singles in 2014 and won conference title in doubles with Lambert that year. Bryant and Lambert won the first regional title in school history in 2014 and won the state title in the No. 3 doubles that year with Lambert.
The Lady Tigers’ third seed is sophomore Savannah Toney.
The No. 4 seed is Ciera Stowers. As the No. 2 seed last year, she won the conference title with her partner Samantha Williams in No. 3 doubles and won the regional title over Charleston Catholic, but fell in the state semifinals to eventual state champion Bluefield. She was one match away from the state tournament in singles as well.
Juniors Sara Lambert and Samantha Williams, senior Rebecca McKinney and junior Abby Steele round out the girls’ roster.
The girls’ team graduated senior and No. 1 seed Haley Justice, who won a state championship in doubles with partner Cassidy Lewis in 2014, made the state tournament three years in a row (the only player in school history to do so), and was the winningest player in Chapmanville tennis history. She’s currently playing college tennis at Pikeville University.
On the boys’ side, everyone returns from last year’s team.
Austin Hanshaw, a sophomore, is back as the No. 1 seed in singles. He won the conference title in doubles as a freshmen with his partner Colton Townsend last year. He was just one match from the state tournament.
Senior Colton Townsend is back as the No. 2 seed. He won the conference title last year in singles and doubles at his position and is the team captain this year. He was one match from the state tournament last year.
Brycen Kuenzel, a junior, is Chapmanville’s No. 3 seed. He won the conference title last year in singles and was one match from reaching the state tournament as well.
Senior Cody Saunders is returning for the Tigers as the No. 4 seed. He won the conference title in singles and was also one match from the state tournament.
Kevin Hoops, a senior, is the No. 5 seed. He was a conference runner-up in doubles last year and he and his partner Austin Evans were the No. 2 seed in the region. He’s also going to be valedictorian for CRHS this year.
Senior Austin Evans is the sixth seed. He was conference runner-up with his partner Hoops last year.
* The Chapmanville tennis team won its season opening match on Friday at home against Westside.
On the boys’ side in singles action, No. 1 seed Austin Hanshaw won 8-1. No. 2 seed Colton Townsend won 8-2 and No. 3 seed Brycen Kuenzel won 8-0. No. 4 seed Cody Saunders won 8-3.
In doubles, the No. 1 team of Hanshaw and Townsend won 8-0. The No. 2 team of Kuenzel and Saunders won 8-0 and the No. 3 team of Kevin Hoops and Austin Evans prevailed 8-0 as well.
On the girls’ side, No. 1 seed Cassidy Lewis (8-0), No. 2 seed Myla Bryant (8-0), No. 3 seed Savannah Toney (8-0) and No. 4 seed Ciera Stowers (8-0) all took wins.
In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Lewis and Toney (8-0), the No. 2 team of Bryant and Sara Lambert (8-0) and the No. 3 team of Stowers and Samantha Williams (8-0) all rolled to wins.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).