CHAPMANVILLE — Chapmanville Regional High School is building something of a tennis dynasty.
For the third consecutive season, the CRHS tennis teams have made history.
This past week, the boys and girls teams both surpassed the school record for wins in a season, as the girls team has moved to 16-3 on the year, and the boys to 15-3.
The previous best marks came recently for the tennis team as well, as the girls team won 15 matches in each of the past two seasons, including producing four state champions in the 2014 campaign, while the boys posted a 13-3 mark, breaking the record of 12 wins set by the 2012 Chapmanville boys team.
Chapmanville head coach Don Saunders said the program continues to grow.
“It’s incredible what these kids have been able to do,” he said. “I’ve been here 24 years and we’ve had some great teams and this team is right there with the best we’ve had. I’m very proud of them.”
CRHS assistant coach Geoff Saunders said the tennis team has been very productive and has a lot more left to accomplish.
“These kids have done a fantastic job so far this season,” he said. “They’ve beaten great teams from all over the state and should be proud of what they’ve done. But we’ve still got Cardinal Conference, regionals, and states ahead of us to show everyone what we can do.”
Over the past two weeks the Chapmanville teams have picked up a variety of wins against regional and conference opponents.
The Lady Tigers defeated Sherman 7-0 recently, winning every match 8-0.
Against Poca, the girls and boys team swept the Dots 7-0 for the second time this season. The Tigers also swept both meetings with the Sissonville Indians, as the girls and boys teams both won 7-0.
Chapmanville was also able to take both encounters over their Corridor G rivals the Scott Skyhawks. In the first meeting at Scott, the Tigers once again won every match, winning on the boys and girls side 7-0, and in the second meeting at Chapmanville the girls team once again won 7-0, while the boys won 6-1.
In girls’ singles action against Scott, No. 1 seed Cassidy Lewis won both meetings over Brooklyn Pridemore, 8-6 in the first match and 8-1 in the second encounter.
No. 2 seed Myla Bryant was an 8-1 winner over Lexi Trammell in both match one and two.
No. 3 seed Savannah Toney gutted out an 8-5 win over Scott’s Tabitha Blake in the first meeting, but took match two by the score of 8-3, while No. 4 seed Ciera Stowers took down Piper Cook both times with scores of 8-2 and 8-1.
In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Lewis and Toney won 8-0 and 8-1 in the two matches against Pridemore and Blake.
Chapmanville’s No. 2 team of Bryant and Sara Lambert won both their matches against Trammell and Cook by the score of 8-0, and Stowers and Samantha Williams equaled that feat at No. 3 doubles, as they defeated Tori Smoot and Caitlyn Berry of Scott 8-0 in both meetings.
On the boys’ side against Scott, No. 1 seed Austin Hanshaw won the first encounter with Scott’s Blake Chambers 8-2, but Chambers claimed the return engagement 8-3.
In No. 2 singles, Colton Townsend received 8-0 wins in both meetings.
In No. 3 singles, Brycen Kuenzel defeated Jordan Wheatley 8-3 in both matches, and in No. 4 singles Cody Saunders swept both matches against Zach Roop, winning 8-2 in the first match, and coming from behind to win 8-6 in the second match.
In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Hanshaw and Townsend took both matches against Scott 8-0, in the No. 2 doubles match Kuenzel and Saunders knocked off Roop and Wheatley 8-3 the first time, and then 8-4 in the second meeting, while Austin Evans and Kevin Hoops each claimed 8-0 wins in both matches versus Scott.
The girls’ team next took every match against one of the state’s perennial powers the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders, which won the state title just two years ago, as they picked up another 7-0 victory.
Against Williamstown, another former state champion tennis team, the Tigers were able to once again come out on top, as the girls won 6-1, while the boys won 5-2.
For the Lady Tigers, Lewis was able to claw back from a 6-4 deficit to defeat Ali Hoffman 8-6. Bryant upended India Flores 8-2, while Toney picked up and 8-4 win over Alexis Jones after trailing 3-0. Stowers was an 8-2 winner over Siara Deem.
In doubles, after falling 8-6 in No. 1 doubles play, Bryant and Lambert scored an 8-4 win over Flores and Aaliyall Enoch, while Stowers and Williams also were 8-4 winners over Deem and Iram Kingson.
The boys’ team dismantled a Yellow Jacket team that had won the team state title just two years ago, as Hanshaw defeated Andrew McGuffey 8-0, Kuenzel knocked off Rayne Someroille 8-0, and Cody Saunders was an 8-1 victor over Conner Walker.
In doubles, Kuenzel and Saunders cruised to an 8-1 win over Someroille and Walker, and Evans and Hoops picked up an 8-0 win as well. Townsend missed the match due to injury, forcing Chapmanville to forfeit that position in singles and doubles to Williamstown.
In the second meeting with Williamstown, the girls’ team again won 6-1, with the boys’ team winning by the same score.
Bryant was able to come from 5-1 down to win 8-6 over Flores. Toney edged Jones 8-5, while Stowers gutted out an 8-6 win over Enoch.
In doubles, Lewis and Toney defeated Hoffman and Jones 8-4, Bryant and Lambert were 8-3 winners over Flores and Enoch, and Stowers and Williams took their match over Kingson and Deem 8-3.
In the boys match, Hanshaw picked up an 8-0 win, Townsend came from behind to defeat Sam Yesantim 8-5, Kuenzel knocked off Someroille 8-2, while Saunders blanked Walker 8-0. In doubles, Hanshaw and Townsend and Evans and Hoops each won by the score of 8-0.
Chapmanville’s boys also picked up a big win against last season’s regional champions, as well as yet another former state championship club, the Huntington St. Joseph Irish, as Hanshaw defeated Nathan Porter 8-1.
Townsend took out Ryan Coplin 8-0, Kuenzel won a hard fought 8-4 match over Mark Reynolds, and Saunders defeated Brian Parker 8-1.
In doubles, Townsend and Hanshaw were 8-1 winners over Porter and Coplin, Kuenzel and Saunders were victorious over Reynolds and Parker 8-2, while Hoops and Evans knocked off Zane Pinson and Imed Meade 8-3.
The girls picked up wins from Bryant and Lambert in doubles against St. Joe’s Lannie Blatt, and Tatiana Schrader 8-3, and from Stowers and Williams who were also 8-3 winners over Megan Shepard and Kristen Steadman.
Chapmanville assistant coach and CMS head tennis coach Chris Kidd said it’s been great watching this group grow as players and people.
“It’s been so much fun watching them grow into great players and people,” Kidd said. “They compete extremely hard and have beat the best teams in the state year in and year out. I’m always impressed with how tough they are. A southern West Virginia tennis team isn’t suppose to do what they’ve done, and they overcome the odds every day. I’m always proud of them and love watching them play.”
The Chapmanville tennis teams were slated to face off against Parkersburg Catholic and Huntington St. Joe this week, and were scheduled to host the Cardinal Conference championships on Wednesday.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).