CHAPMANVILLE — Following last week’s double Cardinal Conference championships by the Chapmanville Regional High School boys and girls tennis teams, the Tigers are looking for more.
On Thursday, the Tigers are scheduled to get back into action in the Class AA regional tournament in Parkersburg.
CRHS is slated to face teams from Charleston Catholic, Parkersburg Catholic, Huntington St. Joe, Williamstown, Scott, Poca, Mingo Central, Sissonville, and Sherman.
The first serve is set for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. on Friday.
Chapmanville assistant coach Geoff Saunders said he was very proud of the team’s accomplishments last week.
“The kids played a phenomenal tournament,” he said. “What can I say. The girls winning all seven first place awards and the boys winning six first place awards and a runner-up award is incredible. I’m ready for the regional tournament. If we can play like we did in the Cardinal Conference tournament who knows how many we can send to the state tournament. It should be an exciting week.”
Overall the Lady Tigers won 14 matches in the Cardinal Conference tourney. The Scott girls came in second place with five wins, Poca was third with four wins, Mingo Central took two matches to finish fourth and Sissonville finished fifth with no wins.
On the boys side, Chapmanville claimed 12 matches while Scott placed second with seven wins, Mingo Central placed third with two wins, Sissonville came in fourth with one win, and Poca placed fifth with zero wins.
Assistant coach and CMS head tennis coach Chris Kidd said the wins show how far the program has come in the past several years.
“I’ve been here seven years now and I remember the first time we finished third in the conference tournament I was ecstatic,” Kidd said. “Those kids several years ago really paved the way for this group, and this group has taken advantage and worked so hard to put themselves in this position. I never imagined we would’ve had this much success when we first started out seven years ago with this group in middle school, but these kids are so resilient and overcome so much to compete with and beat the private schools and have become one of the top public schools in the entire state. They may not realize it now, but what they’ve been able to do against the level of competition they’ve faced is amazing. They deserve all the recognition they get.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).