CHAPMANVILLE — Six members of the Chapmanville Regional High School tennis team have qualified for this week’s Class AA-A state tournament after fine showings over the weekend in the regional meet at Parkersburg.
Both the Chapmanville boys and girls took third place in the team standings. Charleston Catholic won the regional title on both the boys and girls sides.
CRHS sophomore and No. 1 seed Austin Hanshaw will be making his first appearance in the state tournament as will senior and No. 2 seed Colton Townsend.
On the girls’ side, some familiar faces will be making the trip back to Charleston, as 2014 state champions and juniors Cassidy Lewis, Myla Bryant and Sara Lambert will all be vying for a second state crown as they all will be making their second appearance in the state tournament.
Lewis will compete for Chapmanville in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while Bryant will be fighting her way through the No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles draws.
Lewis and Bryant are two of only five Chapmanville girls to ever qualify for singles and doubles in the same season. Lambert, who won the state tournament in doubles with Bryant as her partner two years ago, will join her once again, this time in the No. 2 doubles position.
Also making her first state tournament appearance is sophomore Savannah Toney, who qualified with Lewis in the No. 1 doubles position in her first full season playing in the top six slots.
Chapmanville head coach Don Saunders was very happy with his team’s play the regional tourney, which was held in both Parkersburg and Marietta, Ohio.
“It was tough because it rained on Thursday and we had to go 30 minutes further up the road to Marietta to play and we were there until 10:30 at night and had to be back on court in Parkersburg at 9 a.m. the next morning, but the kids played phenomenally,” he said. “To qualify six in the toughest region in Class AA/A where almost every state champion seems to emerge from each season is a great accomplishment.”
Chapmanville qualified the second most players for the state tournament out of this powerhouse region that includes state champion clubs Charleston Catholic, Parkersburg Catholic, Huntington St. Joe and Williamstown.
Charleston Catholic qualified in every position, with the Tigers next in line with six.
Parkersburg Catholic will be going to state in five spots, Huntington St. Joe in four positions, the Scott Skyhawks will fill two slots, while Williamstown will represent one position. Poca, Mingo Central, Sissonville, and Sherman all saw their season come to end last week.
The state tournament gets under way Thursday morning at 8 a.m. at the Schoenbaum Tennis Courts in Charleston. The tourney concludes on Saturday with the championship matches.
— Look for more on the Chapmanville tennis team in Wednesday’s Logan Banner sports section.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).