MCHS up and down in region play
By Nick Nunn
The Morgan County High School varsity and junior varsity teams competed against region opponents the Oconee Warriors and the North Oconee Titans last week. The varsity boys’ team lost to Oconee 1-4 but turned it around to beat the Titans 4-1. The girls were able to outscore Oconee 3-2, but were swept by North Oconee 0-5.
Wolfgang Busenitz was the sole winner for the boys’ team against Oconee County, but, against North Oconee, Busenitz was only one of three boys to win their singles match, along with Sam Cooper and Caleb Plumley.
Sutton Trulock and Chan Courchaine also picked up a doubles win for Morgan against the Titans.
The girls’ varsity team was the only team to outdo Oconee this week. Katherine Rittenhouse earned a singles victory over the Warriors, while the pairs of Alex Ewing and Lily Arienzo and Alex Malone and Amelia Collier were able to score a couple of doubles wins.
“I thought we had a really good week of region tennis,” said varsity coach Greg Thompson. “I was pleased with the results considering we haven't had much court time due to the weather. We are not playing our best tennis right now, but are getting better each week which is the ultimate goal.”
“If we can keep that going and be playing our best tennis at the end of the year, I like our chances in the region. I can't say enough about what a hard working, great group of kids we have in our tennis program.”
The JV tennis team had a tough week. Against Oconee, both the boys’ and the girls’ teams racked up only three wins. Tom Ring won a singles match 8-4, Maggie Hume won her singles match 9-7, and Brayden Hutcheson and Mason Devane won their doubles match 8-2.
Devane also picked up a singles win against North Oconee, and Sarah Beth Taylor competed with Caroline Taylor for a 8-4 doubles win against the Titans.
The absence of lights at North Oconee’s court prevented Morgan County from picking up a third win; Chase Catterton and Grace Campbell were ahead 7-3 when play was broken off.
Monday, the JV team played a rematch against North Oconee, this time at home, and the varsity continued region play against Franklin County on Tuesday. Today, the varsity team will play Jackson at home beginning at 4:30.
Printed in the March 7, 2013 edition