Americus-Sumter tennis teams split with Hawkinsville

Published 9:04 pm Monday, March 25, 2019

From Staff Reports


HAWKINSVILLE – It was another day of mixed results for the Americus-Sumter Panthers and Lady Panthers’ tennis teams. The Panthers defeated the Red Devils 4-1, but the Lady Panthers lost a hard-fought match by the score of 3-2 on Monday, March 25, at Hawkinsville High School.

The Lady Panthers’ No. 1 singles player, Teigan Pepito, lost her match to McKenzie Mullis 8-2. Kirby Perry, the No. 2 singles player for ASH, lost 8-2 to Caroline Holland. Rebecca Ingle was the only ASHS singles player to earn a win. She defeated Sloan Grinstead 8-6.

In doubles action, the Lady Panthers’ team of Hannah Martinez/Taylor Garcia lost to Nadia Sloan/Belle Owens 8-3. However, the ASHS duo of Israel Broomfield/Courtney Dew defeated the Hawkinsville duo of Sarah Beth Barker/Lauren Davis 8-4.

The Americus-Sumter varsity girl’s tennis team fought extremely hard, but came up short against Hawkinsville, losing by the score of 3-2.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

On the boys’ side, the Panthers dominated as they won 4-1. Aaron John Ndaayezwi got things started off right for ASHS when he defeated Walker Woods 8-4. Zach Johnson followed that up with an 8-5 victory over Nate Black, giving the Panthers a 2-0 advantage.

Keaston Shepard fell to the Red Devils’ Nathan Belcher 8-4, but ASHS still had a 2-1 lead going into doubles action.

The ASHS doubles team of Chris Wooden/Keldrick Flemming defeated the Red Devils’ duo of Tucker Johnson/Justin Pharr 8-2 to seal the victory for the boys’ team.

The Panthers finished off the victory as the doubles team of Aaron Lewis/Chandler Reddix defeated Gabe Sangster/Seth England by the score of 8-2.

The Panthers and Lady Panthers’ next matches will be on Tuesday, April 2, at Marion County at 4 p.m. Their next home matches will be the following day on Wednesday, April 3, against Crisp County. The matches begin at 4:30 p.m.