St. Joe edges Wesson netters

Published 6:17 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2011

JACKSON – The Wesson Cobras tennis team battled hard but fellone match short as the Madison St. Joseph Bruins won 4-3 in teamtennis action and escaped Parham Bridges Tennis Center in Jacksonwith the State 2A tennis crown.

“There aren’t enough words to express how proud I am of our wholeteam this year,” said Wesson coach Rod Martin. “From practices insub-40 temperatures in February to championship matches in the 90sthis week. The team has worked extremely hard to be No. 2 in thestate again this year.

“We played some excellent competition and came up a little short,but the kids played their hearts out. I could not have asked foranything more,” stated Martin.

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“After losing Macie Case and Ansley Schimmel to Co-Lin, no oneexpected us to repeat as South State champs.”

In individuals action, Wesson had three groups representing theCobras in this tournament. Zack Wilson and Cullen Greer finishedsecond in the tournament as they lost to Colton Thornton and DanielGiles of Union in the finals.

“I am also proud of Zach Wilson and Cullen Greer finishing insecond place in the state in boys No. 2 doubles,” continued Martin.”I am especially proud of Abigail Schimmel, Brandon Nettles andEmilio Collado, who ended up tied for third in the state for bothmixed doubles and boys singles respectively. I could not have askedfor more. They are a awesome group of ladies and gentlemen tocoach.”

Collado suffered a tough defeat in the semifinals of the boyssingles to the same opponent he faced in team action againstMadison St. Joe earlier.

Abigail Schimmel and Brandon Nettles represented the Cobras in themixed doubles and were defeated by Sarah Gardner and Grey Tedfordof Bruce.

Lady Hornets Second

The Loyd Star Lady Hornets, coached by Heather Watts, competed intwo individual events and finished in second place in the 2Atournament.

Alayna Smith and Carly Smith represented the Lady Hornets in sirlsNo.2 girls oubles and lost to Jordan Welsh and Neely Myers ofMadison St. Joe.

Melody Smith battled in the girls singles bracket for Loyd Star andlost in the finals to St. Joe’s Jenny Coffey.

Haley Wicker and Abby Morris represented Enterprise in girls No. 1doubles event and finished tied for third place. Wicker and Morrislost in the semifinals to Cortney McAdory and Molly Davis of EastWebster.

Enterprise is coached by Leah Brister.