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BHS tennis falls in state semifinals

Players on the Brookhaven tennis team advanced in the second round, but fell short in the state semifinals Wednesday afternoon in Oxford.

The boys’ singles, both boys’ doubles pairs and the mixed doubles pair were the ones to advance in the playoffs.

On Tuesday, the Panthers competed in the quarterfinals and three of the four teams competing advanced to the semifinals.

In boys’ singles, Daniel Panzica of Brookhaven defeated Anthony Scafide of Long Beach in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.

In the first boys’ doubles match, Will Moak and Dalton Fortado defeated Joshua Maughan and Cammie Moore of Grenada 6-4, 1-6, 7-6. In the second boys’ doubles match, Elijah Abel and Christopher Lee of Oxford defeated Braxton Wallis and Michael Haynes Hutson of Ole Brook in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.

In the mixed doubles match, Mackenzie Jackson and Cooper Patterson of Brookhaven defeated Reagan Salter and Bailey Simpson of Lewisburg 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.

In the semifinals on Wednesday, the three winning groups for Brookhaven all lost.

In boys’ singles, Darius Kent of Ridgeland defeated Daniel Panzica of Brookhaven in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

In the boys’ doubles match, the eventual state championship pair of Max Mauney and Ryan Mounce of Oxford defeated Will Moak and Dalton Fortado of Ole Brook in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

In the mixed doubles match, Macie Craddock and Micah Williams of Grenada took down Mackenzie Johnson and Cooper Patterson of Ole Brook in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.