Newton teams bumped from state

COVINGTON - Tennis for all three Newton County teams ended abruptly in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday.


Evans 3, Alcovy 0

The Alcovy girls team lost in the first round of the Class AAAA tennis playoffs, losing all three singles rounds to Evans.

Losing at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles were Leah Anderson, Mary Ruth Davis and Kimberly Rary.

The doubles teams of Jordan Shull and Stephanie Waits (No. 1) and Katie Neihoff and Alora Fuller (No. 2) never got the chance to finish their games.

Alcovy finished the season with an overall record of 9-9, 6-2 in Region 4-AAAA.

Anderson finished the season with an overall record of 14-3. Davis finished with a record of 7-7 with Rary finishing at 6-5 for singles and 4-1 for doubles.

Shull's record was 6-8 at doubles, Waits was 4-5 for doubles and 2-3 for singles while Fuller and Neihoff were 8-3 doubles.

"With the loss of six seniors, there will be holes to fill," coach Marcia Lynn Johnson-Watkins said. "But I am confident in next year because I have a solid group of girls that will be returning. There will be good competition amongst the girls to fill these spots."

Tift County 5, Newton 0

The Tift County girls tennis team took the first step toward another trip to the semifinals after beating Newton 5-0 on Wednesday.

"They were extremely strong and dominated the match," coach Michael Bryan said. "I am very proud of the effort of each of my players this year. We only had two returning varsity players and still managed to make the state playoffs. Our team is extremely young and really improved over the course of the season. If the girls work hard to improve during the offseason, we should have a strong team next year."


Valdosta 5, Newton 0

The Newton boys tennis team was quickly knocked out of the Class AAAAA tennis tournament, losing to Valdosta 5-0 in the opening round of the playoffs.

No. 1 singles Mark Mote and No. 2 singles Gavin Gates were the only players to win a set against the Wildcats.

Mote lost his match 6-1, 6-1 while Gates played a 6-0, 6-1 match.

No. 3 singles Donovan White and both doubles teams, Chris and Casey Williams at No. 1 and Ricky Moore and Grady Smith at No. 2, lost 6-0, 6-0.

"Region 1 has produced most of the Final Four tennis teams in the state playoffs the last few years, so the lopsided results were not that surprising," coach Andy Clink said. "I thought the team played well and they handled themselves very well in the tough matches."