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Heritage dominates all-region tennis team
Smith, Landy named top coaches in 8-AAAA

CONYERS - The Heritage tennis teams dominated Region 8-AAAA this spring, claiming both the boys and girls titles.

So it should come as no surprise that both teams are well-represented on the 8-AAAA All-Region Tennis Teams, which were voted on by the region's tennis coaches.

All told, the Heritage squads combined for four first-team and four second-team selections as well as two honorable mention picks.

Heritage coaches Chuck Landy and Brian Smith swept the 8-AAAA coaching honors.

On the boys team, senior Jonathan Stone was a first-team selection. Stone has been standout for three seasons at No. 1 singles for the Patriots. The Heritage No. 1 doubles team of Frankie Merkel and Erik Lauritsen also earned first-team honors.

Heritage junior Zach Landy was a second-team pick after turning in a strong season at No. 2 singles. He was joined on the second team by the Patriots' No. 2 doubles tandem of Cody Provence and Trey Calcinore.

Rockdale's Shoman Kasbekar also earned a second-team selection.

On the girls team, Heritage's Taylor Maloney, Callie Alford and Amanda Voyles earned first-team selections. Maloney played No. 1 singles for the Lady Patriots, while Alford and Voyles teamed up at No. 1 doubles.

Heritage freshman Alix Maloney was a second-team choice along with her teammates Keeli Smith and Kaylee Humphries. Maloney made a big splash in her first season for the Lady Patriots at No. 3 singles. Smith and Humphries were a strong duo at No. 2 doubles.

Salem's Kinsley Black also earned second-team honors. She played at No. 1 singles this spring for the Lady Seminoles.

Heritage's Stephanie Humphries and Joey Roppo were named honorable mention in singles.

In doubles, Salem's Kerrie Grunnett and Randi Estes and Rockdale's Sammy Girardot and Mei Lin were honorable mention.

Smith, the Girls Coach of the Year, guided the Lady Patriots on a magical run this spring. The Heritage girls claimed the first region title in school history and made their deepest run in state competition, advancing all the way to the Class AAAA Final Four. The Lady Patriots finished with a 20-4 record, their first 20-win season in school history.

Landy was the Boys Coach of the Year after guiding Heritage to its third straight region title and its third consecutive Class AAAA Elite Eight appearance. The Patriots finished the season with a 17-6 record.

SideBar: 8-AAAA All-Region Tennis

Boys

First Team

Singles

Josh Smith, Clarke Central; Jonathan Stone, Heritage; Josh Donaldson, Cedar Shoals

Doubles

Frankie Merkel-Erik Lauritsen, Heritage; Daniel Crumbley-Jake King, Winder-Barrow

Second Team

Singles

Zach Landy, Heritage; Shoman Kasbekar, Rockdale; Eveguinea Vinogrodov, Loganville

Doubles

Cody Provence-Trey Calcinore, Heritage; Jake Scarborough-Chris Dove, Madison County

Honorable Mention

Singles

Joey Roppo, Heritage; Jared Frost, Winder-Barrow; Tayler Gunnett, Loganville; Zach King, Winder-Barrow; Caleb Irby, Habersham Central; Blaise Boleman, Madison County

Doubles

Randall Padgett-Stephen Fialko, Loganville; Connor Hancock-Josh Dooley, Madison County; Jamie Heglund-John Meyne, Apalachee

Girls

First Team

Singles

Kate Lanier, Habersham Central; Molly Smith, Madison County, Taylor Maloney, Heritage

Doubles

Callie Alford-Amanda Voyles, Heritage; Sarah Powers-Sam LaZear, Madison County

Second Team

Singles

Kinsley Black, Salem; Jeannie Bowen, Madison County; Alix Maloney, Heritage

Doubles

Evan Adams-Jessie Speight, Winder-Barrow; Keeli Smith-Kaylee Humphries, Heritage

Honorable Mention

Singles

Stephanie Humphries, Heritage; Heather Prosise, Loganville; Leah Craft, Winder-Barrow; Audra Minish, Madison County; Emily Hubbard, Clarke Central

Doubles

Alexia Supakorndej-Kaitlyn Hale, Madison County; Kerrie Grunnett-Randi Estes, Salem; Sammy Girardot-Mei Lin, Rockdale