The White County High School tennis teams brought the regular season portion of their schedule to an end with a trip to Stone Memorial, on April 24. The girls who had been swept by the powerful Lady Panthers earlier in the season played hard in all nine matches and were victorious in two of them. Catherine Gottlied and Lorelei Bouldin were winners as they defeated their opponents 8-4. Kate Frasier showed the determination that would rival many of her father’s football players, as she outlasted her talented adversary 9-7. The boys won their match with ease 9-0. The boys won a total of 72 games to just 26 games for Stone Memorial.
The girls’ team finishes the season with a winning record of 6-4 and will be the four-seed in the district tournament. The boys have a record of 8-2 and will be the three-seed. This is the first winning season for the teams in several years.
Sophomore Gabriel Wiles enters the tournament as the number- one-seed in the district. This is a huge accomplishment and is the first time that White County has had the number one seed since Cole Crossland’s senior year of 2017. Wiles has a singles record this year of 10-1. Wiles has a good chance to win district but must contend with strong players from both Warren County and Cookeville. When asked about his success on the court, Wiles was quick to talk about the importance of his team and their support. Wiles not only leads his team with his performance on the court, he also is a vocal encourager from outside the fence for each of his teammates. Wiles has been playing competitive tennis for a couple of years but has had a racquet in his hand for most of his life.
The district tournament will take start of May 4 on the campus of Cookeville High School. The Expositor will post match times so the community can come out and show support.
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