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D-B's Josie Rogers wins District 1-AAA tennis singles crown

Staff Report • May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

KINGSPORT — Mother Nature relented just enough on Wednesday that the District 1-AAA tennis tournament almost got done.

Champions were decided in three of the four divisions.

Dobyns-Bennett’s Josie Rogers cruised past Science Hill’s Leah Eddy 6-0, 6-0 to capture the girls singles crown.

The Lady Hilltoppers’ duo of Katie Deal and Hope Forbush played three matches Wednesday and took home the doubles title. They beat D-B’s Katie Heidt and Sarah Testerman 6-2, 6-1 in the finals.

Also, the D-B team of Kaleb Pittman and Kevin Peterson earned the boys doubles crown with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Science Hill’s Thomas Young and Colin Ice.

In boys singles, Tennessee High’s Matt Henson will take on Sullivan South’s Jimmy Nuckolls Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the finals.

Nuckolls had to play two matches on Wednesday and by rule it was his choice whether to play a third match. He opted to wait a day to take on Henson.

After finishing second in the state last year as a freshman, Rogers is ready to make another run at a state title.

“I’ve done everything I can to prepare myself for postseason,” said Rogers. “I’ve learned to calm down and play my game. Right now I feel confident.”

Deal and Forbush, who also finished second last year in the state doubles, won early in the morning, then Deal went back to Johnson City to take a 3½ hour exam.

When Deal returned, the dynamic duo reeled off a pair of impressive wins to become District 1-AAA champs.

“We spend so much time together both on and off the court that it has given us a real sense of how we mesh together when we play,” said Deal.

Forbush agreed.

“Our communications skills are better this year,” said Forbush. “We’re playing with more confidence and more authority.”

Pittman, a freshman and Peterson, a sophomore, showed no signs of youthfulness. They made the right moves at the right times.

“They broke us early,” said Peterson. “But we broke back and that gave us a lot of confidence.”

“It was a close, tough match,” added Pittman. “But our goal is to stay positive and have fun. I think we did that today.”

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