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.
“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.”