Two aspiring boys tennis teams, one young and another smoking hot, met at the McCluskey Center for some Region 5-AAAA fun and games.
The more seasoned team won in a breeze and with some high fives on Thursday afternoon. LaGrange High dumped the Troup Tigers, 5-0. The LaGrange High boys, no stranger to winning streaks, have now won five matches in a row.
“We performed well. We took care of business, and we had more experience,” said Grangers head coach Kenny Moore.
Troup High was in the fight alright, but the Tigers found the canvas numerous times. The Tigers, who have just four boys in the tennis program, are 1-11 on the season and 1-5 in the region.
The Granger boys are a different kind of tennis beast. LaGrange High has region and state championship aspirations. The Grangers are 13-3 on the year and 5-0 in the region.
“We’re stout, and we have depth,” said LaGrange High sophomore Pierce Skinner. In a nice kind of way, Skinner took Troup’s JaQuon Jones to the cleaners. Skinner also won the match, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. It
was Granger time at Mc-Cluskey.
“I hit my serves, and I had some attacking shots. I feel good about my game,” said Skinner.
Jackson Kuerzi, the La-Grange High junior, was at his bouncing and dominating best as well. Kuerzi gave the Troup Tigers his respect. Kuerzi then won his match, 6-0, 6-0 against Troup High freshman Jackson Tucker.
In the No. 3 single matches – there wasn’t one. The Tigers defaulted, and the win went to LaGrange High senior Tiger Lakhwani.
Troup High also had to default at No. 2 doubles due to a lack of players. The win at No. 2 boys doubles went to the Granger team of Will Hunnicutt and Will Blakely. It was a clear case of Wills.
There was some rivalry tennis at No. 1 doubles, however. A pair of LaGrange High freshmen, Youngha Cho and Albert Kim, defeated the Tiger tandem of Darian Tucker and Bob Fricke.
Tucker is a junior, and Fricke is a sophomore. Troup High does have a future in boys tennis. The Tigers have some underclassman talent. They are also learning fundamentals and etiquette from Troup High head coach Tammy Green.
“We want to win, and we want to play our best. But I do insist upon good sportsmanship. We do not throw our (tennis) rackets,” said Green.
It is all a part of the game for the Tigers.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer