Tennis teams at Henry County High School are starting off with different outlooks this spring.
The Patriots will need to replace four top seeds from last year’s district championship squad, while the Lady Patriots are returning four key players. Ed Gettys is starting his second season as the HCHS tennis coach.
Gettys thinks returning players senior Holden Beauregard and junior Brison Wimberley will have strong seasons.
“Even with the losses they should be very competitive this season. Beauregard should have a chance to be district singles champion,” Gettys said during a preseason interview.
That duo will get help from seniors Will Singleton and Cooper Barton. Junior players are Gavin Richardson and James Weatherly, while freshmen Will Wardlaw and Nate Case round out the squad.
Veteran players returning for the Lady Patriots include seniors Samantha Hopwood, Amiya Byars and Meg Gardner. Junior Anna Minor also started in every match last year. Two other players who saw action last season are junior Avary Wood and senior Annalise Williams.
Rounding out the roster are juniors Layla Richardson and Angel Taconi, sophomore Roberta Delagarza and freshmen Emma Mitchell and Mary Kate Coley.
“The girls finished third in the district last year, and they have a good chance of finishing higher this year,” Gettys said.
The Lady Patriots and Patriots will kick off the regular season on Monday at Clarksville Northeast. The first home match isn’t until March 19 when Martin Westview pays a visit to the city tennis courts adjacent to the HCHS campus.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was written by Ellie Culpepper, Micah Wofford and Jeremiah Rowland as a project in a class taught by Brian Welp at Grove School.