By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
The anticipation is mounting for local boys’ and girls’ high school tennis players who may have their lives change in a few weeks.
For East Fairmont’s team, tennis is a way of life. It’s something to be cherished, and winning is a necessity.
Because of the top-notch competition, East was able to place a top-5 finish in the region with a third-place finish. Oak Glen took home the team title with 22 points and Ritchie topped second with 17. East had 16 total points.
In singles action, East Fairmont’s Catherine Boyles received a bye in the first round, and in the second round she took on Alex McNabb from Ravenswood in a state qualifier match. That’s when Boyles hit shot after shot, using her counter-hand to score in crucial situations.
Boyles took the match, 8-3. She then moved on to the semifinals to face No. 1 seed Veronica Mueller from Ritchie. That’s when Boyles’ streak came to an end, losing 8-3.
Although she had been defeated, Boyles had one more shot for another chance. In the consolation match for third place, Boyles took on Haley Spurlock from Oak Glen and won 8-5, grabbing third place at the No. 1 singles position.
Then it was the Bees’ Skyler Morgan’s turn. She received a first-round bye and then had to face the No. 1 seeded Taylor Youell from Ravenswood.