The East Fairmont and Fairmont Senior tennis teams started the season strong on Thursday.
The Bees boys’ and girls’ teams both picked up 5-2 wins over the rival North Marion Huskies. The Polar Bears followed it up by winning 6-1 in girls’ and boys’ competition against Liberty.
East Fairmont won all but one of the singles matches. Ben Costello defeated Carl Nichols, 8-4. Jordan Leonard topped Devan Hayes, 8-1. And Zack Henline picked up a win over Ryan Childs, 8-2.
North Marion’s Shawn Humphreys defeated Michael Moore, 8-6, for the Huskies’ singles victory.
In doubles, the Huskies took the battle of the top seeds, as Nichols and Childs defeated Costello and Andrew Smallwood, 8-6. The Bees picked up two more victories, though, when Leonard and Moore defeated Hayes and Humphreys, 8-2, and when Isaac Flohr and Evan defeated Justin Allen and Casey Scheaning, 8-0.
For the girls, East Fairmont also won three of four singles matches. Brittany Brummage won against Kate Doshier, 8-2. Erica Gorman topped Taylor Daft, 8-0. And Carrington Reese beat Dajia Jones, 8-1.
The Huskies picked up a win in singles play when their No. 2 singles player, C.J. Porter, beat Marcie Corder, 8-5.
In girls’ doubles, East’s Brummage and Gorman defeated Daft and Saccara Lee, 8-0. The Bees picked up another win when Ashley Grace and Marcie Corder topped Jones and Autumn Helgeson, 8-2.
The Bees’ lone loss in girls’ doubles came when East’s Cara Laswell and Reese retired with the score tied 4-4 due to illness, giving Doshier and Porter the forfeit victory.
East Fairmont tennis coach Rodney Anselene said he was pleased with the two wins against the county rival.
“The kids were excited about playing, and they played pretty well,” he said. “It’s something for us to build on.”
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For Fairmont Senior, Logan Orton rallied from behind to win first singles, 9-8. Blake Hoke, Taylor Campbell and Trey Giorcelli also picked up wins to help the Polar Bears finish perfect in singles competition.
In doubles, Campbell and Giorcelli picked up a win. Cody Brubaker and Isaac Cutright earned a forfeit victory. And the first-singles team of Logan Orton and Blake Hoke fell, 8-5.
In girls’ action, Megan Branch, Morgan Hoke and Avery Towns earned wins in singles.
Alissa Link and Branch picked up a doubles win, 8-6. Towns and Hoke won, 8-1. And Eviana Barnes and Megan Stephenson won, 8-3.
“The girls played very strong,” said Fairmont Senior coach Mark Giorcelli. “The work we put into is showing already.”