The East Webster Wolverines weren’t satisfied to just be good or have a successful season. They wanted to go all the way to State – and they did in a big way.
As a team, the Wolverines won district and marched through playoffs, defeating Madison St. Joe and Union to play for the State Championship against Clarksdale.
The Wolverines didn’t slow their pace in the championship round, sweeping Clarksdale 7-0 to take top honors in 2A tennis.
Staying at State
Individually, every team member advanced to State in their respective competitions including boy’s singles, girl’s singles, boy’s doubles, girl’s doubles and mixed doubles.
And three teams made the semi-finals with two of them finishing on top.
Hayden Hill won over Brook Payne of Union, 7-5, 6-1, to earn her State Championship in girl’s singles and the mixed doubles pairing of Samuel Butler and Holly Ellis defeated Matthew Harkey and Lucy Loveless of Madison St. Joe, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, to earn their first-place medals.
In boy’s doubles, John T. Champion and Rhett Parker took second place to Nick Hembree and Holt Stockett of Madison St. Joe but it took three sets to stop the Wolverines. Champion and Parker won the first set, 6-4, but fell 4-6, 2-6 in the next two, taking the runner-up position.