Prep Roundup: Etowah rebounds from first defeat
by Tribune staff reports
March 19, 2014 04:01 AM | 1210 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Etowah’s boys tennis team rebounded from its first loss by winning 5-0 on Tuesday at Milton.

Five days after losing to archrival Woodstock, all five of the Eagles’ wins were in straight sets.

Kevin Mendes didn’t allow a game at No. 1 singles, while Jake Pollack had a tougher battle before winning 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2. Briggs Darrah won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3.

Ryan Templet and Eric Matthews won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, with the No. 2 team of Tom Wallner and Jason Bayley winning 6-4, 6-2.

Etowah (9-1, 5-1) will travel to Walton on Thursday for a battle of potential Region 5AAAAAA contenders.

Late Saturday

River Ridge finishes as runner-up:
The Knights went 3-1 in the Granger Invitational Tournament to finish second.

The only setback for River Ridge came in a 3-2 loss to Calhoun in the championship match. Jack Hicks won his match at No. 3 singles, while the No. 2 doubles team of Matt Polley and Gabe Mims also won.

In order to reach the championship match, River Ridge defeated Westover 5-0, East Coweta 5-0 and Dalton 3-0. The match against Dalton was called after three matches because of rain.


Etowah 3, Milton 2:
Where the Lady Eagles did prevail in the Region 5AAAAAA match, they did so rather easily.

Sam Kaczaral won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while Nikki Gilner won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3. Keegan Casteel and Alisa Cruickshank won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Etowah (7-2-1, 5-2) will travel to North Cobb on Thursday for a non-region match.


Late Monday

Cherokee 3, Wheeler 0:
Aaron Veres pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Warriors to a victory in their first region game.

Veres scattered six hits, struck out five and did not allow a walk in the win.

Logan Hornback got on base three times on a hit and two walks. He also scored two of Cherokee’s three runs.

Ty Irvin added a hit and a run.

The Warriors (5-6, 1-0 Region 5AAAAAA) will complete the home-and-home series today when they travel to Wheeler.
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