By Kyle Lovern
The Mingo Central boys defeated Class AAA Lincoln County High School 4 - 2, while Central girls lost 1 - 6 in their first tennis match of the season on Saturday. No. 2 singles seed Kyle Surber won his match 8- 2, while No. 4 seed Steven Clark won 8 - 0. Surber and Julius Hatcher, the No. 1 seed in doubles, had a big win, 8- 6; while Mingo’s Brennon Slone and Clark, the No. 2 seed in doubles won 8 - 0.
Maria Ramey, the No. 2 seed, won her match 8 - 5 for Central’s only girl’s win. The No. 1 seed in singles, Emily Hatfield, lost 5 - 8; while the No. 4 seed in singles, Kaitlyn Johnson, lost 6 - 8. The No. 3 seed in doubles, Johnson and Ariel Ritchie, lost 4 - 8.
“The matches we lost could have gone our way,” Coach Julius Hatcher said “The girls really were impressive for the first match of the year. We played them last year and took a beating. Coach Hager (of Lincoln High School Coach) said, “Wow, you guys have improved.”
Their next match was scheduled for Tuesday at Scott, weather permitting.