By Kyle Lovern
Mingo Central senior tennis player Kyle Surber has made it to the state tournament for the second straight year.
Surber, the No. 2 seeded player on the Miner’s team, beat Parkersburg Catholic’s No. 2 Seed 8-4.
“The whole team played very well, we had three other matches that lost which were semis and would have went to the state tourney,” said Coach Julius “Boo” Hatcher.
Julius Hatcher, IV, the No.1 seeded player, lost 8-2 to Charleston Catholic in the semi-finals.
“I felt if we had been able to play them during the regular season Julius would have won. This kid has worked hard to get his game ready for this moment. He broke the Charleston Catholic player twice, but his service game let him down. I am a very proud coach and father,” said the elder Hatcher.
Maria Ramey, the No. 2 seed in girls, lost in her semi-finals 8-6 to Huntington St. Joe.
“She really was just exhausted,” Hatcher said. “Playing in two doubles matches and two singles matches is hard. Ramey gave all she had out there.”
In doubles action, Kaitlyn Johnson and Ariel Ritchie, the No. 3 seeds in doubles, lost 8-6 to Huntington St. Joe.
“They played some good tennis out there - both teams. Johnson and Ritchie have gotten better over the season,” the MCHS coach said.
‘To have one player advancing to state tourney and three matches that went to the semis, I am very proud of this team. We have had an awesome season and it’s not over yet,” Hatcher said.
Surber is participating in the state tourney today.
(The WDN will have those results in a later article.)
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)