The 2022 state tennis competition took place on May 2 at the Rome Tennis Center. It was sunny and hot out, perfect weather for the competition to commence. The entire competition was a series of matches set up like a tournament. Varsity boys and girls competed at the same time as junior varsity, and there were both singles and doubles matches. To win singles, a team had to win four matches, and doubles had to win three. As teams won and lost matches, the brackets were narrowed down, and the number of matches going on went from almost fifty to around twenty by the end of the competition. Regionals came before the championship, and then the next week was state individual, and then state team.
Both the varsity and junior varsity teams did very well in the competition. Zachary Holton won Varsity State Champion for boys singles, Selah Regenstreif won runner-up Varsity State Champion for girls singles, Cade Richard and Noah Tanner won first place for varsity boys doubles and Sam Fickle and Seth Smith won second place for boys doubles. Cade Richard, Noah Tanner, Sam Fickle, Seth Smith and Alaina Howard won All-State Honors. It was a very competitive championship and the Knights used all of their skills learned over this last season. Overall, The King’s Academy high school tennis team took the top spot, winning the title of 2022 GAPPS State Champions. This makes TKA the tennis state champions for the ninth year in a row.
“We have such a talented team,” said Mrs. Ann Holton, a parent leader on the tennis committee. “This year we had seven freshmen that were new to the varsity team.”
This tennis season, the varsity team was influenced also by their coach.
“I can’t say enough fantastic things about Coach Jeff,” said Mrs. Holton. “He not only teaches them tennis but also character and sportsmanship, [and he gives] wise advice for life, as well.”
For JV, the girls placed second overall. Jill St. Onge placed second for girls singles, Cara Richard and Kenley Bampton placed first for girls doubles and Addison Oliver, Harrison Short, Jack St. Onge and Nathan Beck received awards for All-Tournament Player for advancing to the semi-finals. Overall, this year’s competition was a triumph for the junior varsity team and was the best they have done collectively in school history.