Southern earns the first ‘Smash’ trophy
Randolph Southern won its first county championship and became the first owner of the traveling racket Saturday by staking claim the the 2020 Randolph County tennis title.
As a result, there will be a new banner soon hanging up in the school’s gymnasium and new trophy to showcase.
“We’ve had a lot of good players in the past, but we’ve really never had enough of them to do well as a team,” Randolph Southern coach Kyle Good said. “I told the guys at the beginning of the season that we have a window of opportunity. They have worked very hard any getting better and they’re playing with a lot more confidence. This is a big deal for us.”
The Rebels won two of the three singles spots and one of the two doubles positions to claim a close 3-2 victory over Union City in the third and decisive match of a four-hour affair at Randolph Southern.
County champions are Jake Good and Tyler Fink at number one and number two singles, Chase Jefferis of Union City at number three singles, Southern’s Hagan Gambrel and Jake Mifsud at number one doubles and Union City’s Parker Kerns and Corbin Richards at number two doubles.
There’s not a senior in the bunch.
“I’m happy for Southern,” noted Union City coach Doug Jefferis, in his seventh year in his second stint as Union City’s coach. “I’ve pretty with our guys this year because they’ve kind of overachieved and done pretty well. It’s good to see Southern doing well – I think it’s good for the county, Kyle’s done a nice job with the program.”
Union City defeated Winchester 4-1 in the first match of the day. Randolph Southern then defeated the Falcons 4-1 in the second round to set up a third and decisive match.
The Falcons lost several players to graduation and are clearly in a rebuilding season. Both Union City and Randolph Southern are also extremely young this season.
Union City, as well as Winchester, will all meet again in sectional play in the Jay County Sectional.