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Sports: Warriors reclaim AA state tennis title

By Roger Greene
Coastal Observer

After a two year hiatus, the Waccamaw High boys tennis team was back in familiar position on Saturday. The Warriors defeated familiar foe Christ Church 4-3 at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Columbia to claim their fourth Class AA state championship in the last six years.

It was the Warriors' first state title since 2009 and the third time they have defeated the Cavaliers to claim the crown.

"Winning the championship is a point of pride for our program," Waccamaw coach James Brown said. "It upsets us when we don't have the trophy."

Waccamaw lost three of five singles matches before rallying to sweep No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Harrison Richmond and Joey Hewes dropped Thomas Johnson and Hayes Sherman 6-4, 6-1 to even the match and Paul Hendrix and Alex Czechner clinched the title by downing Harrison Parvey and Jim Yarborough 6-3, 6-4.

Neither of the Warriors' doubles combinations had teamed before in matches this season, but they got plenty of work in practice due to Brown's long-range vision.

"The way things played out today was on of the scenarios we'd been preparing for all season," Brown said. "We fell behind, but there was no panic. We put our doubles teams together just like we had planned. They had plenty of time practicing together and they stepped on the court and got it done. They did a great job."

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