PARKERSBURG -The dynasty continues for the Jackson Middle School tennis program.
On the final day of the Wood County Middle School Championships at Erickson All-Sports Facility, the Generals' boys and girls tennis teams continued their assault after winning both titles.
Both divisions scored 20 points and won by a 12-point margin. For the Jackson girls, the streak of consecutive championships was extended to 17 straight, while the Generals now have accounted for 15 of the last 16 boys titles.
Jackson’s No. 1 singles player Sheridan White returns a backhand in her finals match with Marietta’s Katie Kitchen during Tuesday’s Wood County Middle School Championships at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. White defeated Kitchen, 6-1, 6-2. (Photo by Kerry Patrick)
It was only fitting that the number of individual titles resembled a tennis score as the Generals won 6 and lost just one on both the boys and girls side for coaches Heidi Asbury and Jeff Olson.
Several Jackson individuals received first-place medals for championships in both singles and doubles. In the boys division, Landon Wells defeated Marietta's Cory Noel 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles then paired up with Noah Chidester for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory against Blennerhassett's Jesse Osborn and Nick Sanders at No. 2 doubles.
Earlier in the afternoon, Chidester defeated Marietta's Alex Perrucci 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
Three Jackson girls also were double-winners. At No. 1 singles, Sheridan White handled Marietta's Katie Kitchen 6-1, 6-2 then joined Katie Stanley for a 6-2, 6-1 win against Edison's Allison Curry and Lily Wright at No. 1 doubles.
Stanley upheld her top-seed by dispatching Marietta's Bryce Macatol 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
Another No. 1 seed for Jackson, Alex Olson outlasted Edison's McKayla Lawson 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 at No. 4 singles then experienced another tiebreaker with partner Ashley Casto at No. 2 doubles before prevailing 7-6 (7-5) , 6-3 against Edison's Madison Matheny and Lawson.
The two biggest surprises of the day occurred in the boys No.2 doubles and girls No. 3 girls matches.
White and Ethan Powers of Edison lost to Jackson's Neema Saadevandi and Shayan Ghodsi 8-2 during the regular season but answered with a 6-4, 6-4 win against the same twosome at No. 1 doubles.
Another No. 2 seed pulling off a win against the top seed took place at the girls No. 3 singles when Blennerhassett's Ally Monroe defeated Jackson's Shae Woodburn 7-5, 6-2. During a regular season meeting, Woodburn won 9-8 (7-2).
Rounding out the champions in the girls division - Woodburn and Charity Farley of Jackson defeated Edison's Adeena Shears and Sophia Miller 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3.
As for the boys, the top seeds held true to form for Jackson at No. 1 singles where Saadevandi defeated Ben White 6-2, 6-1, and again at No. 2 singles where Ghodsi defeated Hamilton's Aaron White 6-2, 6-3. Same for No. 3 doubles where Jackson's Andrew Gnegy and Joel Larson ended an impressive run by Perrucci and Tyler Wise of Marietta 6-2, 6-1. The previous day, Perrucci and Wise kept their sixth seed alive into the finals with wins over a three and a two seed.