FROM STAFF REPORTS
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight members of the Keyser Golden Tornado tennis team storm into Charleston Thursday seeking to blow past the competition and capture their ultimate goal at the West Virginia Class AA-A State Tournament.
Four girls and four boys earned their way to the state tournament after finishing high enough in the Region 2 finals Saturday in Clarksburg. The team of Kari Amtower and Megan Freeburn won the region title at No. 3 doubles, and Amtower made it two championships by also winning at the No. 4 singles. Carolina Rascon and Cecil Burner worked their way into the state tournament by winning the regional championship in the No. 2 doubles bracket.
Two of the four boys traveling to the state tournament won regional titles, as Daniel Lewis and Justin Proper will take a crack at winning a title as the top-seeded team in the No. 3 doubles slot. Jacob Shumaker not only earned his way to the state tournament in No. 2 singles, but also partnered with Joel Whitlock at the No. 1 doubles slot.
Amtower beat Petersburg’s Madison George in the in the semifinals and Grafton’s Maddie Hill (8-2) to win her singles title.
Amtower and Freeburn downed Grafton’s Taylor England and Hannah Gilbert in the in the semis and beat Moorefield’s Stephanie Myers and Mallory Sisler 8-2 for the No. 3 doubles crown.
Burner and Rascon had some closer fights in their path, beating Bridgeport’s Emily Hefner and Allie Lamm in the semifinals and topping Grafton’s Brittany Alexander and Savannah Thorn, 8-6.
Shumaker beat Edgar Castro in the No. 2 singles semifinals before falling to Orry Brooks of Lincoln, 8-4, in the finals. With Whitlock as his partner, the two lost in the semifinals of the No. 1 doubles, but rebounded to beat Castro and Jesse Spear 8-3 in the consolation bracket to ean their way to states.
Lewis and Proper will be the top-seeded team in the No. 3 doubles after beating Lincoln’s Herbie Vance and Jake Harbert in the semifinal round and stopping Rex Underwood and Emery Smith of Bridgeport 8-5 in the finals.
Play begins as early as 9 a.m. on Thursday, with the tournament continuing through until Saturday. The format, for the most part, has the first-round matches being decided by the first player to reach eight points. The final rounds are played as a best-of-three series.
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