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Chester County High School Boys Tennis win sectionals and make history

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By Kendall Patterson

The Chester County High School Boys Tennis Team made school history as the first tennis team to advance to the state tournament when they defeated Huntingdon in the Sectionals Championship match on Thursday, May 19. They played in the state tournament this week. Pictured left to right in the back is Coach Mike Showers, Zane Bolton, Garret Romero, Clayton Austin, Nathan Britt, Ethan Mullins, Austin Ketchum, Gavin Johnson and Coach Debbie Hames. Players kneeling are Evan Eads and Carter Welch.

In a tennis match with everything on the line to advance to the state tournament in Murfreesboro, the Chester County High School Boys Tennis Team kept their undefeated record after defeating Huntingdon in the Sectionals Championship match.
Not only did they win the match, they defeated Huntingdon during singles, 4-0.
Eagles players and parents went wild when Nathan Britt won his tie-breaker match to seal the win for Chester County.
Earlier on, it seemed as if the match against Huntingdon would go into doubles but Britt’s win won it for the Eagles.
So this week, the boys team make their first appearance in the state tournament as a team in Chester County history.
Individuals have made it to the state tournament, but it has never been done as a team.
Coaches Mike Showers and Debbie Hames have been waiting for this their entire coaching careers of about 26 years, so this was a huge win for them.
Showers and Hames said that they never had a memory like the one they experienced that afternoon.
With tears of joy for their athletes, Showers and Hames expressed how they felt that this 2022 Boys Tennis Team has reached state.
Showers told his team this win was different than winning district or region.
“We’ve done that before, but this is different,” Showers said.
“This is totally awesome.,” Hames said. “They fought so hard. They were focused. They did what they had to do, and we’re just so proud of them. We told them to leave it all out there and they did. We’re just extra proud.”
Showers and Hames continued having faith in the team’s ability at state. They said this team had the potential to win it all.
“They can compete at state level,” Showers said.
“We got the team to do it,” Hames said. “They’ve got the heart.”
Read the Chester County Independent next week to find out the results from the state tournament.

The individual photos are the CCHS Boys Tennis players as competing during the Sectionals Championship.

Evan Eads
Ethan Mullins
Clayton Austin
Nathan Britt
Carter Welch

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