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Carolina Academy girls’ tennis returns as title contender

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake City – The more things change, the more they stay the same. Like death and taxes, the Carolina Academy girls’ tennis program is expected to again contend for a state championship.

The program failed to reach the state finals a year ago but there is rarely a season when Carolina Academy is not in the final four mix.

This year’s team has been near perfect for the regular season, posting a 10-2 record overall and a 5-1 mark in conference play. They were slated to play Pee Dee Academy on October 4th, at press time.

Julie Weaver heads up the tennis program with a full varsity and full junior varsity roster.

Grace Weaver, a veteran of several seasons on the varsity, is the team’s number one singles performer this fall. Weaver teams with Elizabeth Askins, who plays number two singles, as the number one doubles team. Together the duo rates as one of the top doubles team in SCISA.

Margaret Matthews is playing three singles and Emma Hunt plays four singles. Together they make up the number two doubles team.

Rounding out the singles ladder are number five Meg McDaniel and number six Sophie Askins, who form the number three doubles team.

The junior varsity tennis team also is having a strong season with only a few losses during the regular season.

Playing number one singles for that team is Mary C. Cameron. Lake Kilman is playing number two singles while Payton Brown plays three singles.

Rachel Yarborough plays in the fourth singles position and Maggie Long is playing at number five. Ashlee Matthews and Hannah Palmer round out the singles ladder.

Cameron and Brown play one doubles while Kilman and Yarborough play number two doubles. Long and Madison Franks have played doubles, as have Caroline Cockfield and Ester Campbell.

 The volleyball team, coached by Candace Bradley, won four of their first 11 matches and will need a strong finish to advance into postseason play.

The football team, coached by T.J. Joye, is 2-3 at the midway point of this season. The Bobcats have early victories over The King’s Academy and Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. The losses have come to Dorchester Academy, John Paul II and Robert E. Lee Academy.

Running back Tyson Brand has rushed for more than 570 yards this season, posting big games in the two wins. Brand rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Christian Academy, and added 215 yards and two scores in the win over The King’s Academy.

Among the top defensive leaders this fall to date are Jeremiah Brunson, Brad Tucker, McKenzie Amos and Spencer Boyington.

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