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For the first time ever, the South Brunswick High School boys’ tennis team has won in the state playoffs.
South, coached by John Walls, beat Washington 6-3 on May 1 in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state tournament.
South won four singles matches and two doubles matches.
An important singles victory was by Noah Pieper at No. 5, as he won a tiebreaker 10-8.
Edwin Burnett and Patrick Evans won a close match at No. 1 doubles, taking the victory 10-8.
Singles: Connor Wilkins (W) def. Edwin Burnett 6-4, 6-4. Patrick Evans (SB) def. Luke Harris 6-4, 6-4. Gabe Azzato (SB) def. Lee Pinkham 6-3, 7-5. Caleb Stanley (SB) def. Lee Hodges 7-5, 6-2. Noah Pieper (SB) def. William Page 4-6, 7-5, (10-8). Sam Grimes (W) def. Joey Kronenwetter 3-6, 4-6.
Doubles: Burnett-Evans (SB) def. Wilkins-Harris 10-8. Azzato-Stanley (SB) def. Hodges-Page 10-6. Pinkham-Grimes (W) def. Pieper-Zack Keesee 10-5.
Burnett, Evans qualify
for state tennis
WILSON—South Brunswick tennis players Edwin Burnett and Patrick Evans qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state playoffs by finishing third in the Class 3A East Regional May 4 at Barton College.
The South team, seeded No. 2, opened the regional by beating Northern Nash’s Tremel Davis and Josiah Marshall 7-5, 6-2. South then won a quarterfinal, beating South Central’s Brett Congleton and Chandler Butler 6-4, 6-1.
In a semifinal, Fike’s Phillip Packard and Drayton Williams beat the South team 7-5, 6-4. The South team won the consolation final, beating Julian Marrero and Eric Joyner of Northern Nash 6-4, 6-3.
West Brunswick’s Jason Watts finished 1-1 in singles and did not qualify for state. He beat Hertford County’s Aaron Freeman 6-0, 6-0. Top seed Chaz Fitzpatrick of Eastern Wayne then beat Watts 6-0, 6-0. Fitzpatrick went on to win the championship.