The Apalachee and Winder-Barrow High School tennis teams usually battle twice a year but they had never met with as much at stake as last Thursday in Gainesville: the Region 8-AAAAA tournament championship.
On a day that showcased the emerging talent in Barrow County, the Wildcats nipped the Net Doggs 3-2 to secure Apalachee’s first-ever region tournament title.
“It’s a great day for Barrow County tennis,” said AHS head coach Dan Woschitz, “Winder-Barrow is so tough and we’re fortunate to beat them. Hats off to Coach Farmer and all the boys. They are our friends and it’s good competition. They are fierce on the court but on the next day they will all be friends again. It’s just a great day for Barrow.”
It marked the third time the teams faced off in the past month, and it followed a familiar script as Apalachee swept singles play to clinch the win.
Winder-Barrow’s No. 1 doubles team of Bailey Brock and Jacob Lyle were first off the courts after posting a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Trey and Davis Hayes to give the Net Doggs an early 1-0 lead.
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The Battle of Barrow resulted in a draw on the tennis courts Monday as the Apalachee High School boys topped Winder-Barrow High School 4-1 while the WBHS Lady Net Doggs defeated the AHS Lady Wildcats by an identical score.
AHS swept singles play in the boys match with Chandler Hagan posting a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Michael Colosimo at No. 1, Eli Hagan prevailing 6-1, 6-0 over Gable Peacock at No. 2 and Christian Perez topping Isaac Johnson 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.
Jacob Lyle and Bailey Brock posted the lone Net Doggs win at No. 1 doubles to remain unbeaten in Region play with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Trey Hayes and Davis Hayes.
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On Tuesday night before a packed booster club meeting, Winder-Barrow High School head football coach Heath Webb announced former University of Georgia and National Football League standout Boss Bailey as the latest addition to his staff.
“If you’re a Georgia fan, you know his name and you know his face,” said Webb. “We’re super happy to have Coach Bailey on board.”
Bailey, a native of Folkston, brings impressive credentials to the WBHS program.
A three-year starter at Georgia and member of the 2002 SEC Championship team, he was a first-team All-SEC linebacker as well as a semifinalist for the Butkus and Lombardi Awards as a senior. [Full Story »]