By Chris Goltermann
East Coweta’s boys and Northgate’s girls earned victories on Wednesday as county tennis lineups split matches at ECHS.
The Lady Vikings needed victories at both doubles positions along with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3 singles by Olivia Rankin to hold on for a 3-2 decision.
Northgate received a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles from Karrington Garrett and Cassandra Chahalis. A No. 2 tandem of Claire Baker and Alayna Roberts helped clinch the slim victory with a 6-2, 6-1 decision.
Wins from East Coweta’s girls came from Zaria Palmer and Lauren Hollenbeck.
The Indians won the boys match 5-0, picking up singles victories from returning players Luke Hoegger and Phillip Conaway to go with one at the No. 3 position from Dahun Im. All three won 6-0, 6-0.
Joe Lanave and Daniel Aralando contributed to a sweep in doubles with a 6-0, 6-0 win while playing at the No. 1 spot. East Coweta's No. 2 team won by a tiebreaker.
Trinity Christian 17, Union Grove 4: The Lions dominated a victory on Monday at home, behind seven goals and five assists from 2018 All-County Player of the Year Tanner Price.
Two more All-County standouts from last spring — Zach Jones and Danny Baird — also contributed to the scoring. Jones had four goals while Baird had two goals and an assist.
Baird equally dominated at the faceoff circle, winning 10 of 13 opportunities in the victory.
East Coweta boys 15, First Presbyterian Day 9: On the road Wednesday, the Indians opened the 2019 season with a victory while jumping out to leads of 5-2 and 8-4 after the first two quarters.
Both Jack Owens and Ben Easley had hat tricks by halftime, with Owens scoring three of East Coweta’s first five goals. Kalope Wingo had a goal and an assist by the break.
Owen DeBole also hit the scoresheet by halftime and Chase Swilley had a pair of assists to go with one from Jackson Millians.
The Indians maintained its pace in the third, taking a 13-8 lead to the final period.
Newnan 18, Union Grove 4: The Cougars dominated on the road, handing Union Grove its second loss of the week to a county opponent. Details were unavailable.
Newnan girls 5, Sandy Creek 0: The Lady Cougars stayed undefeated in a match pushed to Wednesday due to wet weather. It was Sandy Creek’s first loss of the season.
Newnan has outscored its first three opponents 18-3.
Newnan boys 4, Sandy Creek 0: The Cougars continued a strong start to 2019, staying unbeaten at 3-0-1, as senior keeper Rad Wyrick earned the shutout while handing Sandy Creek (2-1) its first loss.
Newnan boys 3, Central-Carroll 1: The Cougargs improved its record to 2-1 on the early season.
Newnan girls 10, Central-Carroll 0: The Lady Cougars dominated in its second consecutive mercy-rule victory.