The Warren County High School boys tennis team has grown accustomed to winning district titles, but the Pioneers didn’t take anything for granted this week in the individual District 6-AAA tournament.
Seniors Seth Grissom and Thomas Locke paired to win the doubles tournament, dispatching three teams on their way to the championship.
Grissom and Locke entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, but made quick work of a duo from Cookeville Monday.
In the first day of action, Grissom and Locke won 6-2 and 6-4 to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the Pioneer seniors faced Jonathan Griffin and Caleb Winton from White County.
Once again, the Pioneers won in straight sets. Grissom and Locke won both sets 6-3 and moved to the finals.
It was No. 1 versus No. 2 in the finals as Nick Gernt and John Gleason from Cookeville awaited in the finals.
Grissom and Locke avenged a loss against the Cavalier duo from earlier this season to win the championship.
The Pioneers won 6-2 and 6-4 as Locke won the doubles tournament for the third straight season and Grissom earned his second District 6-AAA championship. Grissom won the singles tournament last season.
The victory will advance Locke and Grissom into the individual tournament, where the pair will be joined by Warren County junior Bryce Caten.
Caten finished second in the individual tournament, winning three matches before falling to Lee Presson from Cumberland County in the finals.
Caten defeated Austin Holman from White County 6-1, 6-3, in the opening round. He went on to win in three sets over Daniel Koehl from Cumberland County in the quarterfinals.
Caten upset No. 2 seed Karim Odeh from Cookeville in the semifinals. Caten won the first and third sets 7-5 to advance to the finals.
Caten took Presson to three sets by winning the second set 6-2, but Presson won the third set 6-3 to win the title.
The victories were part of a big week for Warren County tennis. The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers had 11 members earn all-district recognition and freshmen Jake Hunt and Tomomi Yago received special recognition.
Hunt and Yago were named District 6-AAA freshmen of the year. Hunt also was a member of the first-team all-district singles and doubles teams, while Yago was first team in singles.
Grissom and Austin Sauer joined Hunt on the first-team All-District 6-AAA singles team. Caten was named to the second team.
Hunt and Mitchell Fuqua were first team in doubles.
Locke and Grissom were second team, as were Sauer and Will Marttala.
In girls play, Tanisha Ramirez, Elizabeth Oxley and Arenda Kiser were each selected to the second team in the All-District 6-AAA singles.
Ramirez and Oxley were named to the second team in doubles, joining Yago and Kiser.