Local tennis bragging rights have been captured by Warren County High School.
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers debuted with wins Tuesday over Covenant Academy. The Warren County boys won 5-2, while the Lady Pioneers took down the Lady Lions 7-2.
Experience benefitted Warren County, which had several players back from last year’s squad. Covenant, on the other hand, was playing the school’s first match.
The debut couldn’t have gone better for the Netherton family. David and Lydia Netherton were on the court for all four Covenant wins.
David, the Lions’ top player, won his singles match 6-1 over Briley Bouldin. He followed by teaming with Jackson Sauer to take down Bouldin and Dalton Bates 4-1.
On the girls side, Lydia topped Zoe Wilcher 6-3 before pairing with Lily Kell to topple Wilcher and Haleigh Arnold 4-1.
Warren County won the rest.
Ben Campos had a productive evening for the Pioneers, winning 6-3 in his singles match with David Nuthalopaty. Campos and Colin Riley were also victors in doubles, beating Nuthalopaty and Conner Wilson 4-2.
Other singles winners included Bates (6-1 over Sauer), Kaleb Bell (4-0 over Wilson) and Jorge Sifuentes (4-0 over Neal Patel).
MaryElla Lee led the Lady Pioneers. Lee never surrendered a set in either match, winning 6-0 over Reonna Pennington in singles and 4-0 in doubles when she teamed with Rachel Stewart.
Other singles matches included Arnold topping Leslie Vinson 4-3, Lady Pioneer Randi Apple winning 6-4 over Keel and Eric Cantrell downing Covenant’s Emma Randall 4-1.
Warren County’s final victory came in doubles, with Apple and Cantrell beating Lady Lions Sarah Sharpe and Olivia Ward 4-1.