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Broncos sweep region tennis titles

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips<br> Brookwood's Leah Pridgeon returns a serve from Parkview's Cara Motz during the Region 8-AAAAA championship Wednesday at Rhodes Jordan Park.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Brookwood's Leah Pridgeon returns a serve from Parkview's Cara Motz during the Region 8-AAAAA championship Wednesday at Rhodes Jordan Park.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Brookwood's six-year run of Region 8-AAAAA girls tennis titles came to an end last year.

The Broncos made sure they started a new streak Wednesday at Rhodes Jordan Park.

Brookwood handed Parkview a 3-0 defeat to reclaim the title, a year after Grayson dethroned them, while the Brookwood boys won their fifth title.

"We really wanted to make sure we won the region this year. It was disappointing that we didn't last year," Brookwood coach Nikki Cowart said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Molly McClintock and Katie Headland were the first off the court with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Amanda Bantug and Megan Nelms. The Broncos' (15-4) Leah Pridgeon gutted out a grueling two-hour victory over Cara Motz at No. 1 singles, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Keelie Denson clinched the region title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Abbie Nelms at No. 2 singles.

"We felt pretty good coming in," Cowart said. "Parkview is a good team and is always tough."

Brookwood's boys won the region title for the fifth straight year, beating Parkview 3-0. It was the seventh time the two teams met in the finals and Brookwood has won the last five.

"I'm grateful every time we win this," Brookwood coach Heath Hinton said.

Brookwood graduated six seniors and has only one senior starter in Randy Phillips. He defeated Judd Motz at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-2. The No. 1 doubles team of Matt Jones and Drew Wendel beat Tim Levengood and Patrick Massey 6-4, 6-2. That left Mark Guentert to seal the win at No. 2 singles. The junior picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sunny Tran.

You wouldn't have known Brookwood won the title as there was hardly any celebration. It was business as usual for the Broncos, who haven't lost a region match since the 2006 region finals.

"I tried to tell them to be ready ahead of time, but they felt very confident," Hinton said.

Brookwood enters the state playoffs with a 19-1 record and the lone loss came to Class AAAA power McIntosh.

"They did a really good job," Hinton said. "I'm impressed with them because they are so focused."


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