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Brookwood repeats as Region 8 tennis champs

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Region 8-AAAAA secretary Mark Kimbro, left, presents the Brookwood boys tennis team David Brown, left, Christian Gochnauer, center and Jody Chan with the Region 8-AAAAA Tennis Championship trophy at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Region 8-AAAAA secretary Mark Kimbro, left, presents the Brookwood boys tennis team David Brown, left, Christian Gochnauer, center and Jody Chan with the Region 8-AAAAA Tennis Championship trophy at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Region 8-AAAAA secretary Mark Kimbro, left, presents the Brookwood girls tennis team Kenan Smith, Maddy Stanitzke, center, Sheridan Schuster and Rebecca Norton with the Region 8-AAAAA Tennis Championship trophy at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Brookwood singles player Mark Guentert defeats Parkview singles player Andy Combs (6-1, 6-0) during the Region 8-AAAAA Tennis Championships at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Brookwood singles player Gabbie Griffith defeats Parkview singles player Abbie Nelms (6-2, 6-0) during the Region 8-AAAAA Tennis Championships at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Will George walked off the tennis court at Rhodes Jordan Park and received a few smiles and congratulations from his Brookwood teammates.

The celebration wasn't big, but that was to be expected.

George's win at No. 2 singles wrapped up another Region 8-AAAAA championship over Parkview 3-0 on Wednesday.

It's the sixth straight region title for Brookwood over rival Parkview. The Broncos have also not lost a region match the last four years.

"We don't take anyone for granted," Brookwood senior Mark Guenthert said.

There was a little more excitement on the girls side as Brookwood (15-5) repeated as region champs by defeating Parkview 3-0. The win gave first-year coach Martha Brick a sense of relief.

"There's pressure to prove I can do this," she said. "There's a lot of young talent on this team and there's a lot of potential in the years to come."

Brookwood's Gabbie Griffith defeated Parkview's Abbie Nelms 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. The No. 1 doubles team of Sheridan Schuster and Alex Adams followed with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Daron Blankenship and Kristin Miller. The Broncos' Liz Slaughter sealed the team title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Taylor Ballard at No. 3 singles.

"I liked finishing it off," Slaughter said.

Maddy Stanitzke and Natalie Nabors won the the first set 6-0, but did not complete the match at No. 2 doubles. Rebecca Norton did not have to play at No. 3 singles.

"This has been the most fun group of girls," Brick said. "They are such good friends."

In the boys match, Matt Jones and David Brown defeated Walter Seals and Hunter Stroud 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. No. 1 singles player Guenthert followed with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Andy Combs. George sealed the title with his 6-1, 6-0 win over Calvin Gratz. Christian Gochnauer and Will McWhirt did not finish at No. 2 doubles and Drew Wendel didn't play at No. 3 singles.

The win improved defending state champion Brookwood to 21-0 on the year. Those wins include some big victories over state-ranked Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Starr's Mill and Collins Hill.

"They are solid all the way around," Parkview coach Cherrie Browne said. "I throughly expect them to win state again."

The Broncos have had an impressive run the last four years, losing only three matches in non-region play. The Broncos graduated No. 1 singles player Randy Phillips, but have returned five players, giving them hope to repeat as state champs.

"It's just a good group of guys," Brookwood boys coach Heath Hinton said.