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Broncos sweep rival for region tennis titles

Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood number one singles player Drew Wendel returns a volley to Parkview's Brendan Taliaferro during the Region 8-AAAAAA boys and girls tennis finals played at Rhodes Jordan Park on Wednesday. The Brookwood boys defeated Parkview.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood number one singles player Drew Wendel returns a volley to Parkview's Brendan Taliaferro during the Region 8-AAAAAA boys and girls tennis finals played at Rhodes Jordan Park on Wednesday. The Brookwood boys defeated Parkview.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview number one singles player Brendan Taliaferro returns a volley to Brookwood's Drew Wendel as the Region 8-AAAAAA boys and girls tennis finals are played at Rhodes Jordan Park on Wednesday. The Brookwood boys defeated Parkview.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood's number one girls singles player Liz Slaughter returns a volley to Parkview's Abbie Nelms as the Region 8-AAAAAA boys and girls tennis finals are played at Rhodes Jordan Park on Wednesday. The Brookwood girls defeated Parkview.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview number one singles player Abbie Nelms returns a volley to Brookwood's Liz Slaughter during the Region 8-AAAAAA boys and girls tennis finals played at Rhodes Jordan Park on Wednesday. The Brookwood girls defeated Parkview.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Against an old rival, Brookwood's tennis teams added to the program's rich history Wednesday.

The boys and girls both swept Parkview 3-0 to win the Region 8-AAAAAA title on a warm afternoon at Rhodes Jordan Park.

Closed out by a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles from Daniel Drake and Ryan Pridgeon, the boys won their seventh straight region championship.

Already through were Drew Wendel, a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles, and Zach Jennings, who finished first in a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 2 spot.

"Parkview-Brookwood, that's the way it always turns out to be," boys head coach Bill Shields said. "They have a really good program -- and we feel we do, too, obviously. It's two good schools going at it.

"Any time you get on the court, you have to be ready to play."

The Broncos (15-3, 8-0) will open their state playoff run at home next week. Their only losses so far this season are to teams from Kentucky, Florida and Westlake -- all deliberately scheduled by Shields.

"We're playing pretty well," Shields said. "We came into this tournament having played a very good schedule and I think it's going to help us down the road."

Brookwood is well positioned as the state tournament begins, although the Broncos will be without Christian Gochnauer, who broke his foot.

"We don't know when or if he'll be back," Shields said. "That hurts a little bit, but, hey, it's next man up."

It was the third straight Region 8 title for the Brookwood girls, and ninth in 11 years.

"They're looking forward to, hopefully, meeting up with a couple of the teams that we've lost to in the regular season," head coach Martha Brick said. "They're stronger, more solidified at this point in the season. But they really want another chance."

Last year, the Broncos (11-6, 8-0) made it to the third round of the state playoffs.

"They want to get at least one step further," Brick said. "Of course, they'd love to win it.

"The boys won state a couple of years ago and we're ready to get our trophy. The determination is there."

Gabbie Griffith clinched the title with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles. The other points in the book at that point were 6-0, 6-0 wins by both doubles teams. Alex Adams and Sheridan Schuster were at No. 1, while Maddy Stanitzke and Natalie Nabors were at No. 2.

"I'm very proud of them -- and the whole region this season," Brick said. "The sportsmanship has been phenomenal."

The girls, who will also open up the playoffs at home next week, are led by four seniors, but also have some young blood on the team with sophomore Hannah Mason and freshman Anna Gardner.

"They're such a tight-knit group," Brick said. "They've bonded. They're friends. And they're on a mission."