Polk County freshman Banks Barber got to see the best of the best Friday in his first experience with 2A regional tennis competition.
Barber dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Pine Lake Prep’s Tyler Ramanata in the opening round of the 2A West Regional tennis tournament at Gardner-Webb University.
Ramanata, the top seed who won the state 1A individual title last season, went on to win the regional, claiming the championship on Saturday with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 win over Brevard’s Porter Schrader.
The loss capped a successful first season of competitive tennis for Barber, who played No. 1 singles for the Wolverines.