Polk boys net huge win over Owen in WHC opener

Polk County’s boys tennis team notched one of the biggest wins in the program’s history on Thursday, defeating Owen 5-4 in Swannanoa.

The Wolverines opened their Western Highlands Conference schedule with a win against an Owen program that has long dominated the conference. Polk County improved to 6-3 overall with the victory.

“So proud of these guys for representing Polk County High today the way they did,” said head coach Richard Davis. “It’s the biggest win, in my opinion, that Polk County boys tennis has ever had.”

The teams split the day’s six singles matches, leaving doubles to decide the winner. Ryan Heider and Alfredo Avellaneda teamed for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, with Henry Heider and Adam Kehrer earning an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles to clinch the win.

Polk County hosts Mountain Heritage on Monday as the Wolverines enter the final two weeks of the regular season. Polk’s season is slated to end on April 9 with a rematch against Owen at Polk.


1. Ryan Heider (PC) d. Wyatt Lehman 10-0; 2. Henry Heider (PC) d. Lorenz Hoover 10-0; 3. Hunter Haynes (O) d. Jared Searcy 10-0; 4. Brandon Nightingale (O) d. Grant Waddell 10-2; 5. Adam Kehrer (PC) d. Eli Colson 10-3; 6. Julien Swoap (O) d. Alfredo Avellaneda 10-0.


1. R. Heider-Avellaneda (PC) d. Lehman-Haynes 8-6; 2. H. Heider-Kehrer (PC) d. Hoover-Swoap 8-5; 3. Nightingale-Colson (O) d. Searcy-Waddell 8-5.