Wolverines sweep Vikings to remain atop WHC tennis standings

Polk County’s boys tennis team moved a step closer Thursday to a Western Highlands Conference regular-season championship, sweeping Avery 9-0 in Newland.

The Wolverines improved to 5-1, 4-0 with the win. Polk County leads Mountain Heritage by one game in the WHC standings and travels Tuesday to Burnsville with a chance to clinch the title.

Three Polk singles players – Adam Kehrer at No. 1, Jack Smith at No. 3 and Gaige Lewis at No. 5 – earned 10-0 wins. The Wolverines also won two of the day’s three doubles matches without dropping a game.

Polk County hosts East Henderson on Monday in a non-conference meeting that will also be its final home match of the season.

SINGLES
1. Adam Kehrer d. Caron Pannell 10-0; 2. Andy Ballentine d. Tripp Markland 10-1; 3. Jack Smith d. Elijah Baranowski 10-0; 4. Cameron Greve d. Grant Cogdill 10-5; 5. Gaige Lewis d. Elijah Loftis 10-0; 6. Luke Becker d. Ayden Ray 10-7.

DOUBLES
1. Kehrer-Ballentine d. Pannell-Markland 6-0; 2. Smith-Lewis d. Ray-Westen Carpenter 6-1; 3. Becker-Eric Avellaneda d. Cogdill-Baranowski 6-0.