CHARLESTON — In the chase for a possible second straight Class AA/A state tennis championship, a mere point separated frontrunner Williamstown and Charleston Catholic with three doubles matches yet to be determined Saturday afternoon at the Charleston Catholic tennis courts.
The Yellowjackets put down the hammer by winning all three matches and put to rest any possible tiebreaker criteria which might have materialized and finished with a grand total of 17 points. Charleston Catholic placed runner-up with 15 points.
All-staters Austin Bosgraf and Rainer Holl joined Gavin Bosgraf, Tyler Fenton, Brandon Gray and John Hill as Williamstown individuals who contributed at least one title to the Williamstown hardware. Holl and Gavin Bosgraf went one step further and won both their singles and doubles championship matches.
On the girls side, Audrey Fenton won a singles title at No. 4, while Claire Strobl and Athenn Stewart followed suit at No. 3 doubles.
“Williamstown tennis was amazing this weekend,” Williamstown coach Dave Leo said. “We knew we had kids coming in who could help us this year — winning a state title on the boys side is a great accomplishment for the program and school. It’s one of those surreal moments. Everybody chipped in.
“It’s going to be one of those things where we sit back and enjoy. I’m telling you what, I’m calling the Williamstown mayor and getting the fire engines ready.”
After Holl and Tyler Fenton made quick work of a pair from Keyser 6-1, 6-1 in the finals at No. 2 doubles, Williamstown needed just one win from the remaining two doubles entries to secure the team title.
Enter a pair of freshman, who are best friends on the tennis court, soccer field and life in general. Gray and Hall rebounded from a first set loss and defeated Charleston Catholic’s entry 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The No. 1 doubles match was still in progress as the Yellowjacket faithful celebrated a state championship not quite official.
“When John and I were younger, we would look up to the freshmen — now the kids in middle school are looking up to us,” Gray said. “We have great team culture here at Williamstown.”
Fenton’s role in the Yellowjacket success extends to his older sister, Audrey, who defeated Chapmanville’s Carmen Mahon 6-3, 6-2 and placed a feather in her cap in her final athletic endeavor as a senior at Williamstown.
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