The Harlan County High School tennis teams opened the season in style on Thursday by sweeping Pineville at home.
HCHS boys were perfect against Pineville, winning 9-0. Senior Ethan Hughes, No. 1 seed for the Black Bears, defeated Dillon Asher 8-2 in singles. No. 2 seed Trevor Prewitt won over Josh Lawson by the same score. Other winners for the Black Bears included Logan Burris, 8-0 over Isaac Saylor; Ryan Sergent, 8-1 over Luke Taylor; Jake Colinger, 8-2 against Jacob Taylor; and Dylan Johnson, 8-1 over Kenton Thompson.
In boys doubles, Hughes and Burris triumphed over Asher and Lawson 8-2, while Colinger and Nick Turner recorded an 8-4 win over the Taylors. Jose Roque and Emerson Johnson also won a match for the Black Bears.
The Lady Bears had a tougher battle but emerged with a team win over the Lady Lions. Emily Eldridge, of HCHS, defeated Isabella Jones 8-3, and Grayson Raleigh defeated Olivia Webb 8-6. Allison Cook dominated Morgan Goodin 8-1, and Lady Bear Brittany Goins defeated Pineville’s Jayden Sizemore.
The girls doubles teams of Raleigh/Hannah Gaw, Eldridge/Cook and Brianna Roque/Makayla Whitaker were victorious against the Lady Lions.
On Friday, 13th region favorite Whitley County visited the Harlan County courts and went home with team wins over the Bears and Lady Bears. Eighth-grader Madison Bailey came away with a singles victory for HCHS.
The teams return to action on March 24 with a dual meet against the Harlan Green Dragons.
Harlan County junior Hannah Gaw battled hard in a season-opening match against Pineville. Gaw teamed with Grayson Raleigh to win in doubles as HCHS won 7-2.