The Fort Payne’s girls and boys tennis team picked up wins Thursday against Southside.
The girls won 7-2 with Madden Ragen (8-1 at No. 2), Bethany Bares (8-2 at No. 3), Rachel Morgan (8-6 at No. 4) and Saddler Emory (9-7 at No. 5) each picking up wins.
In doubles, Fraebel and Bares won 8-5 and Morgan and Raegan won 9-7.
On the boys side the Wildcats won 9-0. Noah Benefield (8-2 at No. 1), Jake Davis (8-3 at No.2), Jamie Edwards (8-1, at No. 3), Austin Weldon (8-3 at No. 4), Marcus Chaney (8-0 at No. 5) and Tyler Berry (7-4 at No. 6).
The Lady Wildcats also picked up a win against Dade County 7-2 earlier in the week, and the boys lost 7-2.
Tuesday they were swept by Cullman with both teams losing 9-0.
Head coach Chris Bible said it’s been a tough start to the year for both teams, but some of it has been out of their control.
“It’s been a horrendous start to the year with the weather,” Bible said. “We’ve had to cancel a lot of matches so we’ve not been able to practice or play like we’ve wanted to.”
Last season the girls came up one match shy of advancing to state finishing third at sectionals. This year everyone returned and Bible said it’s a good group.
“It’s a really good group of girls,” Bible said. “All of them are returning, but it’s only their second year to play. Overall they are good top-to-bottom, 1-6.”
The boys also return all of their players, but also have some new faces.
“The boys are a little younger than the girls,” Bible said. “We’ve only got one senior and our No. 1 is just a sophomore in Noah Benefield.”
Both teams will return to play against Albertville on April 7.