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REGION CHAMPS • The girls’ tennis team recently competed at the Region 14 championship, and after some great performances, ended up co-region champs with Manti. Manti won the regular season by two points over Juab, but the Wasps evened it out when it counted. Pictured are Alloa Day, Maddi Webster and Katie Welburn (2nd place, 2nd doubles), Olivia Foster (1st place, 3rd singles), Jennifer Kool (2nd place, 1st doubles), Keanna Williams (1st place, 2nd singles), Emmalee Willmore (2nd place, 1st doubles), Nikole Bunker, and Jessie Bills (2nd place, 1st singles). Photo courtesy of Pam Foster

By Presley Steele
JHS Publicity Manager

The Lady Wasps tennis team are co-ed champions in Region 14, sharing the title with regular season winner Manti.

The Templars were ahead of Juab by 2 points after the end of the regular season, but some strong performances at the region tournament held on October 4 gave the Wasps a share of the title.

In 1st singles, Jessie Bills got a first round win over North Sanpete, 6-4, 6-2. In her second round, she won a hard-fought match over Manti to get into the finals, scoring 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4). She finished off the day with a loss to American Heritage 6-7 (4-7) 4-6 and placing 2nd overall.

In 2nd singles, Keanna Williams won her first round against Delta, 6-4, 6-3. She won her semifinal match with Maeser Prep, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. In the finals, she went on to beat Manti with a final score of 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to become a region champion.

In 3rd singles, Olivia Foster took the first round over North Sanpete, 6-2, 6-0. In the semifinals she beat Maeser Prep 7-5, 6-2. In the final round, she cruised past Manti to become a region champ, 6-3, 6-4.

In 1st doubles, Jennifer Kool and Emmalee Willmore got the first round win over North Sanpete 6-2, 6-1. They then went to the semifinal round and won 6-2, 6-4 over Union. In the final round, they fought a hard battle with Manti and lost 4-6, 6-7 (4-7) to take 2nd overall.

In 2nd doubles, Katie Welburn and Maddi Webster started off strong against Delta with a 6-3, 6-4 win. Moving into the semifinal, they defeated Maeser Prep 7-6 (7-4), 6-0. They lost to Manti in the final round, 2-6, 4-6 and finished 2nd overall.

The team will now head off to the state tournament this weekend, October 11-12, at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.

The team is coached by Andy Williams and John Willmore.