Caroline teams win gold, silver at districts
EASTON — Seven unified tennis teams converged on the courts behind the YMCA of the Chesapeake in Easton for the annual district competition in October.
The teams were representing Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. In the end, the two teams from Caroline County took gold and silver, earning them a spot at the Unified Tennis State Championships on Nov. 1 at Towson University.
The Caroline County blended team, with students from Colonel Richardson and North Caroline high schools, won the gold medal. The blended team consisted of Robert Baker, Corinna Crenshaw, Zach Elzey, Abby Gibbons, Ryan Saunders and Mason Thomas.
The North Caroline High School team consisting of Eli Bradford, Hope Brown, Jacob Buda, Any DePasquale, Katie DePasquale, Taylor McNeal, Paige Pritchett, Todd Pulleyn, Preston Ruggerio and Brianna Stafford won the silver medal.
The team from Kent Island received the bronze.
The Bulldogs followed their silver medal with a bronze medal at states on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The blended Caroline team finished sixth in the state competition.
At both CRHS and NCHS the unified sports include tennis in the fall, unified strength and conditioning in the winter, and bocce in the spring.
The district competition was dramatic as the first, second, and third place teams were not determined until the final match of the day. A pair from CRHS won their final match in a tiebreaker against Kent Island earning a point for their team, which created a tie for first between them and the team from NCHS.
Two teams from Caroline County took gold and silver at the annual district competition in October, earning them a spot at the Unified Tennis State Championships on Nov. 1 at Towson University.