Bradwell Institute boys tennis team ended its season against the number one seeded team in the first round of the state tennis tournament.
After qualifying for state with a 10-7 record overall and 3-3 in the region, the Tigers were defeated 5-0 by Coffee County High School in Douglas.
It is the first time in several years the Tigers have qualified for state.
“As a coach, I am very proud of these guys for putting up the good fight,” coach Ken Scharnagl said. “I am very happy to have worked with all of these student athletes this season.”
Bradwell’s tennis program will be rebuilding next year. Out of 17 players, 12 will graduate this month. The boy will lose seven, while the girls lose five.
“I will definitely be looking for some young new talent for next season,” Scharnagl said.
For Bradwell, this year has been the best year in six for both the boys and girls. Scharnagl has been coaching the teams for the six years and said he is looking forward to building next year’s team.
With only five team members remaining on the roster, Scharnagl has his work cut out for him.
In a competitive region, the accomplishments of this year’s team reflects the work and dedication each member. Regardless of the rebuilding next season, Scharnagl said he is looking to build off of this year’s success and continue to develop a young team into competitors.