Trinity boys win overall state championship

Published 12:36 am Thursday, May 12, 2016

RIDGELAND — Trinity tennis finished strong in the MAIS AA state tournament Wednesday at Ridgeland, taking home the overall team trophy for the boys championship.

The school also notched three individual championships.

“We’re proud,” Trinity coach Noreen Pyron said. “It was a hot, humid day, and we did very well as a whole.”

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Trinity’s boys singles players didn’t drop a game in their state matches. Boys No. 2 singles player Grant Falkenheiner utilized a first-round bye to dispatch his opponent from Canton Academy 6-0, 6-0. Boys No. 1 singles player Cole Mosby swept both his first and second round matches 6-0, 6-0, to earn his state title.

“They expect (success) now,” Pyron said. “On any other team Grant would be a No. 1 singles player. I’m lucky and blessed we have kids of this caliber.”

Girls No. 2 doubles players Mckenzie Smith and Hannah Fitt also took home an individual state championship. Fitt and Smith defeated the No. 2 doubles pair from Canton 6-4, 6-3 and the No. 2 pair from Tri-County 6-1, 6-1 in the finals.

Fitt and Smith will return for their senior seasons, and Pyron is excited by the experience of her squad.

“Hannah and Mckenzie had won state before, it’s great that so many are coming back next year,” Pyron said. “The kids are very supportive of all the other players.”

Pyron said the girls No. 2 doubles pair had a scare in their state finals match when Lucy Pyron had an asthma attack during the match. Lucy and her partner Tali Beard finished out the match, losing in the finals to Canton’s No. 1 pair, 1-6, 5-7.

“It was scary, and her parents were deciding whether to let her finish,” Noreen said. “She actually seemed to play better after that.”

Seventh-grade pair Sam Mosby and Hartley Pyron lost their No. 2 doubles match in the state finals, 2-6, 4-6. The duo led 4-1 in the second set but lost five straight games to their older opponents.

“Sam and Hartley played a great match,” Noreen said. “They were upset they lost, (They) were nervous at first but they held their own.”