A couple weeks ago, the Georgia Junior Tennis Championships were held in Macon, Ga. The event is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association and attracts the state’s top junior teams. The Petersburg Racquet Club took a group of kids to the event and came away with some hardware. In the 18 and Under Advanced Gold Division (the highest level of competition), the team, captained by Cheri Hain, dominated the opposition. The team went a perfect 5-0 in team competition, winning 22 matches and losing only three. To illustrate just how well it played, the group won 46 sets and lost only nine for the entire tournament.
Blair Lasure, Kayla Hergott, Taylor Richards. Katie Krupp and Hollis Sherman played on the girls’ team. Boys team members included Samuel Dromsky, Colby Gandy, Justin Payton, Taylor Powell and Braxton Hain, the 16-year-old son of the team’s captain.
Another Hain was involved in the championships in Macon -- 10-year-old Finley Hain. His squad was not as successful as the 18 and Under group, but Finley did not leave Macon empty-handed. He and his older brother Braxton each were singled out for a very special award. Throughout the event, team captains were asked to nominate players from opposing teams for the Sportsmanship Award. This is a statewide award given to the player, in his or her age group, that demonstrates outstanding attitude and sportsmanship on the court. Braxton and Finley were each chosen as the Sportsmanship Award winners for their age groups.
Not only did our local players perform well on the court, they did so displaying the type of sportsmanship that any parent would be proud of.
This is a direct reflection of Braxton and Finley’s mom and coach, Cheri Hain.
Braxton is a junior at Greenbrier High School and Finley attends Riverside Elementary.
Congratulations to the entire CSRA Tennis Association on such a great showing, and to Braxton and Finley on their special awards.