For Huntington's boys and Catholic's girls, there are no seniors. The Highlanders stand to get even better, with ranked U.S. Tennis Association player Hunter Tubert entering the ninth grade. He likely will enter as the No. 2 player behind Robert Skolik.
The Catholic boys lose two players, No. 2 singles player Joe White and No. 3 doubles partner Christian Kim. The Catholic girls lose nobody, but could use reinforcements - only six players went out this year, the minimum to fill a lineup.
Huntington's girls lose veteran Sarah Cummings, the No. 1 singles player before the arrival of Cassie Mercer.
In its third year, Washington High has sort of taken over tennis in the Eastern Panhandle, the state's area of largest growth. But can the Patriots, a de-consolidation of Jefferson High, ever break through at the state level?
Martinsburg won the region's first Class AAA football title, and Jefferson and Hedgesville have won track titles recently. So can Washington, which qualified in all seven positions, follow suit?
Friday was tough on the Patriots. Katelyn Mumaw has run into a semifinal wall in all four years, including her freshman year at Jefferson. Her teammates suffered the same fate in the other six positions, and the boys fell in four semifinals.
Tennis facilities haven't caught up with the area's population growth. WHS has shiny new courts, but the most interested players have to go to Winchester or Manassas, Va.
"We definitely need some indoor facilities where we are," said coach Chris Walter. "It helps to get year-round players. We do have kids who travel to indoor facilities out of the county, out of the state. It definitely gives an advantage when you do play year-round, as with anything."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.