Wanko Claims Regional Tennis Title
Union Pines' Neena Wanko is the 3-A Mid-East Regional singles' champion. She claimed the crown Saturday in Cameron by defeating the No. 2 and 1 seeds in the tournament.
In her semifinal match, the Union Pines' junior defeated top-seeded Western Guilford's Ros Lourdes 6-3, 6-2. Then she bested second-seed Carolyn Kernodle of Williams High School 6-1, 6-2 in the finals. Wanko, Lourdes, Kernodle and Juliana White (from Bartlett Yancey) all qualified to compete in the state championship this weekend in Burlington.
The doubles team of Adele Henderson and Helen Powell from Williams High defeated Caroline Yopp and Megan Byrd of Triton 6-1, 6-1 to take the regional doubles championship. In the third-place match, Kristen Blue and Katie Morgan from Eastern Alamance defeated Raleigh McCoy and McKenzie Owen of Western Alamance 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
All four doubles teams earned the right to compete in this weekend's state finals.
Vike seniors Lydia Stalls and Nichole Galbicsek wrapped up their careers in the event over the weekend. Stalls was eliminated in the second round of singles play, while Galbicsek and junior Sammantha Marsh fell in the second round of doubles' play.
Stalls end her stint as a Viking with a career mark of 128 wins and 20 losses, while Galbicsek wrapped up her career with a record of 54-8. Union Pines senior Anna Maness and partner Jordan Smith fell in the first round of doubles play Friday.
Maness finishes her four-year Viking career with a record of 78-11.
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