Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

State tennis: Wiregrass junior gets close; Sharks knocked out

By simply stepping onto the court Wednesday at Sanford's Sylvan Lake Park, Wiregrass Ranch junior Sydney Simpson made history.

Then she nearly made the second round.

The first Bulls player — boy or girl — to qualify for the state tournament, Simpson couldn't sustain her early momentum in a 6-0, 3-6, 0-6 loss to Fort Myers Bishop Verot's Linda Komienko in the opening round of the Class 2A individual singles tournament.

"It was a combination of nerves a little bit, and experience," Bulls coach Tammy Shaw said. "It's a little scary the first time you're out there and don't know what to expect. She's a little disappointed but we were proud of her."

Nature Coast's girls, meantime, suffered a similar fate in the team portion of the tournament. Tossed into a field loaded with private schools and academies, the Sharks failed to advance any of their five singles players or two doubles teams out of the first round.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Rachel Conter and junior Olivia Williams came closest to advancing, falling in two sets including a tiebreaker defeat in the second.

Williams and Conter, two-time district champions, advanced to the individual 2A doubles tourney in 2008.

"I told our girls it took us seven years to get a whole team to states," Sharks coach Louise Downey said. "Now we've got to give ourselves several years to go ahead and get some significant wins at the state level."

State tennis: Wiregrass junior gets close; Sharks knocked out 04/29/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 11:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning: Jon Cooper takes unusual tact to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and ... whom else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  2. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  3. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.
  4. Fennelly: Would you take Jameis Winston over Cam Newton?


    Factoring out futures, it wouldn't be a short list if I picked NFL quarterbacks I'd take right now over Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) calls a play during the first half of Sunday's game. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: What went wrong on defense?


    Greg Auman is back from Buffalo, going back over a difficult finish and tough loss for the Bucs, in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas (82) makes a touchdown catch over Bucs defensive back T.J. Ward (43) during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]