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Maltsberger, BHS tennis boys No. 1 in 4-AAA; Cope sees Bulldogs as state title contenders

Bearden’s boys tennis program, once again at the top in District 4-AAA, is aiming high in 2007.

High meaning state title contention as a team.

Led by senior Hunter Maltsberger, the defending Class AAA state doubles co-champion, Bearden carried a perfect 6-0 district mark (9-1 overall) into the week.

“We’re probably one of the top three or four teams in the state, so we’re got a chance,” BHS head coach Clint Cope said about his boys. Science Hill or Seigel [defending Class AAA team champion] is probably the favorite.

“We’re probably third.”

A showdown with the high-powered SHHS Hilltoppers took place Wednesday, April 25 (after press deadline) at the West Hills YMCA courts.

Maltsberger, a Wofford University (S.C.) signee who is 10-0 in individual matches at No. 1, has a new doubles partner. Senior Chris Acker (7-1 individually at No. 2) and Maltsberger enter the week 7-1 at No. 1 doubles.

“They make a pretty good team,” Cope said, adding the pair “have a pretty good chance” to win a Class AAA state title.

Acker is a Carson-Newman College signee.

Ben Rahnema, a junior at No. 3 singles, has a 6-3 singles record, while No. 4 Jimmy Fulton, a senior, is 7-1.

David Cooper, a sophomore, is No. 5, followed by No. 6 James Dail, a freshman. Matt Ternes, a junior, is also in the mix.


Though only sporting a 4-6 overall record entering the, Bearden’s Lady Bulldogs were 4-2 in district play.

Freshman Cayla McMurray has unseated long-time No. 1 singles player Helen Fisun at the top spot, but No. 2 Fisun and McMurray were 8-1 as Bearden’s No. 1 doubles pair.

Individually, McMurray was 6-2 entering the week, and Fisun 7-2.

Other players are Courtney Cox, a senior, at No. 3, Stephanie Starr, a junior, at No. 4, senior Rachel Herrin playing No. 5 and junior Courtney Barnes serving things up at No. 6.

Junior Brandee Kent, a junior, and Lorrin Howard, a senior, are the Lady Bulldogs’ No. 3 doubles team.


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