NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY Ga. — North Fulton and Forsyth County were well represented again this year at the GHSA state tennis championships with six local teams hunting title trophies. All six local teams battled one another for state titles with the Cambridge girls, Lambert girls and Johns Creek boys winning their respective class championships.
The state meet was scheduled to take place May 3 at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, but Cambridge was the only local team to capture its title before a postponement moved the finals to May 6-7.
For the second straight year Cambridge battled with Northview for the state championship. After taking a 3-2 loss last season, the Bears swept the Titans 3-0 to capture their second state title in three years.
Ansley Cheshire secured a win in No. 3 singles, Isabella Larson and Claire Giddings won in No. 2 doubles and Ann Spurka and Syndey Orefice took a win in No. 1 doubles for the title.
Lambert and Milton were chasing their first state championships when the squads began play on May 4 for the Class 7A girls title. Milton downed 16-time state champions Walton in the semifinals to earn a finals berth, while Lambert was back for the second straight year.
The Longhorns led 2-1 when weather postponed the matchup until May 6 at Lambert, setting up a down-to-the-wire finish.
Milton took No. 2 doubles in three sets when play resumed to set up a winner-take-all in No. 1 doubles. Lambert’s Taylor Despriet and Katie Lewis took the decisive matchup 6-7, 6-4 and 6-2 for the championship.
Northview, winners of the 2017 state finals, and defending 6A champions Johns Creek met in the boys finals for a championship battle between crosstown rivals on May 7 at Medlock Bridge’s Groomsbridge courts.
The two teams met twice earlier in the season with the Gladiators taking a 4-1 win in the regular season and downing the Titans 3-1 for the Region 7-AAAAAA championship.
The Gladiators earned the clean sweep in the series and at the state finals, winning 3-0 to repeat as Class 6A champions. The state title was Johns Creek’s third overall dating back to 2010.
The three state titles won by local teams this season continues a streak of at least one North Fulton program earning a tennis state championship every year since 2005.