The regionals were held Sept. 16-19 at host Meridian Community College.
Stewart of Decatur, a product of Newton County High School, won the men’s singles back draw by winning four matches over the final two days of the competition. He defeated freshman Chris Crapps of Hinds Community College 8-3 in the finals.
Other East Central players of note included sophomore Kaley Bufkin and freshman Chaney Mills, both of Newton County High School, making the women’s singles main draw quarterfinals and doubles semifinals; sophomore Cole Duty of Winston Academy in Louisville and sophomore Devin Skinner of Neshoba Central High School advancing to the men’s doubles main draw quarterfinals; and freshmen Samantha McCrimon and Andi McCrimon, both of Winston Academy, reaching the women’s doubles back draw final before losing to the eventual champions.
“We showed promise in the tournament,” said first-year ECCC Head Coach Jay Pacelli. “All the men and women competed and represented the school well. We have put in a lot of hard work this fall, and we are looking forward to improving everyone’s play in the coming months as we prepare for our dual matches in the spring.”
The East Central tennis teams will travel to Perkinston Friday, Sept. 25, to scrimmage Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 3:30 p.m.