BY EASTON LEONARD –
After finishing off a great regular season and putting on a terrific show in their District Tournament, finishing runner-up, Zeb Wilson and Payton Medlin of the Mena High School ‘Rally-Cats’ Tennis team competed this week in the 4A Boys State Tennis Tournament at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, as doubles partners.
On Monday, in the first round of the tournament, Wilson and Medlin defeated Keaton Coker and Will Maynard of Stuttgart (6-0, 6-1). Moving on to the second round, the Rally-Cats put an end to the Arkadelphia Badgers championship hopes, defeating Harrison Shuffield and Henry Hunley (6-0, 6-1).
In the Semi-Finals, on Tuesday, the pair of polished tennis competitors took on Krappier and Westerman of Fountain Lake, and defeated the Cobras to move on to the championship game. In the finals game, the Rally-Cats took on Nathan and Kyle Hudson of Pottsville, but fell just short to the Apaches, to finish 4A State Runner-Up. With Tuesday’s runner-up finish, Wilson and Medlin qualify for the Arkansas Overall State Tennis Tournament.
Congratulations to both Zeb Wilson and Payton Medlin, along with Coach Powell, on a spectacular 2017 season and a very good performance in the 4A State Tennis Tournament.