Warriors see title hopes dashed
by Adam Carrington
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Andre Canino and his North Cobb teammates couldn’t find the spark they needed to prevail in the Class AAAAAA final with Brookwood.
<br>Gwinnett Daily Post / John Bohn
Andre Canino and his North Cobb teammates couldn’t find the spark they needed to prevail in the Class AAAAAA final with Brookwood.
Gwinnett Daily Post / John Bohn
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JONESBORO — The North Cobb boys tennis team made the state semifinals for the first time last year and was in the finals for the first time this season.

The Warriors, however, will have to wait at least another year to secure their first state championship.

They started slowly in Saturday’s Class AAAAAA state final against Brookwood at Clayton County International Park and never fully recovered before losing a 3-0 decision to the Broncos.

Though North Cobb (20-2) will be graduating Jaryd Reese at No. 1 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Jacob Hightower and Bradford Lahmann, it should have enough talent returning next season to make another run.

In the matches that finished Saturday, the Warriors’ first-set results weren’t impressive.

Lahmann and Hightower likely would have preferred to end their careers with a better result than a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Brookwood’s Ryan Pridgeon and Christian Gochnaver at No. 2 doubles.

Both Andre Canino at No. 2 singles, and Jake Tuchmann and Ronak Mody at No. 1 doubles, bounced back after decisive first-set losses, but each had to settle for 6-1, 6-4 defeats.

“(Brookwood was) just a great team,” North Cobb coach Bonnie Reedy said. “We didn’t execute like we needed to, especially at No. 2 doubles.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys. We had a great group of seniors that have carried our team for three years now. I’m really proud of them, and they gave it everything they had.”

Reese lost the first set of his match with Drew Wendel 6-4, then trailed 5-1 in the second when Brookwood (23-3) clinched the three necessary points to claim the title. Rohman Mitchell was trailing David Brown 5-2 in the second set at No. 3 singles after winning the first set 6-4.

North Cobb was on the verge of elimination after Tuchmann and Mody lost at No. 1 doubles, and with Canino trailing Zach Jennings 5-2 in the second set. That’s when Canino played well enough to give the Warriors a fighting chance.

Canino put together an aggressive assortment of shots to break Jennings, and he came through with a drop-shot winner to hold his own and cut the deficit to 5-4. But that was as close as he would get.

“I felt like I was playing better,” Canino said. “(Jennings) was playing steady and I felt like I had to make more balls on the court, and my teammates were picking me up and giving me support. I started making more balls on the court and felt like I could come back, so I just kept going. He played really well to hold serve in that last game.”

Tuchmann and Mody held serve with Brookwood’s Matt Jones and Will McWhirt at No. 1 doubles until the Broncos’ pair broke serve for a 5-3 lead.
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