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PREP ROUNDUP: Americus-Sumter boys cruise in state tennis opener

AMERICUS — The Class AAA state tournament opener between Americus-Sumter and Perry on Wednesday was over about as soon as it began.

The Panthers’ three singles players quickly put away their opponents without losing a single game, leading No. 1 seed Americus to a 5-0 victory.

The Panthers advance to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row, where they will play Richmond Academy, Augusta next week.

Reigning Herald Player of the YearJoel Landis (No. 1 singles), David Cowan (No. 2 singles) and Brandon Roberts (No. 3 singles) each won, 6-0, 6-0, while the No. 2 doubles team of brothers Kentrell and Kendrick Mercer won, 6-4, 6-0, and the No. 2 doubles team of Colton Taunton and Justin Wells won, 7-5, 6-1.

“Joel is one of the best players in this area, but what is nice is that we have good No. 2 and No. 3 (singles players) that can go out and play good, strong tennis, too,” Americus coach Clay Willis said. “We are strong in doubles, too.”

WESTOVER SWEPT: Howard eliminated the Westover boys in Wednesday’s state tournament opener, 5-0.

Westover’s No. 2 doubles team of Evan Scheiber and Edwin Bell, which lost (7-5, 5-7, 1-0 [8]), won the Patriots’s lone set.

SOUTHLAND OUSTED: Southland’s boys also played in the state team tournament on Wednesday and lost to Stratford, 3-0, in the state semifinals.