High school tennis in Stokes County was young this year, but individual players found success. North Stokes had no seniors on their team, while the Wildcats had one and South featured the oldest team in the county with four seniors. The Stokes News along with the area high school coaches named the all-county 2017 tennis team.
North Stokes Alyssa Collins earned Northwest 1A All-Conference and the spot as the number one player this season. She finished fourth in the conference tournament and played her best tennis as the season came to an end.
Brianna Lester finished the season as the Vikings number two. She competed as the three seed early on, but according to coach Mandee Bennett, played her best in the remaining weeks and finished the season strong.
The third Viking to make the all-county team was Tessa Sprinkle. She ended the season as the three seed after spending the majority of the season ranked second on the team while battling back from an injury.
West Stokes went 2-2 against county teams and had two players to make the team. Freshman Sydney Preston spent the season as the Wildcats number one player. She made Western Piedmont Athletic 2A All-Conference and placed third in the conference tournament. She made it to the second round of the 2A Regional tournament and was undefeated in the county with an overall record of 13-8.
Senior Stephanie Henry, a two-time WPAC All-Conference player, placed fourth in the conference tournament where Preston beat her for third place. She made it to regionals, finished undefeated in county play, and recorded a 12-8 overall record.
The South Stokes duo of Hannah King and Hannah Fischer rounded out the top seven players selected for the all-county team. King played as the number one seed all year, while Fischer was the number two. Both players played doubles together during the conference tournament and lost in the quarterfinals. Fischer was voted team MVP and King was given the players award.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.