BUNN NO. 1 SINGLES PLAYER MADISON GUNTON
BUNN -- Winning hasn't necessarily been the main priority of Allen White's long tenure as the head girls and boys tennis coach at Bunn High School.
Instead, White yearns to introduce young people to the sport he loves -- and does whatever he can to help them improve and remain interested in the game even after they graduate from BHS.
After all, tennis is a sport that, unlike others, can be played for a lifetime. White is a testament to that as he is one of the area's top performers in his age group.
But White also knows a good thing when he sees it, and the 2019 girls tennis campaign at Bunn has been a perfect storm of talent, experience and clutch performances.
The result has been plenty of epic achievements of the historical variety, including the school's first-ever unbeaten regular season (11-0) and first-ever league championship out of the Northern Carolina Conference.
Bunn's top four players are all savvy-filled upperclassmen, and they have delivered when it mattered most.
As evidence, consider that three of BHS' victories this fall came by a 5-4 margin, meaning the Ladycats needed to perform -- and be successful -- under pressure.
Things weren't as tight last Thursday as the Ladycats celebrated Senior Day with a matchup against Warren County at the impressively refurbished BHS Courts.
The date also provided Bunn with an opportunity to wrap up the league title and a perfect regular season, and both of those goals were reached thanks to a 7-2 triumph over the Lady Eagles.
The opposition level is expected to get more challenging for the Ladycats today when they host former league foe Durham School of Arts in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Class 2-A Girls Tennis State Team Playoffs.
Action will begin at 4 p.m., and spectators are welcome to attend. The BHS Courts are behind the football practice field and adjacent to the soccer field.
Fans can turn at the soccer entrance and use that parking lot.
The match was originally slated for Wednesday, but was pushed back one day due to poor weather.
Last Thursday's match results between Bunn and Warren County were as follows (two of the events were claimed by BHS via forfeit):
Warren County 2
• No. 1 Singles -- Mary Mattress (Warren County) def. Madison Gunton 3-6, 6-2 (10-5)
• No. 2 Singles -- Maecie Corbett (Bunn) def. Tanichya Maldonado 6-3, 6-0
• No. 3 Singles -- Hannah Martin (Bunn) def. Kalisha Harrison 6-3, 6-3
• No. 4 Singles -- Elena Hernandez (Bunn) def. Caitlin Harrison 6-4, 6-1
• No. 5 Singles -- Abigail Clifton (Bunn) def. Nijah Reed 6-1, 7-5
• No. 1 Doubles -- Mary Mattress-Tanichya Maldonado (Warren County) def. Madison Gunton-Maecie Corbett 8-6
• No. 2 Doubles -- Hannah Martin-Elena Hernandez (Bunn) def. Kalisha Harrison-Caitlin Harrison 9-7