Spring Awards Winners 2017
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Neeral Patel, Co-MVP; Alex Webb, Coach's Award

Not Pictured: Sam Killen, Co-MVP

Patel and Killen Qualify for State Tournament — In doubles play, South Point’s Sam Killen and Neeral Patel qualified for states.

Men's Tennis competes at Big South Conference Tournament — Big South Tennis: 2017 All Conference Team

• Charlie Schuls, Forestview (Player of the Year)

• Justin Fulcomer, Forestview

• Carson Griffith, Forestview

• Carson Mumpower, Forestview

• Sam Killen, South Point

• Neeral Patel, South Point

• Chase Sturgis, South Point

• Alex Webb, South Point

• Matthew Benner, East Gaston

• Thad McGinnis, East Gaston

• Harison Noblett, East Gaston

• Crocker Barker, Stuart Cramer

• Jacob Dyksterhouse, Stuart Cramer

• Bradley Parrish, Stuart Cramer

• Kyle Fitzsimmons, Lake Norman Charter

• Drew Palasick, Lake Norman Charter

GASTONIA — Forestview junior Charlie Schuls set the same goal going into this season as he did last year: achieve a better result in the state tournament than he did the year before.

But here’s the thing about that bar Schuls has set for himself — there’s only one more rung to climb. After advancing all the way to the 3A state semifinals last year, Schuls is hoping to go to the state singles championship match this year as a junior.

“I feel like I’ve improved a lot. I played a lot over the summer and over the school year too. I feel like if I just hone in, I think I can do it,” Schuls said.

To play well at states Schuls first needs to qualify for the state tournament, which he can do with a top-four finish at next weekend’s 3A West regional tournament in Hickory. He won the Big South Conference 3A singles championship without dropping a game Wednesday at Forestview, defeating Noah James of South Point, Ian Kirkpatrick of Ashbrook and Will Niemeyer of the Green Wave.

“I’ve got to be locked in every point,” Schuls said of the upcoming state tournament. “Pretty much everybody at states is a great player so I’ve got to be ready to play once I get there.”

Coach Alan Stewart said Schuls has put in the work to improve over the course of the offseason and the spring.

"He’s played a lot more tournaments to get tournament ready for the states," Stewart said.

In the 3A doubles tournament on Wednesday, Sam Killen and Neeral Patel, of South Point, outlasted Locke McKenzie and Justin Fulcomer in the final match of a tournament that stretched well into the evening.

Killen and Patel needed to win a tie-breaking game in the second set for a 6-1, 7-6 victory. They played three matches over the course of about six hours, but Patel said it wasn’t tired legs they were fighting Wednesday.

“It wasn’t really fatigue, but just knocking off spring break rust. We hadn’t really played during spring break,” he said.

“I think at the end we just kind of wanted to go home. That’s what motivated us,” Killen added.

In the 2A tournament, Stuart Cramer’s Jacob Dyksterhouse and Crocker Barker won their third straight doubles championship, defeating a pair of teams from Lake Norman Charter and dropping a total of just three games. LNC’s Nick Rossini defeated teammate Drew Palasick in the singles finals.

Big South 3A Tournament Results: Singles

First round Charlie Schuls (Forestview) def. Noah James (South Point) 10-0 Ian Kirkpatrick (Ashbrook) def. Garen Dunlap (East Gaston) 10-7 Will Niemeyer (Ashbrook) def. Cutter Stowe (South Point) 10-1 Matt Benner (East Gaston) def. Drew Hughlett (Forestview) 10-4

Semifinals Schuls def. Kirkpatrick 6-0, 6-0 Niemeyer def. Benner 6-3, 6-4

Third place Benner def. Kirkpatrick 6-4, 7-6

Championship Schuls def. Niemeyer 6-0, 6-0

Big South 3A Tournament Results: Doubles Sam Killen/Neeral Patel (South Point) def. James Allran/Charles Harper (East Gaston) 10-0 Carson Griffith/Carson Mumpower (Forestview) def. Dellinger/Shuler (Ashbrook) 10-3 Locke McKenzie/Justin Fulcomer (Forestview) def. Alex Webb/Chase Sturgis (South Point) 10-4 Harrison Noblett/Thad McInnis (East Gaston) def. Ommert/Santiago (Ashbrook) 10-4

Semifinals Killen/Patel def. Griffith/ Mumpower 6-3, 6-3 McKenzie/Fulcomer def. Noblett/McInnis 6-1, 7-5

Third place Noblett/McInnis def. Griffith/Mumpower 7-5, 6-3

Championship Killen/Patel def. McKenzie/Fulcomer 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)


Forestview 7, South Point 2 — Charlie Schuls, Carson Griffith, Justin Fulcomer, Carson Mumpower and Drew Hughlett were singles winners for the Jaguars. Griffith/Connor Pridnia and Hughlett/ Jackson Hobbs won in doubles. For South Point, Neeral Patel won in singles and teamed with Sam Killen for the doubles win. Forestview (9-0, 3-0) is home against Ashbrook in its next match. South Point (1-2 in conference) is at Lake Norman Charter.


South Point 9, Hunter Huss 0 — South Point blanks Big South rival Hunter Huss, 9-0.


East Gaston 5, South Point 4 — Singles winners for the Warriors were Thad McInnis, Zach Allran and Jameson Bodenheimer. Doubles winners were Harrison Noblett/ Thad McInnis and Zach Allran/Jameson Bodenheimer. East Gaston (4-3, 1-0) hosts Lake Norman Charter on Tuesday. Forestview 6, Lake Norman Charter 3: Singles winners for the Jaguars were Charlie Schuls, Justin Fulcomer, Carson Mumpower and Drew Hughlett. Doubles winners were Schuls/Carson Griffith and Drew Hughlett/ Jackson Hobbs. Forestview (7-0, 1-0) is at Stuart Cramer Tuesday.


South Point 8, East Gaston 1 — South Point hosts East Gaston in recent tennis matches.

Forestview 7, South Point 2 — Charlie Schuls, Locke McKenzie, Carson Griffith, Justin Fulcomer, Carson Mumpower and Jackson Hobbs took the singles wins for Forestview. Connor Glaza/Phillips Albright won in doubles for the Jaguars. Sam Killeen/Neeral Patel and Chase Sturgis/Alex Webb took South Point’s doubles wins. Forestview (6-0) visits Lake Norman Charter on Thursday.



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