Tiger trio become first from WHS to qualify for state

Staff Reports • May 15, 2018 at 7:18 PM

COOKEVILLE — Brian Putnam became Watertown’s first boy to qualify for the state singles tournament by winning the Region 4-Small championship Tuesday.

The doubles team of Kassidy Parrisher and Tawny Ashworth followed suit with two victories at Tennessee Tech.

Putnam defeated Cannon County’s Luke Jakes 6-1, 6-3 in the finals after downing Clay County’s Sage Tiernan 6-1, 6-1 in the semis.

Parrisher and Ashworth beat Cannon County’s Ashlyn Nokes and Lauren Underwood 6-2, 6-4 in the finals after dispatching a pair from Clay County 6-0, 6-4.

The Purple Tigers’ Preston Tomlinson and Michael Watson lost in the boys’ doubles finals to Cannon County’s Brady Cunningham and Brandon Miles 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a three-hour match. They had a quicker time beating Clay County’s Cale McBride and Gavin Silk 6-2, 6-3 in the semis.

Putnam, Parrisher and Ashworth will compete in the state at the Adams Center in Murfreesboro’s Old Fort Park at 9 a.m. May 24.

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