Senior Mychal Boggs representing Ravenswood at state tennis tournament

Mark Martin

Coming out of the rugged Class AA-A Region IV, Ravenswood senior Mychal Boggs earned his third trip to the West Virginia High School Tennis Tournament by placing second at No. 2 singles.

Boggs was slated to open play yesterday (Thursday) at the state tournament in Charleston.

Class AA-A action was being played at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Facility while Class AAA competition unfolded at the Schoenbaum Tennis Complex.

The state tournament runs through Saturday.

“Mychal is the only one of our players who had any regional experience,” veteran head coach Sam Hilton said.

Boggs went into the regional at the Logan High School tennis complex seeded third and made his way to the final thanks to a bye, an 8-0 win and an upset of second-seeded Riley Reed of Logan, 8-6.

In the title match, Boggs, who graduated later that day, lost a hard-fought battle with Luke Tankersky of Huntington St. Joe, 8-6.

“He’s had a really good career,” said Hilton of his senior.

Boggs teamed with Ethan Rawson as a freshman in 2018 to win the Class AA-A No. 3 doubles state championship.

He reached the 2019 state tournament as a sophomore in singles.

His junior season, unfortunately, was wiped out due to COVID-19.

“I really feel he and Ethan Rawson had a shot last year of winning the state championship in doubles,” Hilton said.

Sadly, Rawson didn’t get to enjoy his senior year due to the COVID situation.

“Mychal’s a really good player,” Hilton said. “He’s been solid every year. He works at it and always comes out and plays.”

Boggs was set for a rematch yesterday (Thursday) against Parkersburg Catholic’s Ethan Lang in his opening match. Boggs lost to Lang in Parkersburg earlier in the season, 9-7, before taking a home match against the Crusader, 8-5.

Benjamin Crow, Ravenswood’s No. 1 singles player and the grandson of area tennis legend Dave Crow, fell in his regional match to Logan’s Jackson Akers, whose grandfather is basketball coaching icon Willie Akers.

No. 3 singles player Kaden Williams, a junior, fell to eventual champion Russell McClanahan of Nitro.

“He was down 7-0 but fought hard and reeled off three games before losing 8-3,” Hilton said.

Junior Dylan Winter, Ravenswood’s No. 4 singles player, had to deal with a rain-delay.

 “He was up 2-1, but lost 8-2,” Hilton said. “He had some Boris Becker-like shots early on.”

Ravenswood’s doubles teams all fell in their first matches of the regional. Boggs and Crow made up the No. 1 team, Williams and Winter were the No. 2 team while Lincoln Hileman, a freshman, and Mason Freeman, a sophomore, served as the No. 3 team.

Crow and Boggs lost to Logan, Williams and Winter to Winfield and Hileman and Freeman to Logan.

In the girls division, Ravenswood’s No. 1 singles competitor Ashley Wright, a junior, lost to Chapmanville’s Lauren Workman.

Wright headed to the regional seeded fifth.

No. 2 player Julia McCoy, a junior and a newcomer to the program, won her opening match, 9-7, before falling to Savannah Baisden of Logan, 8-1.

Ravenswood didn’t have a No. 3 singles player for the regional.

Karina Bibbee, a freshman, lost 8-3 in her No. 4 singles match.

Wright and McCoy were Ravenswood’s lone doubles team. They registered an 8-0 win against Sissonville in their first match of No. 1 doubles before dropping an 8-0 decision to Logan.