Ravenswood's Boggs wraps up high school tennis career at state tournament

Mark Martin
Mychal Boggs played the final match of his outstanding high school tennis career in the 2021 West Virginia High School State Tennis Tournament. Boggs dropped a tough, 9-7, loss to Ethan Lang of Parkersburg Catholic.

Mychal Boggs certainly wanted to go as far as possible during last week's West Virginia High School State Tennis Tournament in Charleston.

While it wasn't meant to be, Boggs certainly closed out his career at the best place possible — the event featuring the top players in West Virginia high school tennis.

Boggs, a recent Ravenswood High School Class of 2021 graduate, dropped his opening state tournament match. Playing at No. 2 singles of the Class AA-A division, Boggs was beaten by Ethan Lang of Parkersburg Catholic, 9-7.

It was the third meeting of the year between Boggs and Lang.

The two had split in their previous showdowns.

Lang moved on but fell in his second match to eventual state runner-up Landon Persinger of Herbert Hoover.

It was a disappointing end for Boggs, who won a state doubles championship his freshman year and was playing singles in the state tournament for a second time (Boggs missed out on all of his junior year due to COVID-19), but head coach Sam Hilton says his standout left it all out on the court.

"He was down 7-4 and came back and tied it at 7-all," Hilton said. "We figured we were going to go to a tiebreaker if we have to."

Tied at 7-7, Boggs lost his serve and Lang then held his serve for the win.

"It was a tough match," Hilton said. "I'm proud of him."

The No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 champions of singles all came from Ravenswood's Class AA-A Region IV.

"That shows just how tough our region is," Hilton noted.