Fort Mill’s Kate Hill returns the ball during the team’s match against Spring Valley Tuesday.

The Fort Mill girl’s tennis team improved to 3-1 in Region 3-5A play with a 4-2 win over Spring Valley Tuesday at home.

Fort Mill is now 4-1-1 overall on the season under first year head coach Kellie Kayton.

“We are young but it is exciting,” Kayton said on the team’s season thus far. “They are playing great.”

Kayton said the majority of girls are new to the team’s starting line up with only one back from last year’s starters in now No. 2 singles player Kate Hill.

On Tuesday, Fort Mill had three singles players win. Leading the way was No. 3 singles player Adrianna Staniszewski with a 6-4, 6-1 win. Esme Bronham won in a third set tie breaker at No 4 singles 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 and the Jackets’ No. 5 player Kendall McCarty won 6-4, 6-1

In the only doubles match, Hannah Swainey and Julia Yang won also in three sets 6-2, 1-6, 10-7 for Fort Mill.

Up next for the Jackets is a home match against Clover on Thursday, Sept. 15.


The Catawba Ridge girl’s tennis team beat Northwestern 4-2 to improve to 4-1 in Region 3-4A Tuesday evening. Winning for the Copperheads was Mallory McCart 6-4, 6-3; Ava King 6-0, 6-0; Sydney Biggers 6-3, 6-0 and Nala Uter and Gracyn Root in doubles 6-4, 6-1.

The Nation Ford girl’s tennis team also picked up a win Tuesday with a 5-1 win over Rock Hill to improve to 3-0 in Region 3-5A. Winning for the Falcons was Lauren Padgett 6-1, 6-4; Ava Baldino 6-0, 6-1; Isabella Neff 6-0, 6-2; Eva Arnautovic 6-0, 6-0 and in doubles Alexa Brenner and Ansley McDonald 6-3, 6-2.


The Nation Ford girl’s golf team beat South Pointe 198-228 at home at Springfield Golf Club. The Falcons were led by a 40 from Vivian Harris. Her score was followed by a 46 from Katie Griggs. Both Mary Fields Spratt and Cambell Reiking had rounds of 56 to finish the scoring for the Falcons.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep