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Mount Airy’s Mitch Kessler is the only local player still alive after the first day of the regional tournaments.


North Surry and Surry Central were ousted from the 2A brackets, and the Granite Bears’ doubles team lost in the 1A regional.


Kessler was seeded first by the coaches prior to the first round at Elkin.


Kessler then raced through a straight-set win over Avery’s Colston Padgett, 6-0, 6-0.


In the second round, Kessler faced Elkin’s Jacob Lyon.


The two were tied 2-2 in the first set, but Kessler broke Lyon’s serve and pulled ahead on his way to a 6-4, 6-2 win.


Kessler was using strategic placing of his groundstrokes in that match, according to Coach Rodney Pell.


The 1A regional continues today at 9 a.m. with Kessler facing Gray Stone Day’s John Latimer (19-2).


Last year, the two faced off in the semifinal, but Kessler was battling a pulled abdominal muscle and could barely serve.


After winning the first set, Kessler got progressively worse and lost the second and third sets to Latimer.


If he reaches the final, Kessler likely will face second seed Ryan Schell of Elkin.


On the doubles side, the Bears’ Justin Leonard and Jack Marion lost to Albemarle’s Spencer Dixon and Rusty Batten, 6-4, 6-2.


The Bears led 3-2 and then 4-3 in the first set, but couldn’t keep the momentum going.


In the 2A regional, North’s Samuel Holder won in the first round while teammate Corbin Willard lost.


Corbin played West Davidson’s best player who was 13-3 on the season, said Coach Drew Belton. Brett Moore is a very good player who beat West Stokes’ Andrew Holmes in straight sets in the dual-team playoffs. Moore beat Willard 6-1, 6-0.


Corbin finished the season 13-5 as the Greyhounds’ second seed.


Samuel played Parkwood’s second seed, Chris Lacombe, and won 6-3, 6-2, noted Belton.


Unfortunately, the reward was facing the reigning state champion.


Michael Ogden, Salisbury, won the state title as a freshman and is a legitimate Division I prospect, said Belton.


Samuel still played hard, but lost 6-0, 6-0, the coach said.


West Stokes’ Holmes and Sam Elter knocked out Surry Central’s Kirk Needham and Weston Mosley in the first round.


Then the Wildcats lost to the top doubles team from Salisbury in the second round.

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