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Gators take a bite out of Dogs
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First-year schools and their athletic teams are not supposed to be this good.With an enrollment more in line with a 4A entry, River Bluff has created plenty of problems in Region 4-AAA in all sports, none more than this spring.Tuesday, the Gators dealt a blow to Camden’s AAA state tennis tournament hopes by pinning a 6-0 loss on the visiting Bulldogs in a match which left CHS (6-6, 1-6 in 4AAA) head coach Roger Smoak impressed.“I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a first-year team that is this good,” said the state’s winningest tennis coach. “River Bluff is a team that can make a run for the state championship. To me, they are the best team in our region, by a good bit.”Saying the scores were not indicative of how hard his team played, Smoak was disappointed with how his players opened their matches only to play better in each of the six second sets.“We didn’t play our best,” he said, “but we were steady.