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Young Dogs entering tougher tennis region
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THOMAS MARSHALL GOES UP to get to a shot at a Camden practice. The freshman will man the fifth singles position for the Bulldogs this spring. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
In recent years, Camden’s winning the region title in boys’ tennis was all but a foregone conclusion. Before head coach Roger Smoak and his teams stepped onto the court for their first match, they all but had the title in their collective back pocket.That all changed when the Bulldogs were put in Region 4-AAA, along with three-time defending state champion Chapin. One person who you will not hear complaining about the change in locale is Smoak.Entering his 43rd year as the head coach at CHS, the winningest tennis coach in South Carolina history likes nothing more than a good challenge, something his past two squads hardly ever received in their former region which included just two other tennis-playing schools.The combination of Smoak fielding what is one of his youngest teams and playing in what may well be the toughest AAA circuit in the state might lead some coaches to bring out the “woe is me” card.