The Cartersville High School girls and boys tennis teams will play for the Region 5-AAAA championships Thursday afternoon at Dellinger Park after both teams advanced through opening rounds Wednesday.
The Lady Canes and Canes will both square off against LaGrange for the region title with the girls match scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and the boys match to follow. The second-seeded Cartersville girls defeated Sandy Creek and Cedartown Wednesday to reach the finals. The top-seeded Hurricanes beat Central-Carroll in the semifinals after receiving an opening round bye.
The region finals are expected to be tightly contested based on regular season results. Earlier this season, the LaGrange girls and the Cartersville boys won by 3-2 scores. Regardless of Thursday's outcome, all four teams have punched their tickets to the Class AAAA state tournament and all four will host opponents from Region 8-AAAA in the opening round as either No. 1- or No. 2-seeds.
The GHSA requires first round state tournament matches to be completed by April 18.