Winchester Thurston plays in what may be the toughest section in WPIAL Class 2A and has made the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
Now the Bears begin their quest for the first WPIAL team tennis title in school history.
Winchester Thurston heads into the tournament as the No. 9 seed and will travel to Blackhawk for a first round match Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Bears and Cougars have not met in the playoffs in at least 15 years.
Winchester Thurston last played in the title march in 2015 when it lost, 5-0, to Sewickley Academy. If the Bears win, they would likely face the 13-time defending champion and top seed in the second round.