Sunday, February 16, 2020






CLASS 3A TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Montgomery Academy Girls, Altamont Boys Win Titles

    MOBILE – Montgomery Academy’s girls won the AHSAA Class 1A /3A state tennis titles for the fifth time in the last six years and Altamont snapped the Eagles’ six-year championship run in the boys’ competition edging MA 61-55 Tuesday in the final day of the two-day tourney held at the Mobile Tennis Center.
     The Lady Eagles, coached by Tracy Smith, posted a 20-point cushion with 63 points as Montgomery Academy its 16th state crown overall dating back to 1971. Bayside Academy was second with 43 points and St. Luke’s of Mobile was third with 33.
      Altamont, coached by Barry Bearden, won it first state championship for the first time since 2010. 
     Eighth grader Kida Ferrari won the No. 1 singles title in the girls’ 1A/3A competition beating Houston Academy’s Nicola Voss 6-2, 6-0 in the championship match. Montgomery Academy’s Kate Dockery won at No. 2, Caroline Deale won No. 3 for the Eagles and teammate Martha Ernest won at No. 6. St. Luke’s Episcopal netter Whitney Novak won at No. 4 and Bayside’s Mary Catherine Branyon won at No. 6.
    Shoals Christian won the No. 1 doubles with Leigh Taylor Bishop and Karleigh Cross beating MA’s Elizabeth Robertson and Deale, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals. Novak and Anna Marie Bentley won at No. 2 and MA’s duo of Ernest and Lucy Chapman won at No. 3.
Montgomery Academy, coached by recently inducted Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame coach David Bethea, had won six straight 1A/3A tennis championships heading into the state tourney. Sophomore James Torbert, last year’s No. 2 singles winner, gave the Eagles a boost with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Houston Academy’s Braden Read in the No. 1 singles finals Tuesday.
   Altamont pulled out the championship with a win at No. 3 singles by Arjun Lakhanpal and doubles wins at No. 2 and 3 by the duos of Chris Mines and Arjun Guru and Mac Lidikay and Lakhanpal.
    Montgomery Academy won at No. 1 doubles with Torbert and William Robertson beating the Knights’ No. 1 doubles team Spencer Skidmore and Sameer Sultan.
    Houston Academy’s Collin Dorner and Trey Craven won No. 2 and No. 4 singles. Montgomery Academy’s Dalton Wallis and Hamilton Chapman won at 5 and 6 singles.
   Complete team and individual results can be found at on its front page in the tennis section of in-season sports.   

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