Sunday, February 16, 2020






CLASS 6A TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Decatur Girls, Florence Boys Win State Crowns

DECATUR – Florence High School’s boys captured the school’s first AHSAA state tennis championship in school history Tuesday edging runner-up Northview 48-44 at the Class 6A State Championships played at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Point Mallard in Decatur. Defending state champion Walker was third with 43.
    Florence junior Lily Holmes also won the No. 1 singles title in the girls’ competition as the Falcons finished second to Decatur. The Lady Red Raiders scored 64 points with runner-up Florence netting 46. Northridge had 42 to finish third
    Bradshaw on the Class 5A boys’ tennis title in 2004. The school merged with Coffee High School the next school year to form Florence High.
    The 6A boys’ No. 1 singles final was captured by Northview junior Chase Parker over Gulf Shores freshman Wes Lartigne, 6-1, 6-1. Walker’s Ben Hicks won at No. 2 singles. Florence freshman Luke Singletary won at No. 3, Northview’s Cody Bonds won at No. 4, Florence freshman Noah Tompkins captured 5 singles, and Walker’s Grayson Barber won at No. 6.
    Northview won at No. 1 doubles, Florence won at No. 2 and No. 3.
Coach Kyle Justice’s Lady Raiders won singles titles at 3, 4 and 6 and at No. 2 and 3 doubles to capture the first girls’ state tennis title in school history. Holmes won the No. 1 singles final over Homewood freshman Maggie White, 6-1, 6-2.
    Northridge’s Bella Swindoll won at No. 2. Decatur took over to win three of the last four singles championships as senior Anna Kathryn Layton won at No. 3, sophomore Beverly Fite won at No, 4 and sister Kimberly Fite, a seventh grader, won at No. 6. Florence netter Ruby Cunningham won the No. 5 singles.
    Homewood won the No. 1 doubles and Florence sealed the title with wins at 2 and 3 doubles.
    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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