Thursday, February 20, 2020







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Vestavia Hills advanced two doubles teams to the finals and four of six singles players qualified for Tuesday’s semifinals the first day of AHSAA 2018 State Tennis tournament action drew to a close.
    The Rebels’ No. 1 singles player Alex Lloyd, won his first singles match 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 over Taiga Koyama of James Clemens to advance to the quarterfinals to face Auburn’s Phillip Bosman. That match was still underway late Monday afternoon at the Class 7A state meet being held at the Mobile Tennis Center.
    Defending No. 1 singles champion Brooks Green of McGill-Toolen Catholic drew a first-round bye and then beat Gage Anderson of Enterprise in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-1 to move to the semifinals – awaiting the winner of the Bosman-Lloyd match.
    The Yellow Jackets and defending state champion Mountain Brook advanced four players to the semifinals in singles. McGill-Toolen also advanced three teams to Tuesday’s doubles finals.  Green and Jordan Aggan, the Jackets’ No. 1 doubles team, will meet Mountain Brook’s duo of Andrew Karcher and William Watts in the finals. The Spartans advanced only one team to the doubles finals.
    Auburn and Huntsville moved three singles and one doubles team each to Tuesday’s play.

Defending state champion Mountain Brook was red hot in singles with all six netters advancing to the semifinals in Monday’s action. Emma Karcher downed Addy Lewis of Auburn 6-2, 6-0 to move to the semifinals at No. 1 singles for Coach Susan Farlow’s Spartans. Karcher also teamed with Liz Vandevelde to win their No. 1 doubles quarterfinal match over Hewitt-Trussville’s Caraline Cox and Anna Virginia Fagan, 6-0, 6-3. Vandevelde won at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles last year.
    Fairhope’s No. 1 doubles team of Abby Warner and Caroline Adams, will meet Karcher and Vandevelde in the finals Tuesday. The Pirates placed three in singles semifinals and also advanced their No. 2 doubles team  to the finals.  Four singles players advanced to the semifinals and two doubles teams moved to the finals for both Vestavia Hills and McGill-Toolen.

Senior Chase Parker of Northview High School received a first-round bye and was scheduled to face Braden Haning of Northridge in the quarterfinals late Monday afternoon as the AHSAA Class 6A State Tennis Championships got underway at Lagoon Park.
    Northview, which finished second to Florence last year, placed five players in the second round and the No. 1 doubles team of Parker and fellow senior Williams Adams won two tough doubles matches Monday to advance to the semifinals to face Muscle Shoals.
   Florence, which won its first state title last year, moved all six singles players into the quarterfinals Monday and placed its No. 2 doubles team in the semifinals. Muscle Shoals also had six singles players move to the quarterfinals.
   Play resumes at Lagoon Park Tuesday morning with the tournament concluding Tuesday afternoon.

Florence, Northridge, Northview, Saraland and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa each advanced netters to the quarterfinals in Class 6A Girls’ State Tournament play at Lagoon Park Monday. Defending state champion Decatur moved at least three to the quarters and the Red Raiders’ No. 1 doubles team of Margaret Lucas and Katherine Scott posted two wins to move into the semifinals to face Northridge’s India Woods and Grace Evans.

Briarwood Christian, which snapped UMS-Wright’s eight-year streak of state championships at last year’s Class 4A/5A State Tennis Tourney, appeared well on its way to a repeat with all six singles players and all three doubles team advancing Monday. Sophomore John Wolf, who won the No. 2 state singles title last year, had a first-round bye and second-round win to move into the No. 1 singles quarterfinals. He will face Sardis’ Drew Johnson, who won two matches Monday.
   Wolf and junior Parker Bradbary also won their way to the semifinals in No. 1 doubles and will face LAMP’s Jaemin Kim and Josh Kim in their next match.  LAMP advanced five singles and two doubles teams in Monday’s action at Mobile Tennis Center. The state meet concludes Tuesday.

   UMS-WRIGHT of Mobile rolled into the 2018 Class 4A/5A State Tennis Championships at Mobile Tennis Center riding a nine-year state championship winning streak dating back to 2009. After advancing all six singles netters into the quarterfinal round and all three doubles teams into the semifinals, the Lady Bulldogs are in good shape to make it 10 in a two.
    Standing in the way is Briarwood Christian, however, which advances five singles players into the quarterfinals with another still playing late Monday afternoon with the chance to make it six.  All three Lions’ doubles teams also won their way to the semifinals.
    Coach Meridy Jones’ Bulldogs appear to be even stronger this year. Junior Audrey Sewell won the No. 1 singles title last season. Monday she advanced playing No. 2 singles. Senior teammate Elizabeth Swain moved to the quarters at No 1. Swain and Sewell won two doubles matches at No. 1 to move to the semis.
    Briarwood eighth grader Kara Coleman moved to the quarterfinals at No. 1 singles and teamed with senior Laura Herren to advance to the semifinals in the No. 1 doubles competition.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal had four singles netters and two doubles teams advance.

Montgomery Academy had a streak of six straight state championships snapped in 2017. Coach David Bethea’s Eagles battled their way into second place at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Decatur’s Point Mallard early Monday night with 19 points – trailing Houston Academy, which had 24, by five with several matches still on the court.
    Junior James Torbert, who won the No. 1 singles title for Montgomery Academy last year, was still alive in No. 1 singles. So was Houston Academy’s Braden Read, who finished runner-up to Torbert. Read and Robert Dunlap advanced Monday to the semifinals at No. 1 doubles – as did Torbert and William Robertson for the Eagles. 
    Defending state champ Altamont had 16 points and was third in the standings.

CLASS 1A/3A       
    Bayside Academy posted 20 points by late Monday afternoon to take the early lead with several matches still to be played in the Class 1A/3A State Tennis Tourney at Point Mallard’s Jimmy Johns Tennis Center.  Sisters Claire and Evelyn Prickett advanced to the semifinals at No. 1 doubles, and Claire, playing No. 1 in the singles competition, also advanced to the quarterfinals.
    Montgomery Academy, winners of five state titles in the last six years, tied for fourth with 12 points. Donoho was second with 17 and Houston Academy had 16.
    Play will conclude Tuesday.

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