Briarwood Christian, Walker Claim AHSAA Class 6A State Tennis Titles

       MOBILE – Walker High School won the boys’ Class 6A state championship, and Briarwood Christian captured the Class 6A girls’ state crown as the AHSAA State Tennis Championships concluded Friday at Mobile Tennis Center.
    Walker scored 66 points to win its first state title since 2010. Runner-up Florence had 47 and Opelika finished third with 36 in the boys’ competition. Briarwood totaled 58 points and Walker took second place with 50 in the girls’ division.  Florence was third with 45 points.
     Sophomore Chase Parker of Northview beat Nathan Wang of Shades Valley in the No. 1 singles finals 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Walker, however, sealed the boys’ championship winning three singles championships and two doubles titles.  Sophomores Tyler Banks, Ben Hicks and John Bertoldi won at No. 4 and 6 singles, respectively, for Coach Christian Matthews’ Vikings.
    Banks and Hicks also won at No. 2 doubles, Bertoldi and Eli Matthews won No. 3 doubles.  Capturing the No. 1 doubles title were Opelika’s Kevin Lazenby and Andrew Bizilia. The duo beat Dothan’s Peter Whitehurst and Jordan May in the finals, 6-3, 7-6. Whitehurst was the defending 6A singles champion.
    Northridge was named the Sportsmanship Award recipient.
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    Briarwood Christian, coached by Jeremy Mears, won two singles matches and still has senior Jud Tarence waiting to face defending Class 6A state singles champion Lilly Holmes, a Florence senior, in the No. 1 singles championship match. That match was postponed until Tuesday afternoon. It will be played at 5 p.m., at Cullman High School. Tarence had played four matches on Friday and, by state tournament rules, could not compete in a fifth match.
     Senior Frannie Ware also won at No. 4 singles for the Lions, and freshman Callie Ware won at No. 2.  Tarence and Holmes did square off in the No. 1 doubles finals Friday, however, with Holmes and Ruth Roberts giving Florence a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win. Tarence was playing with partner Kateleigh Calloway.
     The Lions already clinched the school’s first state title since 2013 prior to the final match.
     Saraland was selected the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All state tennis results can be found at http://dnn.ahsaa.com/TEMPLATES/2016GirlsClass6AStateTennisBrackets/tabid/4835/Default.aspx.


AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 6A Final Results

Briarwood Christian 58; Walker 50; Florence 45; Northridge 40; Decatur 33; Cullman 29; Saraland 22; Albertville 17; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 14; Northview 10; Homewood 7; Opelika 4; Gulf Shores 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Saraland.

No. 1 –
Lilly Holmes, Florence  vs. Jud Tarence, Briarwood Christian, postponed until Tuesday, 5 p.m., at Cullman HS.
No. 2 – Callie Ware, Briarwood d. Emily Overbee, Decatur, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 –Olivia Hayes, Walker d. Izzy Nolan, Northridge, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 4 – Frannie Ware, Briarwood Christian d. Mary Ann Wolfe, Walker, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 5 – Emily, Graves, Cullman d. Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4.
No. 6 – Edy Smith, Florence d. Alyssia Steed, Saraland, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 –
Lilly Holmes/Ruth Roberts, Florence d. Jud Tarence/Kateleigh Calloway, Briarwood Christian, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 – Beverly Fite/Anna Katherine Layton, Decatur d. Natalie Bleazard/Holley Beth Spivy, Walker, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 3 – Kelsi Wilson/Kenna Eldridge, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa d. Mary Ann Wolfe/Shanna Watt, Walker, 6-1, 6-2.

Walker 66; Walker 47; Opelika 36; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 33; Cullman 31; Briarwood Christian 27; Dothan 24; Spanish Fort 24; Saraland 17; Gulf Shores 10; Austin 6; Muscle Shoals 6; Albertville 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Northridge.

No. 1 –
Chase Parker, Northview d. Nathan Wang, Shades Valley, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 – Adam Self, Spanish Fort d. Connor Borresen, Cullman, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 – Tyler Banks, Walker d. Nikhii Boorgu, Florence, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
No. 4 – Ben Hicks, Walker d. Christian Ragsdale, Briarwood Christian, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 5 – Noah Davis, Florence d. Tag Shaw, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 6 – John Bertoldi, Walker d. Jach Ruserlyan, Florence, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
No. 1 –
Kevin Lazenby/Andrew Bizilia, Opelika d. Peter Whitehurst/Jordan May, Dothan, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 2 – Tyler Banks/Ben Hicks, Walker d. Scott Carpenter/Connor Pruett, Opelika, 7-5, 6-0.
No. 3 – Eli Matthews/John Bertoldi, Walker d. Noah Davis/Jach Ruserlyan, Florence, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

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