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UMS-Wright’s Hooper Closes Career With No. 1 Singles Win

    UMS-Wright High School senior William Hooper had to wait a day to close out the final championship in a two-day domination by Coach Rick Cleveland’s Bulldogs’ tennis team in the AHSAA Class 4A-5A Boys state tournament Wednesday.
   Hooper, who beat Trinity Presbyterian’s Tyler Vermillion 7-5, 6-3 in the finals played at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton. The final was the lone match not completed on Tuesday due to Hooper’s four matches played earlier in doubles and singles.  With the final points, UMS-Wright won the school’s seventh straight title compiling 82 points. Runner-up St. Pau’s was second with 50.
    Hooper teamed with Nicholas Anez to win the No. 1 doubles title Tuesday at Mobile Tennis Center. The four-match limit in a day forced the finals to be postponed – setting up a half-way point in Brewton for the two players to meet.
    Hooper, who has played on six UMS-Wright state championship teams, won 11 singles and doubles state championships during that span. He was 10-1 this season with his only loss coming to Brooks Green of Class 7A McGill-Toolen during the regular season.
     Trinity finished fourth with 31 points behind UMS, St. Paul’s and third-place Randolph (48 points).
   UMS-Wright’s girls also won the state championship for the seventh year in a row on Tuesday. The teams were playing in the newly created 4A-5A division for the first time. The previous six championships were in Class 4A.



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