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Class 6A Boys Tennis Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Wins First State Title In Close 6A Finish

     Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa won at No. 5 and 6 singles and No. 2 doubles Friday in the AHSAA Class 6A Boys State Tennis Tournament at Mobile Tennis Center and squeaked out the school’s first state tennis title in one of the closest finishes in AHSAA history.
    Six points separated the top six teams with Coach Brad Armstrong’s Patriots totaling 41 points to win by two over Walker (39 points). Dothan was third with 38, Briarwood Christian was fourth with 36, Opelika and Florence tied for fifth with 35 each. Cullman had 27 to take seventh, Northridge and Saraland tied for eighth with 24 apiece.
     Junior Peter Whitehurst of Dothan captured the No. 1 singles title beating Cade Pressnell of Austin 6-3, 7-6 (4).  Whitehurst and fellow junior Jordan May also won the No. 1 doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cullman duo Matthew Davis and Donny Camp.
     Junior Addison Osborn of Hillcrest won at No. 5, and sophomore Tag Shaw took No. 6 singles for Hillcrest. The Patriots also won the No. 2 doubles championship with juniors Jon Logan Beadlescomb and Osborne defeating Briarwood’s Lucas Catellanos and Bennett Davis 6-3, 6-1.
Briarwood was also named the team sportsmanship winner.

Class 6A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 41,Walker 39, Dothan 38, Briarwood Christian 36, Florence 35, Opelika 35, Cullman 27, Northridge 24, Saraland 24, Austin 11, Homewood 11, Shades Valley 10, Albertville 2.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Briarwood Christian.

Singles Finals
No. 1 – Peter Whitehurst, Dothan d. Cade Pressnell, Austin, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
No. 2 – Thomas Collier, Briarwood d. Winston Smith, Opelika, 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 – Tyler Banks, Walker d. Zack Wolfe, Hillcrest, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 – Nick Hester, Florence d. Ben Hicks, Walker, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 – Addison Osborne, Hillcrest d. Mason Woodman, Walker, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 – Tag Shaw, Hillcrest d. Colin Higginbotham, Northridge, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Peter Whitehurst/Jordan May, Dothan d. Matthew Davis/Donny Camp, Cullman, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 – Jon Logan Beadlescomb/Addison Osborne/Hillcrest  d. Lucas Catellanos/Bennett Davis, Briarwood, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Markie Buettner/Dalton Clary, Northridge d. Noah Davis/Nikhil Boorgu, Florence, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3


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.

Class 7A Boys Tennis Mountain Brook Crowned First 7A State Boys Tennis Champion

     Mountain Brook became the first AHSAA Class 7A state boys’ tennis champions Tuesday as the Spartans doubled up the competition posting 74 points in the victory at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Tennis Complex.
     Huntsville and Spain Park tied for second place with 35 points each, and McGill-Toolen was fourth with 29.
     Coach Susan Barlow’s team improved its boys' state record total to 24 – dating back to 1969. However, Tuesday’s title was the school’s first boys’ championship since 2010. Farlow’s girls  also holds the AHSA state record for most girls’ tennis titles with 26. The Lady Spartans finished second to Huntsville Tuesday.
     Mountain Brook’s boys won four singles titles and placed second in another. The Spartans swept all three doubles championships.
     Bob Jones’ Vince Rettke won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Brooks Green of McGill-Toolen in the finals. Mountain Brook sophomore Peter Hartman won the No. 2 singles finals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Garrect Hartsock of Spain Park. Yates Jackson (No. 3), David Faulkner (No. 4) and Paul Jones (No. 6) also won singles titles for Mountain Brook. Will Hargrove also finished second in the No. 5 singles finals falling to William Cook of Huntsville.
     Sam Lidikay and Jackson won at No., 1 doubles beating Brooks Green and Hallet Green of McGill-Toolen 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in a hard-fought final.  Hartman and Faulkner won at No. 2 doubles, Hargrove and Jones won at No. 3.
     
Class 7A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Mountain Brook 74, Huntsville 35, Spain Park 35, McGill-Toolen 29, James Clemens 22, Enterprise 14, Bob Jones, 8, Fairhope 8, Auburn 6.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Enterprise.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Vince Rettke, Bob Jones d. Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 – Peter Hartman, Mountain Brook d. Garrett Hartsock, Spain Park, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Nathan Bartz, McGill-Toolen, 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 – David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Jacob Bourland, Huntsville, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
No. 5 – William Cook, Huntsville d. Will Hargrove, Mountain Brook, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Ethan Forbes, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Sam Lidikay/Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Brooks Green/Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
No. 2 – Peter Hartman/David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Jacob Bourland/William Cook, Huntsville, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Will Hargrove/Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Dalton Holladay/Jack Setterfield, Spain Park, 6-0, 6-1



Class 7A Girls Tennis Huntsville Claims First Girls Tennis Title Since 1990

     Huntsville High School out-scored nipped runner-up Mountain Brook 61-57 to capture the AHSAA’s first Class 7A state girls tennis championship Tuesday at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Tennis Complex.
     Huntsville parlayed one doubles and three singles championships into the Lady Panthers’ first state girls’ tennis title since 1990. It was the school’s fourth overall.
    Coach Reece Morton’s team was boosted by freshman Sydney Flesch’s come-from-behind 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Daryn Ellison of Spain Park in the No. 1 singles finals. Ashley Coots also won at No. 3 singles and Nicole Reilly took the No. 6 singles crown.  Andrea Walker and Laura Walker also won the No. 3 doubles title.
    Mountain Brook, which holds the AHSAA girls' state record with 26 state championships, was led by Elllie Polk and Cele Sullivan, who won at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Polk also teamed with Sarah Cooper to win the No. 2 doubles title.
    Vestavia Hills’ team of Haley Harmon and Hannah Nelson captured No. 1 doubles beating Flesch and Coots of Huntsville in the finals 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Lady Rebels finished third overall with 50 points, and McGill-Tooeln was fourth with 26.
           
Class 7A State Girls Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Huntsville 61, Mountain Brook 57, Vestavia Hills 50, McGill-Toolen 26, Fairhope 21, Hazel Green 10.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Fairhope.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Sydney Flesch, Huntsville d. Daryn Ellison, Spain Park, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 – Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Sarah Cooper, Mountain Brook, 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 – Ashley Coots, Huntsville d. Georgia Morros, Vestavia Hills, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 – Ellie Polk, Mountain Brook d. Grace Forbes, Huntsville, 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 – Cele Sullivan, Mountain Brook d. Meredith Cazalas, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 – Nicole Reilly, Huntsville d. Harper Anderson, Vestavia Hills, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Haley Harmon/Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Sydney Flesch/ Ashley Coots, Huntsville, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 – Sarah Cooper/Ellie Polk, Mountain Brook d. Chloe Warren/Caroline Adams, Fairhope, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 – Andrea Walker/Laura Walker, Huntsville d. Helen Darby/Margaret Clark, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 7-5

Class 4A/5A Boys Tennis UMS-Wright Boys Claim 7th Consecutive AHSAA Tennis Crown

     UMS-Wright captured the 16th AHSAA boys’ state tennis championship in school history Tuesday totaling 80 points in the Class 4A/5A state tourney held at the Mobile Tennis Center. UMS-Wright had won six straight Class 4A crowns coming into the new 4A/5A division. The streak is still alive now at seven.
     St. Paul’s, the Class 5A champs in 2014, finished second with 50 points and Randolph was third with 48.
     The tourney still has No. 1 singles finals to play Wednesday. Trinity Presbyterian’s Tyler Vermillion won three straight singles matches to reach the finals and will face UMS-Wright senior William Hooper, who beat Randolph’s Grant Ginsburg in a grueling 6-3, 7-5 semifinals to set up today’s final match. Hooper also teamed with Nicholas Anez to win four No. 1 doubles matches including Tuesday’s 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Ginsburg and Owen Averbuch of Randolph in the finals.
      Cooper played in his maximum number of matches forcing the singles finals to be postponed.  Since all other play has concluded, the two netters will play the championship match Wednesday at 4 p.m. at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, a midway point between Montgomery and Mobile for the two schools.
      Coach Rick Cleveland’s Bulldogs can pick up three more points with a Cooper win. Trinity, which had 31 points, can also added three more points to its total with a Vermillion win. UMS-Wright’s girls won the 2015 state crown Tuesday and now owns a seven-year state championship winning streak as well.
      Anez won the No. 2 singles title for Cleveland’s squad. UMS-Wright also got singles championship wins from Patrick Kraver (No. 3) and Patrick McGowin (No. 4). Patrick Kraver and Pete VanLingen also had a hard-fought win over Jimmy Mackin and Sam Franklin of St. Paul’s in the No. 2 doubles finals, winning 7-6 (6), 6-3.
               
Class 4A/5A State Boys Tennis Championships*
Team scoring:
UMS-Wright 80*, St. Paul’s Episcopal 50, Randolph 48, Trinity Presbyterian 31*, LAMP 27, Russellville 24, Fayette County 18, West Point 16, Helena 14, Douglas 12, Guntersville 10, St. James 9, Sylacauga 9, Haleyville 4, Jacksonville 2, Oneonta 2.
*-Final scoring will be completed after No. 1 singles finals Wednesday.
Team Sportsmanship winner: (tie) Fayette County and SAylacauga.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Tyler Vermillion, Trinity vs. William Hooper, UMS-Wright, Wednesday at TR Miller, High School, Brewton, 4 p.m.
No. 2 – Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Owen Averbuch, Randolph, 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Patrick Kraver, UMS-Wight d. Max Williams, Trinity, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 – Patrick McGowin, UMS-Wright d. Sam Franklin, St. Paul’s, 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 – William Russell, St. Paul’s d. Pete VanLingen, UMS-Wright, 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 – Harrison Citrin, St. Paul’s d. Jackson Laurence, UMS-Wright, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – William Hooper/Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Grant Ginsburg/Owen Averbuch, Randolph, 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 2 – Patrick Kraver/Pete VanLingen, UMS-Wright d. Jimmy Mackin/Sam Franklin, St. Paul’s, 7-6(6), 6-3
No. 3 – William Russell/Harrison Citrin, St. Paul’s d. Patrick McGowin/Will McGowin, UMS-Wright, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5


Class 4A/5A Girls Tennis UMS-Wright Wins 7th Straight AHSAA Girls’ Tennis Title

     UMS-Wright moved into the newly created Class 4A/5A tennis division in 2015 with the same precision that led to the Lady Bulldogs’ six straight Class 4A state championships from 202009-14. Coach Meridy Jones’ Bulldogs posted 71 points to capture the school’s seventh straight title Tuesday at the Mobile Tennis Center. Deshler finished a strong second with 51 points and St. Paul’s Episcopal, the 2014 Class 5A champs, was third with 46 points.
     Senior McKenzie Courtney won her third straight No. 1 singles championship beating Douglas senior Isabella Wisener in the finals 6-1, 6-2. Wisener, a Birmingham-Southern signee, was selected the 2015 Bryant-Jordan Program Scholar-Athlete of the Year on April 13.
     Courtney and Audrey Sewell combined to win the No. 1 doubles title as well with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ali Gonzales and Selinne Morrisette of St. Paul’s. Morrisette also won at No. 3 doubles.
    Elizabeth Swain (No. 4), Brooke Swain (No. 5) and Ellen Williams (No. 6) also posted singles wins in the finals for UMS.
     Josie Waddell led Deshler with the No. 2 singles title.  Mary Davis and Lauren Cantrell also posted a win in the No. 3 doubles championship match. Cantrell earned MVP honors in the 2015 AHSAA Class 4A state basketball tournament leading the Tigers to the state crown at the BJCC in February.
    UMS-Wright now owns 12 state girls’ tennis championships winning 10 in the last 12 seasons, another in 1994 and the school’s first in 1978 when the girls played at J.T. Wright. The all-girls school later merged with UMS Prep.
               
Class 4A/5A State Girls Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
UMS-Wright 71, Deshler 51, St. Paul’s Episcopal 46, Trinity Presbyterian 34, Douglas 27, Randolph 27, Guntersville 20, LAMP 18, Sylacauga 17, Helena 15, Oneonta 14, Springville 2, Brooks 2.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Trinity Presbyterian, Montgomery.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – McKenzie Courtney, UMS-Wright d. Isabella  Wisener, Douglas, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – Josie Waddell, Deshler d. Ann Mason Hunter, St. Paul’s, 6-4, 7-6(4)
No. 3 – Seline Morrisette, St. Paul’s, d. Adelaide Bell, UMS-Wright, 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 – Elizabeth Swain, UMS-Wright d. Monnie Slaton, St. Paul’s, 6-3, 7-5
No. 5 – Brooke Swain, UMS-Wright d. Lauren Cantrell, Deshler, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
No. 6 – Ellen Williams, UMS-Wright d. Elaina Holt, Guntersville, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – McKenzie Courtney/Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright d. Ali Gonzales/Seline Morrisette, St. Paul’s, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 – An Mason Hunter/Monnie Slaton, St. Paul;’s d. Kyra Holway/Riner, Deshler, 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Mary Davis/Lauren Cantrell, Deshler d. Ellen Williams/Martha Williams, UMS-Wright, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Class 1A-3A Boys Tennis Montgomery Academy Boys Sweep Tennis Title for Eagles

   Montgomery Academy won all nine singles and doubles championship matches Tuesday to total 65 points as the Eagles claimed the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A-3A state boys’ tennis crown at Decatur’s Almon Tennis Center at Decatur’s Point Mallard State Park.
   It was the fifth straight title and 14th boys’ state championship overall for Coach David Bethea’s Eagles. The win gave Montgomery Academy a sweep of the boys’ and girls’ championships in 2015.
  Westminster of Oak Mountain was second with 28 points and Altamont was third with 26.
   Bo Torbert won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Dylan Young of Madison Academy. Torbert and Hunter Carroll, the 2014 No. 1 singles champion, combined at No. 1 doubles for the Eagles to beat Trent Kannegieter and Matthew Mitchell, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 7-6 for the state title. Carroll also won No. 2 doubles.
     Also winning singles titles for Montgomery Academy were Clayton Muller (No. 3), James Torbert (No. 4), Will Spain (No. 5) and Allen Millsap (No. 6).  Spain and James Torbert also won No. 2 doubles while Muller and Millsap finished the sweep with the No. 3 doubles championship.

Class 1A-3A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Montgomery Academy 65, Westminster-Oak Mountain 28, Altamont 26, Houston Academy 20, Indian Springs 10, Madison Academy 9, Bayside Academy 9, Faith Christian 2, Decatur Heritage 2, Sheffield 2.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Bo Torbert, Montgomery Academy d.  Dylan Young, Madison Academy, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 – Hunter Carroll, Montgomery Academy d. Chris Mines, Altamont, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Clayton Muller, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Spencer Skidmore, Altamont, 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 – Will Spain, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Mann, Westminster OM, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Samson Sands-Mac Lidikay, Altamont, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Bo Torbert/Hunter Carroll, Montgomery Academy d. Trent Kannegieter/Matthew Mitchell, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 7-6
No. 2 – Will Spain/James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Bobby Skelton/Mark McClure, Westminster OM, 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 – Clayton Muller/Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Mann/Parker Mixon, Westminster OM, 6-3, 6-1


Class 1A-3A Girls Tennis Montgomery Academy Claims 15th State Girls Tennis Championship

   Montgomery Academy edged defending state champion Houston Academy 46-41 to capture the Lady Eagles’ 15th state championship Tuesday at Decatur’s Almon Tennis Center at Decatur’s Point Mallard State Park.
   It was the third state crown in in the last four seasons for MA.
   American Christian finished third with 23 points and Madison Academy was fourth with 15.
   Sydney Homan of Madison Academy beat Houston Academy’s Natalie Voss 6-0, 6-1 in the finals to claim the No. 1 singles title.  For Homan, a senior, it was her fourth straight state title, putting her in an elite group of past No. 1 singles champions including Helen Cunningham of Bayside Academy (2005-08), Hillary Barnes of St. James (2001-04), Ashley Bentley of Montgomery Academy (1999-2002), Kristen Flowers of Houston Academy (1990-93) and Ann Templeton of Ramsay (1967-70).
    The singles championship was a rematch of the 2014 title match for Voss, also a senior, and Homan.
    Claiming the No. 2 singles title was Nicola Voss of Houston Academy. She beat sophomore Elizabeth Robertson of Montgomery Academy in the finals 6-2- 6-2.
     Coach Fairlie Herron’s Eagles won singles titles at 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles.
     Hannah Snider, a senior, captured the No. 3 singles championship beating Sterling Gualteri of Madison Academy 6-2, 6-1. Junior Holland Griffin won for MA at No. 4 singles, sophomore Kate Dockery won at No. 5 and junior Lucy Massey won at No. 6.
    The Voss sisters, Natalie and Nicola, won the No. 1 doubles state crown with a 6-4, 6-2 win over American Christian’s Leah Davis and Mary Madison Taylor. Robertson and Griffin teamed to win the No. 2 doubles for Montgomery Academy. Houston Academy’s Caroline Orr and Mary Francis White gave the Raiders the No. 3 doubles championship.

Class 1A-3A State Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Montgomery Academy 46, Houston Academy 41, American Christian 23, Madison Academy 15, Shoals Christian 9, Altamont 6, Decatur Heritage 2, Whitesburg Christian 2.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Sydney Homan, Madison Academy d.  Natalie Voss, Houston Academy, 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 – Nicola Voss, Houston Academy d. Elizabeth Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Hannah Snider, Montgomery Academy d. Sterling Gualteri, Madison Academy, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Holland Griffin, Montgomery Academy d. Kaitlyn Mohlenbrok, American Christian, 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 – Kate Dockery, Montgomery Academy d. Mary Kate Jones, Houston Academy, 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 – Lucy Massey, Montgomery Academy d. Bailey Farrish, American Christian, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Natalie Voss/Nicola Voss, Houston Academy d. Leah Davis/Mary Madison Taylor, American Christian, 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 – Elizabeth Robertson/Holland Griffin, Montgomery Academy d. Kavita Kanramneni/Mary Kate Jones, Houston Academy, 6-1, 6-1