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McGill-Toolen’s Sean Collins becomes First to Clear 17 Feet to Win Class 7A Pole Vault

    The AHSAA’s most prolific boys’ pole vaulter in state history and two girls’ distance runners  took center stage Thursday as the AHSAA’s 91st  annual State Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A.
     The Class 1A, 2A, 3A State Championships will debut at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium Friday morning.  Both meets are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Links to the broadcasts can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
    McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Sean Collins became the first AHSAA competitor to clear 17 feet to win the Class 7A pole vault state title Thursday night at Gulf Shores. Collins’ best leap of the outdoor season was 16-08, almost four inches better than his record-setting  indoor height (16-04 ¾) last February in the AHSAA indoor state championships. He attempted 17-05 Thursday night three times but did not clear. Never-the-less, he came away as with the 7A and overall state record and a place in the AHSAA track record books  that will be talked about for years to come.
     Eighth grader Amaris Tyynisma of Montgomery Catholic beat her season best time of 5:05.06 by four seconds to set a new Class 4A state girls’ record in the 1,600 meters at Gulf Shores Thursday – clocking 5:01.38 to get the win. She already holds state indoor records in the 3,200 and 1,600 meters and set an all-time AHSAA girls’ cross country record last fall at the AHSAA cross country state championships with a 17:03 in the 3.1-mile race.  She will be running the 800 meters Friday and the 3,200 meters Saturday at Gulf Shores Complex.
      In Class 7A, where all championship times are state records in the AHSAA’s newest classification, Huntsville’s Abbey Weitenbeck ran 4:59.76 to win the first-ever 7A title in the 1,600 meters. Her time was 11 seconds off the pace of the state overall record (4:48.23) set in 2013 by Carmen Carlos of McGill-Toolen. Carlos now competes in the SEC at Vanderbilt.
     After three finals events, UMS-Wright leads Class 4A boys and girls with 30 and 31.50 points, respectively. In Class 5A, St. Paul’s leads the girls with 27 points and the boys with 23 points. The 5A girls had just two events posted.  Homewood tops the 6A point totals with 30 in the boys’ competition and 29 in the girls’ events.  McGill-Toolen Catholic leads the 7A girls with 31 points and Auburn tops the boys with 20 points. The pole vault, which finished late, had not been posted.
     Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopsal won the 1,600 in Class 5A and Mary Grace Strozier of Pelham won in in Class 6A.
    On the boys’ side, two sprinters turned in near-record times in the 100-meter dash prelims. Gary Johnson of Douglas clocked his fastest time of the year (10.79 seconds) to pace all 5A qualifiers. Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika also had his best time of the season with a 10.57 qualifying time in 6A, and Joshua Burks of James Clemens posted a 10.65 to lead Class 7A qualifiers.
   Robert Hope of UMS-Wright (4A), Sheldon Britton of Alabama Christian (5A), Andy Bryant of Homewood (6A) and Paul Barlow of Auburn (7A) each posted wins in boys’ 1,600-meter action.
    Several field events were completed Thursday.
   Among the  winners were:
Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen:  The Class 6A record holder cleared 12 feet, 10 inches to establish Class 7A’s initial state record in the pole vault Thursday. She holds the 6A record with a 12-04 clearance last year and set the state 7A indoor record clearing 12-04¼ in February at the CrossPlex.
Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright: Posted Class 4A wins in the triple jump (35 feet, 2 ½ inches) and high junp (5-02) to help the Lady Bulldogs take the first-day lead.
Christian Bell, Hoover: Won the boys’ 7A shot put with a 5-10 winning toss.
DeShaun Williams, St. Clair County: His 21-08 distance won the Class 5A boys’ long jump championship.
Results can be found at www.ahsaa.com at the live stats link.

Class 6A Girls State Tennis Tourney Walker Rolls To AHSAA Class 6A Girls Tennis Championship

     Walker High School claimed two singles titles, one doubles title and still has the No. 1 doubles finals to complete as the Lady Vikings rolled to the AHSAA Class 6A Girls State Tennis Tournament championship Friday at the Mobile Tennis Center.
     Coach Rufus McDuffie’s Lady Vikings had 71 points through Friday’s matches and can pick up three more if senior Kallie Beall and junior Alexis Dillard can win the No. 1 doubles match against Decatur senior Ivey-Katherine Weaver and sophomore Anna-Quinn Weaver. The match will be played at Cullman Monday at 4:30 p.m.
     Briarwood Christian finished second with 60 points and Decatur, with 50 points, finished third. Cullman was fourth.
     Freshman Lilly Holmes of Florence beat Walker’s Beall in the No. 1 singles finals 6-3, 6-3.
Walker’s Olivia Hayes won at No. 3 singles and Gabby Jordan captured the No. 5 singles title.
Walker’s No. 2 doubles team comprised of Abby Hayes and Gabby Jordan won over India Wood and Grace Evans of Northridge, 6-2, 6-1.
     Briarwood had three singles winners (Jud Tarence at No. 2, Kateleigh Calloway at No. 4 and Callie Ware at No. 6). Calloway and Katelyn Bussey also won No. 3 doubles.
    The championship was Walker’s first since winning the Class 5A girls’ title in 2003.
    Saraland was also named the team sportsmanship winner.

Class 6A State Girls Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Walker 71, Briarwood Christian 60, Decatur 50, Cullman 31, Florence 22, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 21, Northridge 19, Spanish Fort 16, Albertville 11, Saraland 11, Oxford 10, Opelika 7, Daphne 4, , Gulf Shores 3. 

Team Sportsmanship winner: Saraland.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Lilly Holmes, Florence d Kallie Beall, Walker, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 – Jud Tarence, Briarwood d. Anna-Quinn Weaver, Decatur, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) 
No. 3 – Olivia Hayes, Walker d. Emily Overbee, Decatur, 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 – Kateleigh Calloway, Briarwood d. Abby Hayes, Walker, 7-6, 6-3
No. 5 – Gabby Jordan, Walker d. Gentry Bussman, Cullman, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 – Callie Ware, Briarwood d. Beverly Fite, Decatur, 7-6, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Anna-Quinn Weaver/Ivey-Kathrine Weaver, Decatur d. Kallie Beall/Alexis Dillard, Walker, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 – Abby Hayes/Gabby Jordan, Walker d. India Wood/Grace Evans, Northridge, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Kateleigh Calloway/Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood d. Olivia Hayes/Holley Spivey, Walker, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1



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


2015 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams Announced

     All-star squads for the 2015 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus July 22 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in soccer, baseball, volleyball and softball. The 55th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week and is set for Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
      Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
      Chris Love of Oak Mountain and Brian Pounders of Deshler will coach the North boys’ all-stars with Llewellyn serving as administrative coach. Dallas County’s Willie Moore, who led the Hornets to the 2015 Class 5A state tournament after winning the 4A title in 2014, will be coaching the South with John Price of Faith Academy. Price’s team has reached the 5A state tournament the last two years.  Card is the South administrative coach.
       The North Boys’ all-star basketball squad features 6-foot-6 junior Josh Langford of Madison Academy, the ASWA Class 3A player of the year after leading the Mustangs to the 3A state title, and 6-4 Justin Hopkins, who helped J.O. Johnson claim the Class 5A state crown. The South squad features 6-9 Cameron Diggs Crawford of Blount, the tallest player in the game, and Carver-Montgomery’s Antonio Nelson, a key player in the Wolverines’ Class 6A state championship run in 2015.
    Guards Emma Wallen and Ivy Wallen of Lauderdale County headline the North girls’ team. Sisters in the famed Lady Tigers “triplets”, Emma was named the Class 3A player of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and Ivy was selected MVP of the Class 3A state tournament as Lauderdale County closed out a 39-0 season.  Also on the North squad is Class 5A state tournament MVP and ASWA 5A player of the year Kaitlyn Rodgers, a power forward from Wenonah. Headlining the South squad are Ahyiona Vason and Jasmine Walker of 2015 Class 7A state champion Jeff Davis and Harriett Winchester, MVP of the Class 1A state tournament for state champion Keith. Walker was the 7A state tournament MVP. Also on the South squad are Cierra Johnson of Blount and Lacy Stafford of Geneva County, the ASWA Class 6A and 2A players of the year, respectively, for the 2014-2015 season.
     The North swept both games last year. The North Boys are 46-25 in the series dating back to 1953 and currently own a 12-game winning streak heading into 2015. The North Girls are 16-2 in the series that began in 1997 and have won the last seven games.
     The rosters are below.

2015  South Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                  Pos.     Ht.
Dana Echols                            Auburn                  G          5-4
Janesha Green                        Samson                 G          5-6
Jasmine Griffin                        Abbeville               G          5-2
Jas Hill                                     LeFlore                F          5-8
Cierra Johnson                        Blount                    G          5-8
Ivery Moore                            Demopolis               G          5-8
Margaret Robinson                 Davidson                  G          5-11
Ashley Scott                             UMS-Wright           C          6-2
Jaylen Snipes                           Opelika                  G          5-3
Lacy Stafford                           Geneva County        G          5-8
Ryann Sylvester                       McGill-Toolen           G          5-8
Ahyiona Vason                        Jeff Davis                 F          5-5
Jasmine Walker                      Jeff Davis                  F          6-3
Tykeria Williams                     Lee-Montgomery        G          5-6
Harriett Winchester                Keith                        G          5-10
Coaches
Chad McKnight                         Samson
Jennifer Norris                         Lanett
Nigel Card                               St. James (Administrative)                                                     

2015  North Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Katie Allen                               Albertville                   G          5-11
Charity Brown                         Sipsey Valley               G          5-7
Rachael Childress                   Lawrence County        G/F      5-10
Kenyha Coulson                       Lee-Huntsville             G          5-10
Tyra Johnson                           Austin                          G          5-7
Presley Johnson                       Pisgah                          F/C       5-11
Kendra Langham                     Hoover                        F          5-10
Jailyn Maddox                         Hoover                        G          5-10
Kaitlyn Rodgers                       Wenonah                     F          6-1      
Tykeah Rogers                         Spring Garden             G/F      5-9
Katie Speegle                          Austin                          C          6-0      
Katelyn Thomas                      Shades Valley              C          5-11
Emma Wallen                         Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Ivy Wallen                               Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Bailey West                             Cold Springs                G          5-5
Coaches
Sheroderick Smith                   Winterboro
Carey Ellison                           Pisgah
Brant Llewellyn                       Lauderdale Co. (administrative)

2015  South Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Cameron Diggs Crawford       Blount                          C          6-9
Joshua Hill                               Faith Academy            F          6-4
Stephon Jackson                      Smiths Station             G          6-0
Chardian Johnson                    T.R. Miller                   G          6-0
Ryan Littel                               Enterprise                   F          6-8
Roderick Melton                     Northview                   G          6-0
Kevin Morris                           Dothan            C          6-7
Antonio Nelson                        Carver-Montgomery   G          6-1
Deric Patton                            Carroll, Ozark             G          5-11
John Pettway                           Keith                            G          6-2
Charles Price                           Southside-Selma         F          6-6
Austin Rogers                          Brewbaker Tech          F          6-3
Clifford Thomas                      Jeff Davis                     F          6-7
Roderic Scott                           Lee-Montgomery        G          6-0
Tionne Williams                      Central-Phenix City     C          6-8
Coaches
Willie Moore                           Dallas County
John Price                              Faith Academy
Nigel Card                             St. James (administrative)           

2015  North Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Jack Bonner                             Phillips                         G          6-1
Ryan Brown                             Albertville                   F          6-6
Tracey Burnett                        Lee-Huntsville             F          6-4
Triston Chambers                   Cold Springs                G          6-2
Mykelti Chatman                    Cordova                       F          6-6
Quinterious Croft                    Anniston                      G          5-11
Micah Fuller                            Bessemer City             G          6-0
Justin Hopkins                         J.O. Johnson                F          6-4
Travian James                         James Clemens           G          5-11
Jack Kline                                Mountain Brook          F          6-5
Jason Landman                       James Clemens           F          6-7
Josh Langford                          Madison Academy      G          6-6
Albert Luke                              Ramsay                       F          6-5
Joel Wester                             Cherokee County        G          6-2
Javien Williams                       Woodlawn                   G          6-4
Coaches
Chris Love                               Oak Mountain
Brian Pounders                        Deshler
Brant Llewellyn                        Lauderdale Co. (administrative)


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.

North-South Volleyball All-Star Teams, Coaches Named

                   Twenty-four outstanding junior volleyball players, 24 girls from across the state have been named to the North-South squads for the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).

                The two volleyball teams will square off on Thursday, July 23 at Faulkner University’s Tine Davis Gymnasium at 4 p.m.
                  The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball and softball. The 55th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week on Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
                    The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports’ specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
                  Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients,  Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
                  Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
                Coaching the South All-Stars will be Perry Robinson, of Class 6A 2014 runner-up Pelham, and Heather Nazat of Faith Academy. Administrative coach is Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin. North coaches are Haven O’Quinn, of 2014 Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook, and Amanda Smith of James Clemens. Sue Marshall of Randolph is administrative coach.
              Among the outstanding volleyball players selected are North juniors Sara Carr and Sara Mitchell of Mountain Brook, who helped Coach O’Quinn’s team win the first-ever Class 7A state title. John Carroll Catholic’s Kelsi Hobbs also played on the Cavaliers’ Class 6A state championship team.
       Julia Martin of Bayside Academy headlines the South squad. She helped the Lady Admirals win a state-record 13th straight state championship winning the 3A title in 2014. Outside hitter Kristy Odom

of Providence Christian led her team to the 2A state finals and a 56-match winning streak last season.
                The teams include:

2015 North Volleyball All-Star Team
Player                         School                         Pos.     Ht.
Isabelle Barnes           Bob Jones                    MB      6-1
Abby Borden               Arab                            Setter  5-9
Sara Carr                     Mountain Brook          OH       5-11
Madelyn Cheatham    Hartselle                     MB      6-1
Yta’e Cobb                   Muscle Shoals             MB      5-8
Victoria Fennell           Randolph                     Setter  5-10
Anna Harris                 Walker                        OH       5-9
Kelsi Hobbs                  John Carroll Catholic  OH       6-0
Aubrie Huddleston      Grissom                       OH       5-10
Alister Lowe                Hoover                        MB      6-0
Sara Mitchell              Mountain Brook          Setter  5-7
Courtney Rutledge      Huntsville                    Setter  5-11
Coaches
Haven O’Quinn, Mountain Brook
Amanda Smith, James Clemens
Sue Marshall, Randolph (administrative)

2015 South Volleyball All-Star Team
Player                         School                         Pos.     Ht.
Elizabeth Burnett        McGill-Toolen                         MB      6-2
Ashley Chapman         St. Luke’s Episcopal     MB      6-0
Rickie Constant           Fairhope                      MB      5-11
Macie Gatlin               Faith Academy            Libero  5-1
Taylor Harrelson         Enterprise                   OH       6-1
Julia Martin                 Bayside Academy        OH       5-6
Elizabeth Murphy        McGill-Toolen             Setter  5-8
Kristy Odom                Providence Christian   OH       5-10
Maegan Parrillo          Spanish Fort                OH       5-9
Elise Polio                    St. Luke’s Episcopal     OH       5-8
Janna Terry                 Baker                           Setter  5-10
Anna Whaley               Spanish Fort                OH       6-0
Coaches
Perry Robinson, Pelham
Heather Nezat, Faith Academy
Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery (administrative)      

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