2019 AHSAA CLASS 1A/3A STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
MONTGOMERY – Houston Academy swept all six singles and one doubles championship Tuesday at the AHSAA Class 1A/3A State Tennis Championships at Lagoon Park to post 78 points as the Raiders of Coach William Hart won the Dothan school’s third AHSAA boys’ state tennis title in school history. Saint James edged Saint Luke’s Episcopal 56-52 to win the Class 1A/3A girls’ state title.
Senior Will Tucker led Houston Academy with a hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Sam Prickett of Saint James to win the No. 1 boys’ singles crown. Saint James finished second with 67 points. Donoho was third with 27 and T.R, Miller followed with 22.
Senior Nicholas Ruddock won the No. 2 singles for Houston Academy. Other Raiders to win singles crowns were freshman Andrew Ayodeji (No. 3); junior Hayes Edwards (No. 4); junior David Edwards (No. 5); and seventh grader Mitchell Piedra (No. 6).
Saint James, coached by Geoff Waring, picked up the No. 5 singles title thanks to seventh grader Reilly Taylor and senior Allyn Browning won the No. 6 singles crown. Shoals Christian’s Lee Taylor Bishop beat Saint James senior Ann Miller 6-0, 6-3 to claim the No. 1 singles championship. Browning and Taylor also won the No. 3 doubles title for Saint James.
For complete match-play results, go to the following links:
Class 1A/3A Girls: http://dnn.ahsaa.com/tabid/4875/Default.aspx
Class 1A/3A Boys: http://dnn.ahsaa.com/tabid/4874/Default.aspx
CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
MOBILE – Briarwood Christian’s boys’ team made it a complete sweep Tuesday in the Class 6A State Tennis Tourney winning all six singles and all three doubles titles en route to posting 84 points to capture the Lions’ second straight AHSAA State Tennis Championship.
UMS-Wright had 54 points as the Lady Bulldogs won their 10th straight state tennis crown – breaking the AHSAA record of nine set by Coach Meridy Jones’ team last year. Both 2019 champions won the Class 4A/5A state titles in 2018 and moved up to Class 6A this school year.
Luke Wolf, a sophomore, led the Lions’ charge with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Northridge’s Braden Hannig in the No. 1 singles finals. His older brother John Wolf, a junior, won the No. 2 singles crown. He finished as runner-up in the 4A/5A No. 1 singles competition in 2018.
Luke Wolf and Connor Coleman won the No. 1 doubles title as well winning 6-4, 6-4 over Hannig and Tygren Goldammer of Northridge. Briarwood’s Coleman also won No. 3 singles; Ethan Carr won at No. 4; Alex Felts captured No. 5 singles and Will Tarter won at No. 6 for Coach Jeremy Mears’ Lions.
The 84 points by Briarwood tied the state record set by UMS-Wright’s boys in 2009. Northridge was second Tuesday with 50 points, Trinity Presbyterian had 34 and UMS-Wright 29.
St. Paul’s Episcopal totaled 48 points to finish a close second to UMS-Wright in the girls’ competition. Northridge was third with 43 and Decatur was fourth with 37.
Martha Williams was the only UMS-Wright player to win a single crown – capturing the No. 4 singles title. Tianna Dixon and Audrey Sewell won the No. 1 doubles title over Northridge’s Ava Rath and Jacqueline Alcocer 6-1, 6-4.
For complete match-play results, go to the following links:
Class 6A Girls: http://dnn.ahsaa.com/tabid/4876/Default.aspx
Class 6A Boys: http://dnn.ahsaa.com/tabid/4877/Default.aspx
Lady Spartans win for 29th time
DECATUR – Vestavia Hills High School outscored runner-up Huntsville 38-36 to claim the AHSAA 2-19 Class 7A Boys’ State Tennis Championship at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Point Mallard.
The Rebels snapped a three-year winning streak by Mountain Brook, which posted 24 points to finish third. Auburn was fourth with 22. The state title was the sixth overall for Vestavia, coached by Nathan Miles.
Mountain Brook captured its third girls’ Class 7A state title in a row and the 29th overall in school history accumulating 53 points In the Class 7A Girls’ State Championships. Coach Susan Farlow’s Lady Spartans out-pointed Vestavia Hills by 13 points. The Lady Rebels totaled 40 points, followed by McGill-Toolen Catholic with 17, Fairhope and Florence with 16 each. Fairhope’s girls received the 7A Sportsmanship Award and McGill-Toolen’s boys received the Boys’ Sportsmanship Award.
Sophomore Emma Karcher downed Maggie Nelson of Vestavia Hills 7-5, 6-3 to claim the No. 1 singles championship. Karcher finished second in 2018. Madison Jenkins won at No. 3 singles for the Spartans, Liz Vandevelde won at No. 4 singles and Warner Johnson at No. 5. Karcher and Vandevelde teamed to win the No. 1 doubles title. Sully Ferreira and Kate Jeffcoat won for at No. 3 doubles for Mountain Brook.
Auburn junior Phillip Bosman beat Grissom’s Parrish Simmons 6-4, 6-1 to capture the 7A boys’ No. 1 singles crown. Vestavia Hills won two singles titles, led by freshman George Fan at No. 3 and senior Gray Moore at No. 5. The Rebels’ team of sophomore Daniel Wheeler and junior Ethan Arrington won at No. 2 doubles title, and Vestavia won at No. 3 doubles with Fan and senior Jack Kimbrough.
The Class 4A/5A and Class 6A state tennis tourneys conclude Tuesday night at Mobile Tennis Center, and the Class 1A/3A State Tourney at Lagoon Park is expected to conclude later today.
For complete results of the Class 7A championships, go to the following links:
Class 7A Girls: http://dnn.ahsaa.com/Sports/IndividualSports/Tennis/20197AGirlsStateTennisBracket/tabid/4872/Default.aspx
Class 7A Boys
AHSAA Spring Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Senior hurdler Jalen Aibogun led Center Point High School to its third straight Jefferson County Track and Field Meet Championship to earn this week’s AHSAA Spring Spotlight for the sports of track and field, golf and tennis.
Aibogun won three events as the Eagles of Coach Preston Wilson won the title over a 12-team Jeffco field that included Clay-Chalkville, Shades Valley, Pinson Valley, Gardendale and Mortimer Jordan. Aibogun totaled 30 points winning the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the 400-meter dash.
Sophomore Ambria James captured first place in the shot put and took third place in discus throw to score 16 points as Center Point took the girls’ Jeffco title for the second year in a row. The roster for Coach Terress Long features only one senior and a strong sophomore class of 19 girls.
Quienterrius Tanksley also captured the discus event for Center Point’s boys and finished second in the shot. Kobe Collier won the high jump and the 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Lyric Lawson, Jabril Muhammad, Michael Jones and Kenyon Anthony finished third.
The Lady Eagles got a boost from Brandy Jamfi, who finished second in the 3,200 meters and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team.
The Jefferson County Championships was an excellent tune-up for all the Jeffco schools with AHSAA Section track meets set for the weekend of Apr. 25-26-27.
Other top performances reported in track, golf and tennis include:
OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook, coached by Susan Farlow, won the school’s 28th AHSAA State Girls’ Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Mobile Tennis Center, and Briarwood Christian’s boys swept all the singles and doubles championships completed in the Class 4A/5A State Tournament, which also concluded at Mobile Tennis Center.
McGill-Toolen Catholic won the 7A boys’ title – the school’s first since 1979, and UMS-Wright captured its 10th Class 4A/5A girls’ title in a row – breaking the record Coach Meridy Jones’ team set in 2017.
At Montgomery’s Lagoon Park, Jasper won the Class 6A boys’ state crown, the school’s sixth overall but its first since the school was changing its name from Walker High School to Jasper High School. In the Class 6A girls’ competition, Northridge won the school’s first tennis title.
And in the Class 1A/3A competition at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Point Mallard in Decatur, Bayside Academy out-pointed Montgomery Academy 62-46 to snap the Lady Eagles’ consecutive string of state championships at seven. Montgomery Academy’s streak ties for second most all time with Mountain Brook and is three shy UMS-Wright’s overall record.
The 1A/3A boys’ title was won by Houston Academy.
Individual boys’ No. 1 singles champions were: James Torbert, Montgomery Academy (1A/3A); Chase Parker, Northview (6A); and John Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A). The Class 4A/5A No. 1 singles finals was won by Randolph’s Kaustubh Holcomb over Briarwood's John Wolf, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. That match is the only Lions did not win in the 6A boys’ competition.
Individual girls’ No. 1 singles champions included: Peyton Miller, Indian Springs; Maggie White, Homewood (6A); and Sydney Fletch, Huntsville (7A). The 4A/5A No. 1 singles finals between Elizabeth Swain of UMS-Wright and Alana Boyce of Randolph was postponed to April 28 due to the four-match restriction and will also completed later this week.
Complete results of all singles and doubles finals are listed below.
Class 7A Boys State Tennis Championships
McGill-Toolen Catholic 41; Vestavia Hills 38; Mountain Brook 27; Auburn 20; Huntsville 11; Fairhope 9; James Clemens 7; Oak Mountain 4; Enterprise 2.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Auburn.
No. 1 – Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Wil Dotson, Fairhope, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Tanner Debardelaben, Auburn, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 – Adam Cabraja, Mountain Brook d. Gray Moore, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Clay Castleberry, Vestavia Hills d. Jordan Agagan, McGill-Toolen Catholic, 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 – Robert Hill, Vestavia Hills d. Andrew Wang, Auburn, 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 – Stuart Phelan, Mountain Brook d. Clayton Pearsall, Huntsville, 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 – Brooks Green/Jordan Agagan, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Andrew Karcher/William Watts, Mountain Brook, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Hallet Green/Jeffrey Shock, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Gray Moore/Robert Hill, Vestavia Hills, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 – Sam Smith/Jack Kimbrough, Vestavia Hills d. Andrew Wang/Graham Richey, Auburn, 6-3, 6-1
Class 7A Girls State Tennis Championships
Mountain Brook 50; Vestavia Hills 37; Fairhope 28; McGill-Toolen Catholic 13; Huntsville 11; Hewitt-Trussville 8; Auburn 2; Enterprise 2.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Auburn.
No. 1 – Sydney Fletch, Huntsville d. Emma Karcher, Mountain Brook, 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 – Charlotte Gillum, Mountain Brook d. Georgia Morros, Vestavia Hills, 7-5, 6-3
No. 3 – Lynsey Richardson, Fairhope d. Madison Jenkins, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Liz Vandevelde, Mountain Brook d. Chloe Warren, Fairhope, 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 5 – Nicole Jebeles, Vestavia Hills d. Ada Barber, McGill-Toolen Catholic, 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Maggie Duggan, Mountain Brook d. Kristen Jebeles, Vestavia Hills, 6-1, 7-6 (6)
No. 1 – Emma Karcher/Liz Vandevelde, Mountain Brook d. Abby Warner/Caroline Adams, Fairhope, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 2 – Nicole Jebeles/Kristen Jebeles, Vestavia Hills d. Lynsey Richardson/Chloe Warren, Fairhope, 7-5, 6-1
No. 3 – Georgia Morros/Kate Morros, Vestavia Hills d. Warner Johnson/Mae McGinnis, Mountain Brook, 6-3, 6-2
Class 6A Boys State Tennis Championships
Jasper 54; Muscle Shoals 40; Florence 36; Northview 33; Gulf Shores 27; Pell City 26; Northridge 20; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 14; Saraland 14; Oxford 7; Homewood 5; Wetumpka 5.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Florence.
No. 1 – Chase Parker, Northview d. Wes Lartigue, Gulf Shores, 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 – Ben Hicks, Jasper d. Zach Mastin, Muscle Shoals, 7-5, 7-5
No. 3 – Mason Woodman, Jasper d. Nikhil Boorgu, Florence, 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (injury)
No. 4 – Jackson Hall, Muscle Shoals d. Steven Bissell, Florence, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 – Jack Bowen, Jasper d. Bryant Wilkerson, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 7-6, 6-1
No. 6 – Grayson Barber, Jasper d. Thomas Harper, Northridge, 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 – Chase Parker/William Adams, Northview d. Wes Lartigue/Sam Lartigue, Gulf Shores, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 –Noah Tompkins/Nikhil Boorgu, Florence d. Tad Euler/Austin Grill, Pell City 6-3, 7-6
No. 3 –John Bertoldi/Grayson Barber, Jasper d. Mason Stevens/Sam Spalding, Muscle Shoals, 6-1, 7-6
Class 6A Girls State Tennis Championships
Northridge 63; Florence 43; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 37; Homewood 30; Jasper 24; Saraland 15; Hartselle 14; Northview 11; Cullman 8; Gulf Shores 6; Albertville 4; Dothan 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Cullman.
No. 1 – Maggie White, Homewood d. Margaret Lucas, Decatur, 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 – Ava Rath, Northridge d. Amelia Poolos, Jasper, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Martha Mitchener, Florence d. Bella Swindoll, Northridge, 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 – Grace Evans, Northridge d. Ruby Cunningham, Florence, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 – Madeline Creel, Florence d. Anna Harbin, Decatur, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 – Ana Caroline Sullivan, Northridge d. Emory Carnes, Hartselle, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 1 –Maggie White/Mackenzie Farrell, Homewood d. India Woods/Grace Evans, Northridge, 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 – Kenna Eldridge/Olivia Jones, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa d. Mary Alice Pearson/Lillian Griffin, Jasper, 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 –Allison Stegall/Carson Ryan, Northridge d. Madeline Creel/Isabelle Mallet, Florence, 6-4, 7-6
Class 4A/5A Boys State Tennis Championships
Briarwood Christian 87; LAMP 40; Randolph 38; Trinity Presbyterian 37; St. Paul’s Episcopal 33; UMS-Wright 25; Cherokee County 23; Saint James 23; Sardis 14; Jacksonville 10; Fayette County 9; Corner 2; Lee-Huntsville 2; Springville 2; Brooks 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: LAMP.
No. 1 – Kaustubh Holcomb, Randolph d. John Wolf, Briarwood, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
No. 2 – Parker Bradbary, Briarwood Christian d. Max Williams, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 – Conner Coleman, Briarwood Christian d. Kessler Park, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 – Ethan Carr, Briarwood Christian d. Tucker Bryan, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 – Alex Felts, Briarwood Christian d. Felix Wang, LAMP, 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 – Tyler Guerra, Briarwood Christian d. Jack Jones, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 –John Wolf/Parker Bradbary, Briarwood Christian d. Michael Varosky-Jaclylm Bezovoska, St. John Paul II Catholic, 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – Conner Coleman/Like Wolf, Briarwood Christian d. Nathan Smith/Will Steadman, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Ethan Carr/Tyler Guerra, Briarwood Christian d. Dean Herndon/Ben Loftis, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-3, 6-3.
Class 4A/5A Girls State Tennis Championships
UMS-Wright 83; Briarwood Christian 59; St. Paul’s Episcopal 47; Saint James 47; Trinity Presbyterian 209; Randoloh 26; Deshler 18; Sardis 17; Douglas 11; Russellville 9; LAMP 7; West Point 6; Westminster Christian 5; Montgomery Catholic 4; Demopolis 0; Oneonta 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Trinity Presbyterian.
No. 1 – Elizabeth Swain, UMS-Wright d. Alana Boyce, Randolph, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright d. Callie Ware, Briarwood Christian, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 – Brooke Swain, UMS-Wright d. Maggie Sullivan, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 – Martha Williams, UMS-Wright d. Glenn Case, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-1, 7-5
No. 5 – Adelaide Bell, UMS-Wright d. Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian, 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 – Anne Harvey, UMS-Wright d. Holly Hancock, Brarwood Christian, 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 – Elisabeth Swain/Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright d. Kara Coleman/Laura Herren, Briarwood Christian, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 – Callie Ware/Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian d. Ella Skier/Mia Smith, Saint James, 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 – Anne Harvey/Brooke Swain, UMS-Wright d. Vivian Stabler/Caroline Vegas, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Class 1A/3A Boys State Tennis Championships
Houston Academy 71; Montgomery Academy 58; Altamont 37; American Christian 32; St. Luke’s Episcopal 24; Donoho 12; Sylvania 9; T.R. Miller 8; St. Bernard 4; Lauderdale County 3; Lexington 3; Pleasant Valley 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: St. Luke’s Episcopal.
No. 1 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Spencer Skidmore, Altamont, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 – Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy d. William Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Trey Craven, Houston Academy d. Tanner Hearing, American Christian, 6-2. 6-1
No. 4 – Will Tucker, Houston Academy vs. Zach Norman, St. Luke’s Episcopal, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 – Hamilton Chapman, Montgomery Academy d. Nicholas Ruddock, Houston Academy, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 – Whit Davis, Montgomery Academy d. Wesley Sudarshan, Altamont, 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 – Braden Read/Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy d. James Torbert/William Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 –Trey Craven/Will Tucker, Houston Academy d. Sameer Sultan/Aaron Miller, Altamont, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 – Hamilton Chapman/Whit Davis, Montgomery Academy d. Nicholas Ruddock/Andrew Ayodeji, Houston Academy, 6-4, 6-1
Class 1A/3A Girls State Tennis Championships
Bayside Academy 62; Montgomery Academy 46; Donoho 33; St. Luke’s Episcopal 29; Indian Springs 24; Houston Academy 22; Shoals Christian 18; Decatur Heritage 17; Altamont 14; Lauderdale County 3; Faith Christian 3, Whitesburg Christian 2.
Sportsmanship Award: Altamont.
No. 1 – Peyton Miller, Indian Springs d. Claire Prickett, Bayside Academy, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 – Evelyn Prickett, Bayside Academyd. Claire Hillman, Donoho, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 – Jenna Chandler, Montgomery Academy d. Virginia Hutto, Donoho, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 –Whitney Novak, St. Luke’s Episcopal d. Lucy Chapman, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-0 No. 5 – O’Melia Macpherson, Bayside Academy d. Bailey Founds, Decatur Heritage, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 –Mary Catherine Branyon, Bayside Academy d. McRae Freeman, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 –Lee Taylor Bishop/Madison Hughes, Shoals Christian d. Claire Prickett/Evelyn Prickett, Bayside Academy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Anna Marie Bentley/Whitney Novak, St. Luke’s Episcopal d. Martha Ernest/Lucy Chapman, Montgomery Academy, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 – McRae Freeman/Ann Coburn Chapman, Montgomery Academy d. Ellie Perry/O’Melia MacPherson, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 6-3
FIRST-DAY STATE TENNIS RESULTS FROM MONDAY’S ACTION
For the latest results, go to www.ahsaa.com and to the tennis section on in-season sports.
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