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Area tennis teams, individuals win State Championships

Valley players take home top honors
Bob Jones’ Parker Free Captures 7A Boys’ No. 1 Singles Crown
Bob Jones’ Parker Free Captures 7A Boys’ No. 1 Singles Crown(AHSAA Photos / MARVIN GENTRY)
Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 10:15 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Vestavia Hills High School swept the boys’ and girls’ AHSAA Class 7A State Tennis Championships Tuesday in the tourney being held at the Mobile Tennis Center. The Lady Rebels posted 57 points to claim the school’s 12th girls’ state title overall. However, it was the school’s first since last winning in 2016. Auburn was second with 42 and Huntsville finished third with 37.

Vestavia’s boys captured their seventh state crown overall and their sixth since 2011 posting 53 points in the two-day tournament. Hoover was second with 32 and Auburn was third with 26. The Rebels won four in a row from 2011-2014 and also won the title in 2019. The Class 4A/5A state tourney was also completed Tuesday at Mobile Tennis Center with Madison Academy winning its second straight state boys’ crown. The Mustangs were led by Parker Jacques, who won his second straight No. 1 singles title and teamed with his brother Houston Jacques to claim the 4A/5A doubles crown for the second year in a row. Madison Academy totaled 65 points and LAMP was a close second with 62. Saint James was third with 47.

Randolph’s girls scored 59 points to win the 4A/5A girls’ state championship. Runner-up Russellville had 46 points and defending state champion St. John Paul II Catholic of Huntsville was third with 42. Sardis was close behind with 37. The Class 1A/3A State Tennis Championships, being played at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Tennis Center, also concluded Tuesday with Houston Academy posting 54 points to win the boys’ crown for the fourth year in a row. Bayside Academy had 48 points to win the girls’ 1A/3A championship. It was the first state championship for the Lady Admirals since 2018 and third overall.

The Class 6A State Championships will be played Thursday and Friday at Mobile Tennis Center.

In the individual competition:

· Parker Jacques defeated LAMP’s Edward Lee 7-5, 6-1 to repeat as the 4A/5A No. 1 singles champion. He and his brother Houston Jacques defeated Saint James’ doubles team Toba Rias and Josh Harvey 6-0, 6-0 to sweep the No. 1 competition.

· Alana Boyce led Randolph to the 4A/5A girls’ No. 1 championship beating Abrianna Erwin of Etowah in the finals 6-0, 6-0. Boyce and Lova Stenberg also won No. 1 doubles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Russellville’s Peyton Parrish and Sofia Tiffin. Randolph captured three singles titles and two doubles championships.

· Ryen Walker of Whitesburg Christian downed Grant Eller of Westminster-Oak Mountain 6-2, 6-3 to win the Class 1A/3A No. 1 singles title. Andrew Ayodeji of Houston Academy won at No. 2 with a hard-fought 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 win over Sebastian Sayegh of Montgomery Catholic. The Raiders captured five of the six singles titles and two of the doubles crowns.

· Cooper Davis and Sayegh won the No. 1 doubles championship with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Walker and Grayson Paulus of Whitesburg Christian.

· In the 1A/3A girls’ finals, Amaria Schultz of Mars Hill Bible beat Bayside’s Claire Prickett 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1. O’Melia MacPherson won at No. 2 for the Admirals beating Lily Grace Draper of Donoho 6-1, 6-1.

· Draper and Claire Hillman won the No. 1 doubles championship beating Prickett and MacPherson 6-1, 2-6, 10-8 in the finals.

· In Class 7A, Bob Jones’ Parker Free, who finished second in 2021, beat Samuel Sellers of Hoover 6-1, 6-1 to win the No. 1 boys’ singles title. Vestavia Hills won three singles finals with Ryan Pearman beating Hoover’s Gavin Patton 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles finals. Pearlman also joined with Jake Anthony to give the Rebels the championship in No. 1 doubles. The duo beat Isaac Hwangpo and Patton in the finals 6-3, 6-3.

· Claire Bosman of Auburn defeated Cindy Jiang of Vestavia Hills 6-2, 6-1 to claim the Class 7A girls’ singles championship. Vestavia Hills won the other five singles titles, however, with Ansley Cox topping Stella Stephens of Huntsville 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles finals.

· Bosman and her sister Camilla Bosman joined forces to win the No. 1 doubles title beating Stephens and Mazi MacGrotty 6-2, 6-2 in the final match. Vestavia Hills won the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles championships with Cox and Kenley Outzen taking a 6-1, 6-2 win over Shreya Ejantkar and Hanbi Youn of Auburn in the finals.

AHSAA STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS CLASS 7AMobile Tennis Center

BOYS’ FINAL RESULTS Team Scoring Vestavia Hills 53; Hoover 32; Auburn 26; Huntsville 20; Bob Jones 13; Fairhope 5; Alma Bryant 4; Enterprise 4; Daphne 0.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RESULTS Singles

No. 1: Parker Free, Bob Jones def. Samuel Sellers, Hoover, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2: Isaac Hwangpo, Hoover def. Evan Williams, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 3: Ryan Pearlman, Vestavia Hills def. Gavin Patton, Hoover, 6-4, 6-0.

No. 4: Kade Nelson, Vestavia Hills def. Matthew Hajazin, Hoover, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 5: Luke Bedwell, Vestavia Hills def. Davis Jackson, Auburn, 6-0, 6-3.

No. 6: Kevin Yan, Auburn def. Drew Castleberry, Vestavia Hills, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.

Doubles

No. 1: Jake Anthony/Ryan Pearlman, Vestavia Hills def. Isaac Hwangpo/Gavin Patton, Hoover, 6-3, 6-3.

No. 2: John Michael Yanosky/Kade Nelson, Vestavia Hills def. Logan Thomas/Jacob Corrigan, Huntsville, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3: Drew Castleberry/Kyle Norris, Vestavia Hills def. Lenny Bankson/Luis Jeong, Auburn, 6-2, 6-2.

GIRLS’ FINAL RESULTS

Team Scoring

Vestavia Hills 57; Auburn 42; Huntsville 27; Hoover 11; James Clemens 11; Enterprise 7; Alma Bryant 0; Daphne 0; Fairhope 0.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RESULTS

Singles

No. 1: Claire Bosman, Auburn def. Cindy Jiang, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2: Ansley Cox, Vestavia Hills def. Stella Stephens, Huntsville, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3: Katherine Morros, Vestavia Hills def. Kristina Hwangpo, Hoover, 5-7, 6-4, 10-4.

No. 4: Madison Standifer, Vestavia Hills def. Shreya Ejantkar, Auburn, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 5: Kenley Outzen, Vestavia Hills def. Hanbi Youn, Auburn, 4-6, 7-5, 10-3.

No. 6: Caroline Helms, Vestavia Hills def. Victoria Choo, Auburn, 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles

No. 1: Claire Bosman/Camilla Bosman, Auburn def. Mazi MacGrotty/Stella Stephens, Huntsville, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 2: Ansley Cox/Kenley Outzen, Vestavia Hills def. Shreya Ejantkar/Hanbi Youn, Auburn, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 3: Katherine Morros/Nancy Chen, Vestavia Hills def. Hannah Bryant/Lydia Clark, Huntsville, 6-0, 6-2.

CLASS 4A/5AMobile Tennis Center

BOYS’ FINAL RESULTS

Team Scoring Madison Academy 65; LAMP 62; Saint James 47; Douglas 26; Deshler 25; John Carroll Catholic 25; Leeds 18; Boaz 14; Demopolis 12; Satsuma 12; Russellville 11; St. Michael Catholic 10; Altamont 9; New Hope 9; Sylacauga 7; Wilson 4; American Christian 2; Oneonta 0.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RESULTS

Singles No. 1: Parker Jacques, Madison Academy def. Edward Lee, LAMP, 7-5, 6-1.

No. 2: Houston Jacques, Madison Academy def. Josh Whitman, John Carroll, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3: Ian Shin, LAMP def. Sam Fulkerson, Madison Academy, 6-3, 6-2.

No. 4: Wonjun Lee, LAMP def. Jacob Hume, Leeds, 6-1, 7-5.

No. 5: Sun-ho Kim, LAMP def. Ryan Jeong, Saint James, 6-1, 6-4.

No. 6: Joe Allen, Madison Academy def. Richard Chen, LAMP, 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles No. 1: Parker Jacques/Houston Jacques, Madison Academy def. Toba Rias/Josh Harvey, Saint James, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2: Ian Kim/Ian Shim, LAMP def. Fletcher Harvey/Aiden Van Matre, John Carroll, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3: Grady Byrne/Joe Allen, Madison Academy def. Danny Trock/Grayson Eaves, Saint James, 6-1, 6-2.

GIRLS’ FINAL RESULTS

Team Scoring Randolph 59; Russellville 46; St. John Paul II Catholic 42; Sardis 37; Altamont 30; LAMP 29; Etowah 28; Leeds 17; American Christian 14; Deshler 13; Saint James 11; Pike Road 10; John Carroll Catholic 9; Sylacauga 7; Faith Academy 6; St. Michael Catholic 2; Satsuma 2; Fayette County 0.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RESULTS

Singles No. 1: Alana Boyce, Randolph def. Abrianna Erwin, Etowah, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2: Megan Tao, Randolph def. Maren Weathers, St. John Paul II, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3: Lydia Slocum, Randolph def. Trish Bukenya, St. John Paul II, 6-4, 61-6, 10-5.

No. 4: Dabeen Choi, LAMP def. Jayden Johnson, Sardis, 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.

No. 5: Karly Bailey, Saint James def. Karmin Luders, St. John Paul II, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 6: Katherine Grace Whatley, Altamont def. Annie Artega, John Carroll, 6-1, 4-6, 10-5.

Doubles No. 1: Alana Boyce/Lova Stenberg, Randolph def. Peyton Parrish/Sofia Tiffin, Russellville, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2: Megan Tao/Lydia Slocum/Randolph def. Alex Hall/Trish Bukenya, St. John Paul II, 7-5, 7-5.

No. 3: Madeline Cooper/Leah Rushing/Russellville def. Dabeen Choi/Hanna Baik, LAMP, 6-7, 6-2, 10-4.

CLASS 1A/3ALagoon Tennis Center

BOYS’ FINAL RESULTS

Team ScoringHouston Academy 54; Montgomery Catholic 30; Whitesburg Christian 29; Westminster-Oak Mountain 22; T.R. Miller 13; Decatur Heritage 8; Covenant Christian 4; Shoals Christian 2; Lauderdale County 0.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RESULTS

Singles No. 1: Ryen Walker, Whitesburg Christian def. Grant Eller, Westminster-Oak Mountain, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2: Andrew Ayodeji, Houston Academy def. Sebastian Sayegh, Montgomery Catholic, 6-4, 2-6, 10-5.

No. 3: Brody Williams, Houston Academy def. Mark Osten, Montgomery Academy, 6-4, 6-4.

No. 4: Jason Mun, Houston Academy def. Liam Munnings, Westminster-Oak Mountain, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.

No. 5: Wills McRae, Houston Academy def. David Holaway, Whitesburg Christian, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 6: Thomas Buntin, Houston Academy def. Porter Lunsford, Westminster-Oak Mountain, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles No. 1: Cooper Davis/Sebastian Sayegh, Montgomery Catholic def. Ryen Walker/Grayson Paulus, Whitesburg Christian, 7-5, 6-3.

No. 2: Jody Williams, Jason Mun, Houston Academy def. Herrington Hobbs/Caleb Ray, T.R. Miller, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 3: Willis McRae/Thomas Buntin, Houston Academy def. Wesley Eyrich/Porter Lunsford, Westminster, Oak Mountain, 6-1, 6-1.

GIRLS’ FINAL RESULTS

Team Scoring Bayside Academy 48; Donoho 41; Lauderdale County 25; Mars Hill Bible 20; Houston Academy 12; Whitesburg Christian 5; St. Bernard 4; Westminster-Oak mountain 2; Westbrook Christian 0.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RESULTS

Singles No. 1: Amaria Schultz, Mars Hill Bible def. Claire Prickett, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2: O’Melia MacPherson, Bayside Academy def. Lily Grace Draper, Donoho, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 3: Kenza Bilbeisi, Houston Academy def. Lillie McInnis, Bayside Academy, 3-6, 6-2, 10-6.

No. 4: Lizzie Tanner, Lauderdale County def. Avery Vandermeeden, Bayside Academy, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 5: Annie Neill, Bayside Academy def. Molly Burchell, Lauderdale County, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 6: Anne Marie Harris, Donoho def. Millison Mixon, Bayside Academy, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles No. 1: Claire Hillman/Lily Grace Draper, Donoho def. Claire Prickett/O’Melia MacPherson, Bayside Academy, 6-1, 2-6, 10-8.

No. 2: Laviah Lash/Lizzie Tanner, Lauderdale County def. Mary Marshall Perry/Harper Pumroy, Donoho, 6-3, 2-6, 10-3.

No. 3: Millison Mixon/Lillie McInnis/Bayside Academy def. Blair Kitchen/Anne Marie Harris, Donoho, 6-2, 6-1.

Results and article from AHSAA.

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