Vestavia Boys, Mountain Brook Girls Rule 6A Tennis

St. Paul’s Pulls Off Sweep Of Class 5A Boys & Girls Championships 

6A Boys: Vestavia Hills Claim Fourth Straight
      Vestavia Hills dominated the finals Friday to capture their fourth straight Class 6A boys’ state tennis championship. The Rebels won four singles titles and all three doubles championships in the state meet at Mobile’s Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.
      Coach Adam Kolasa’s team set a state record with the 85-point team total.
      Zigi Wang beat Bob Jones’ Vince Rekke 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles finals for Vestavia Hills. Cabel Cantrell won at No. 2 singles. He and Wang also won the No. 1 doubles championship. Jack Patton and Brian Akhtar won the No. 4 and No. 5 singles titles for the Rebels.
      Mountain Brook finished second with 61 points and Huntsville was third with 41.
      Fairhope was the Class 6A Sportsmanship Award recipient.
      Complete boys results can be found online at Team point totals and championship match results are listed below:

      Team scoring: Vestavia Hills 85, Mountain Brook 61, Huntsville 41, Enterprise 27, Bob Jones 24, Auburn 23, McGill-Toolen 19, Dothan 17, Fairhope 17, Hoover 14, Florence 13, Opelika 7, Foley 5, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5, Hewitt-Trussville 2, Mary Montgomery 2, James Clemens 0, Northridge 0.
Sportsmanship Award: Fairhope


Class 6A Boys
Singles Finals
No. 1:
Zigi Wang, Vestavia Hills, def. Vince Rettke, Bob Jones, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2: Cabel Cantrell, Vestavia Hills, def. Anthony Pelegrini, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3: Ben Shearer, Mountain Brook, def. John Morson, Vestavia Hills, 6-0, 6-4.
No. 4: Jack Patton, Vestavia Hills, def. Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 5:
Brian Akhtar, Vestavia Hills, def. Will Cook, Huntsville, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 6: David Faulkner, Mountain Brook, def. Paul Taylor, Vestavia Hills, 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles Finals
No. 1:
Zigi Wang/Cabel Cantrell, Vestavia Hills, def. Jacob Weinacker/Ben Shearer, Mountain Brook, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2:
John Morson/Jack Patton, Vestavia Hills, def. Anthony Pelegrini/Will Cook, Huntsville, 7-6 (1), 6-4.
No. 3: Brian Akhtar/Paul Taylor, Vestavia Hills, def. David Faulkner/Will Hargrove, Mountain Brook, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (4).

6A Girls: Mountain Brook Claims 26th Title
      Mountain Brook High School captured the 26th girls’ state tennis championship in school history Friday in a tough three-team battle as the 2014 state tennis championships concluded at Mobile’s Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.
      The Lady Spartans, coached by Susan Farlow, have won three of the last four 6A state titles.
      Mountain Brook finished with 64 points, Huntsville had 57 and 2013 state champion Vestavia Hills had 56 points.
      Carlee Petro won the No. 1 singles title over Huntsville’s Emma Burgess, 6-1, 6-4 to anchor the Lady Spartans’ effort. Olivia Howe also won at No. 3 singles, and Lil Kilgore at No. 5 for Mountain Brook.
      Spain Park’s Darwin Ellison and Kendal Holaday captured the No. 1 doubles title over Haley Harmon and Hannah Nelson of Vestavia Hills.
      Enterprise was named the Class 6A Sportsmanship Award recipient.
      Complete girls results can be found online at Team point totals and championship match results are listed below.
      Team scoring:
Mountain Brook 64, Huntsville 57, Vestavia Hills 56, Northridge 26, Enterprise 23, Decatur 21, Fairhope 20, Florence 17, Spain Park 17, Auburn 15, McGill-Toolen 15, Hoover 14, Hewitt-Trussville 8, Opelika 4, Daphne 0, Mary Montgomery 0, Smiths Station 0.
Sportsmanship Award: Enterprise.

Class 6A Girls
Singles Finals
No. 1:
Carlee Petro, Mountain Brook, vs. Emma Burgess, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2: Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills, def. Anna-Quinn Weaver, Decatur, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3: Olivia Howe, Mountain Brook, def. Emily Grace Forbes, Huntsville, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 4: Andrea Walker, Huntsville def. Rebecca Pearlman, Vestavia Hills, 6-7 (0), 6-3, 6-4.
No. 5:
Lil Kilgore, Mountain Brook, def. Renee Melkerson, Huntsville, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 6: Laura Walker, Huntsville, def. Elinor Anthony, Mountain Brook, 6-2, default.

Doubles Finals
No. 1:
Daryn Ellison/Kendal Holaday, Spain Park, def. Haley Harmon/Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
No. 2:
Olivia Howe/Lil Kilgore, Mountain Brook, def. Kristen Jebeles/Harper Anderson, Vestavia Hills, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3: Sarah Cooper/Kat Sours, Mountain Brook, def. Rebecca Pearlman/Bailey Hymer, Vestavia Hills, 6-4, 6-2.

5A Boys: St. Paul’s edges Cullman, Spanish Fort

      St. Paul’s Episcopal won three singles finals and one doubles final to hold off a strong challenge from Cullman and defending champion Spanish Fort to capture the 2014 boys’ Class 5A tennis championship Friday at Mobile’s Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. It was St. Paul’s 10th boys’ state crown.
      The Saints, coached by Laura McGee, totaled 55 points, Cullman had 47, Spanish Fort 45 and Briarwood Christian was a close fourth with 43.
      Spanish Fort’s Barry Booth won the No. 1 singles title with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Clint Watson of Cullman. The win was the fifth in a row at No. 1 singles for a Toros netter.
      St. Paul’s captured championships at No. 4 singles by Benton Weinacker, No. 5 singles by Sam Franklin and No. 6 singles by William Russell. Weinacker and Russell also won the No. 3 doubles title.
      Watson and Baylor Adams won the No. 1 doubles championship for Cullman beating Turner Sankey and Turner Myers of St. Paul’s 6-2, 6-3.
      Spanish Fort was voted the Class 5A Sportsmanship Award recipient.
      Complete boys results can be found online at Team point totals and championship match results are listed below:

      Team scoring:  St. Paul’s Episcopal, 55, Cullman 47, Spanish Fort 45, Briarwood Christian 43, Boaz 24, Russellville 24, Walker 19, Arab 11, Demopolis 11, Benjamin Russell 5, Valley 2.

Class 5A Boys
Singles Finals
No. 1:
Barry Booth, Spanish Fort, def. Clint Watson, Cullman, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
No. 2: Baylor Adams, Cullman, def. Matt Wade, Boaz, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3: Thomas Collier, Briarwood, def. Will Redden, Spanish Fort, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 4: Benton Weinacker, St. Paul’s, def. Eli Matthews, Walker, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 5:
Sam Franklin, St. Paul’s, def. Levi Hargett, Russellville, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 6: William Russell, St. Paul’s, def. Josh Williams, Russellville, 6-4, 6-0.

Doubles Finals
No. 1:
Clint Watson/Baylor Adams, Cullman, def. Turner Sankey/Turner Myers, St. Paul’s, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 2:
Jacob Davis/Matthew Davis, Cullman, def. G. Oaks/Thomas Collier, Briarwood, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 6-2
No. 3: Benton Weinacker/William Russell, St. Paul’s, def. Spencer Miller/Logan Carlyle, Spanish Fort, 6-1, 6-1.

5A Girls: St. Paul’s Wins 18th Crown

      St. Paul’s made it a Class 5A sweep Friday winning a hard-fought 66-60 victory over runner-up Walker in the Class 5A girls’ state tennis championships at Mobile’s Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.
      The Saints boys also won the state championship Friday.
      St. Paul’s, coached by Melissa Baker, won two singles titles and finished second in two others. Muscle Shoals finished third with 39 points and Briarwood was fourth with 35. The Saints have won 18 state titles overall and 11 since 2000.
      Briarwood’s Ashley Ochsenhirt beat Ali Gonzales of St. Paul’s 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles finals. Sydney Mason of Muscle Shoals won over St. Paul’s Ann Mason Hunter at No. 2 with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory. Seline Morrisette (No. 3) and Monnie Slaton (No. 4) won state titles for the Saints.
      Benjamin Russell was named Class 5A Sportsmanship Award recipient.
      Complete girls results can be found online at Team point totals and championship match results are listed below.

      Team scoring: St. Paul’s Episcopal 66; Walker 60; Muscle Shoals 39; Briarwood 35; Cullman 30; Arab 17; Saraland 11; Homewood 10; Sylacauga 8; Demopolis 7; Benjamin Russell 6; Valley 0.
Sportsmanship Award: Benjamin Russell.

Class 5A Girls

Singles Finals
No. 1:
Ashley Ochsenhirt, Briarwood, def. Ali Gonzales, St. Paul’s, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2: Sydney McKinney, Muscle Shoals, def. Ann Mason Hunter, St. Paul’s, 6-2, 1-6, 7-3.
No. 3: Seline Morrisette, St. Paul’s, def. Ashton Henderson, Briarwood, 7-5, 6-0.
No. 4: Monnie Slaton, St. Paul’s, def. Oliva Hayes, Walker, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 5: Sarah Warren, Walker, def. Kateleigh Calloway, Briarwood, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 6: Lilli Watson, Cullman, def. Abbey Hayes, Walker, 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles Finals
No. 1:
Ali Gonzales/Seline Morrisette, St. Paul’s, def. Kallie Beal/Lexi Dillard, Walker, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2: Geana Burton/Sarah Warren, Walker, def. Alexa Knight/Averi Renfroe, Muscle Shoals, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 3: Francis Case/Lily Myers, St. Paul’s, def. O.Hayes/Abbey Hayes, Walker, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

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