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  1. It was a battle of state champs in both the Boys and Girls A Divisions as MBA and Knox Webb girls claimed championships in the 62nd Annual Chattanooga Rotary Tennis Tournament held on the indoor courts at Baylor this past weekend. Knox Webb boys easily claimed the B Division title with 24 points as runner-up Spain Park had 12 and McCracken Girls won the B Division with 20 points while runner-up Knox Catholic had 13. Girls A Division: It came down to doubles as two-time defending Rotary winner Baylor (D-II AA state champs) needed to win all three doubles to claim the title outright or win two and share first place with Knox Webb (D-II A champs). But the Spartans from Knoxville claimed wins at Nos.1 and 3 doubles to take home first place in the A Division for the first time since 2005. Webb led 15-13 after the first day winning all 15 matches, but Baylor won three singles titles (Lauren Carelli, Landie McBrayer and Anna Hawkins at Nos.2-3-4) Saturday to pull within a point at 20-19 before doubles. Webb’s doubles winners were Carina Dagotto-Lauren Yoon at No.1 and Lili Yoon at No.3. Boys A Division: In a four team race MBA, claimed singles titles at Nos. 4-5 and at No.2 doubles to edge Kentucky state champ and defending Rotary champ St. Xavier, 16 to 14.5, while Maryland state champ Gilman finished with 13.5 and Memphis Univ. School had 13 in the eight team field. Both MBA and MUS are past TSSAA D-II state champs and MBA last won Rotary in 2010. St. Xavier claimed wins at No.2 singles and Nos.1 and 3 doubles. “This is a great tournament to see where we are in relation to other teams in the our division (D-II AA) as we will see Baylor, McCallie and MUS at our Carter Invitation later this month as well most likely at Spring Fling in May,” said MBA coach Mike Davidson. McCallie-Baylor Tie: The Tornado and Red Raiders tied with eight points each and meet in the first of two dual matches Wednesday at McCallie. Champions Dinner: Knox Webb Coach Jimmy Pitkanen said with a smile, “The boys will want to stop at Waffle House, while the ladies favor whole foods. The guys like the grease.” “This is a tournament with great competition and a tough crowd to play in front of as we meet Baylor here each year as well as in two dual matches later this month,” Pitkanen said. “Last year Baylor won Rotary and beat us two out of three in dual matches.” Prom Night: The MBA players danced the night away with the Rotary first place plaque as they hurried back to Nashville late Saturday afternoon to attend Prom Night. Indoor Courts: Rain and cold weather did not deter the tournament to go on as players used indoor courts at all three sites – Baylor McCallie and GPS. Clean Up Crew: Gilman coach Steve Krulevitz had his players help pick up trash at the Baylor indoor courts both Friday and Saturday. He also took the time out from coaching to visit with old tennis friends Forrest Simmons and Zan Guerry. Krulevitz played at UCLA, while Simmons attend North Carolina and Guerry played at Rice. Girls A Team Standings: Knox Webb 22, Baylor 20, GPS 12, Mountain Brook 8, Harpeth Hall 6, Hutchison 7, Spain Park 2.5, Univ. School Jackson 0 Singles Finals No.1: (1) Maddox Bandy (GPS) def. (2) Lauren Yoon (Knox Webb), 6-4, 6-4 No.2: (2) Lauren Carelli (Baylor) def. (1) Carina Dagotta (Webb), 6-4, 3-6, (7-4) No.3: (1) Landie McBrayer (Baylor) def. (2) Carolina Ross (Webb), 6-3, 6-3 No.4: (3) Anna Hawkins (Baylor) def. (1) Anna Wisniewski (Webb), 6-3, 7-6 (3) No.5: (1) Lili Roth (Webb) def. (2) Lilly Mooney (Baylor), 6-4, 6-4 No.6: (1) Audrey Yoon (Webb) def. (4) Corinne Spann (GPS), 6-2, 6-3 Doubles Finals No.1: (1) Carina Dagotta-Lauren Yoon (Webb) def. (3) Lauren Carelli-Lilly Mooney (Baylor), 8-6 No.2: (1) Presley Thomas-Landie McBrayer (Baylor) def. (2) Caroline Ross-Anna Wisniewski (Webb), 8-6 No.3: (1) Lili Roth-Audrey Yoon (Webb) def. (2) Anna Hawkins-Carolyn Reid (Baylor), 8-3 Girls B Team Standings: McCracken (Ky.) (20), Knox Catholic (13), Huntsville (12), CCS (9), St. Andrews-Sewanee (4), Signal Mtn. (3), Randolph (2), Univ. School Nashville (0) Singles Finals No.1 Sydney Flesch (Huntsville) def. Bailey Dishmon (Chattanooga Christian), 6-2, 6-2 No.2: Shelby Puryear (McCracken) def. Keileen Cullen (Knox. Catholic), 7-5, 6-3 No.3: Danni Poat (McCracken) def. Megan Moreland (Huntsville), 7-6 (4), 6-4. No.4: Neely Wilson (Knox. Catholic) def. Grace Williams (Signal Mtn.), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 No.5: Ann Caroline Harris (Knox Catholic) def. Emily Dew (McCracken), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 No.6: Lilli Smith (McCracken) def. Sarah Brown (Huntsville), 6-3, 6-3 Doubles Finals No.1: Sara Allen-Ansley Turley (Knox Catholic) def. Sydney Flesch-Megan Moreland (Huntsville), 8-5 No.2: Sophia Shiben-Lilli Smith (McCracken) def. Olivia Underwood-Ashley Rice (CCS), 8-5 No.3: Emily Dew-Isabella McKinney (McCracken) def. Jada Tun-Libby Turner (CCS), 8-1 Boys A Team Standings: MBA (16), St. Xavier (14.5), Gilman (13.5), Memphis Univ. School (13), McCallie (8), Baylor (8), Mtn Brook (3), Univ School Jackson (0.5) Notes: MBA leads the four team race with 11 points followed by Gilman (Md.) (10.5), Memphis Univ. School (9) and St. Xavier (Ky.) (9) … Score: MBA was 11-4 in 15 matches followed by Gilman at 10-5, MUS at 10-4 and St. Xavier at 8-6 … Tenn. Rivals – MBA and MUS meet in Nos. 4 and 5 singles finals … Seeds Hold Up: All six No.1 singles seeds advanced to the finals along with four of the No.2 seeds … Upsets … McCallie’s unseeded Hank Leathers defeated the Nos. 4 and 2 seeds, respectively to reach the finals in No.2 singles … Singles Finals No.1: (1) Derrick Thompson (Gilman) def. (2) Alex Wesbrooks (St. Xavier), 7-5, 6-3 No.2: (1) Preston Cameron (St. Xavier) def. Hank Leathers (McCallie), 6-4, 6-3 No.3: (2) Seth Richey (MUS) def. (1) Dylan Walters (Gilman), 6-4, 6-2 No.4: (1) Matthew Bulow (MBA) def. (4) Michael Wiley (MUS), 6-4, 6-4 No. 5: (1) Hugh Graham (MBA) def. (2) Luke Donovan (MUS), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 No.6: (1) Piyush Mavanur (Gilman) def. (2) Jordan Bruck (McCallie), 6-4, 6-3 Doubles Finals No.1: (1) Preston Cameron-Alex Wesbrooks (St. Xavier) def. (3) Baylor Sai-Hugh Graham (MBA), 8-6 No.2: (2) Matthew Bulow-Richard Cummins (MBA) def. (1) Dylan Walters-Piyush Mavanus (Gilman), 8-4 No.3: (3) Logan Beaver-Joey Keal (St. Xavier) def. Matthew Huinker-Ethan Burgan (Baylor), 8-6 Boys B Team Standings: Knox Webb (24), Spain Park (12), Huntsville (8), Univ. School Nashville (8), Signal Mtn. (6), Randolph (5), Knox Catholic (0), McCracken (0) Webb earned 24 of a possible 27 points with four singles and two doubles champions Local winner: Gabe Williams (Signal Mtn) won the No.3 singles … Singles Final No.1: Harrison Williams (Webb) def. George Corzine (USN), 6-2, 6-1 No.2: Ohm Sharma (Webb) def. Henry Stephens (Huntsville), 6-0, 6-1 No.3: Gabe Williams (Signal Mtn), def. Ben Pearce (Webb), 7-5, 6-3 No.4: Ben Aikens (Webb) def. Riley Hiers (Spain Park), 6-1, 6-2 No.5: Matthew Kendrick (Spain Park) def. Tony Romano (Webb), 7-5, 6-2 No.6: Austin Rhea (Webb) def. Clayton Pearsall (Huntsville), 6-1, 3-6, (6-1) Doubles Final No.1: Ben Pearce-Ohm Sharma (Knox Webb) def. Connor Coots-Henry Stephens (Huntsville), 8-6 No.2: Ben Aikens-Harrison Williams (Knox Webb) def. Jake Wilson-Riley Hiers (Spain Park), 8-1 No.3: Matthew Kendrick-John Kendrick (Spain Park) def. Austin Rhea-Tony Romano (Knox Webb), 8-5 contact B.B. Branton at [email protected]
  2. Chattanooga Rotary Tennis: Mary Cook - The First Lady of Chattanooga Tennis The Lord in heaven is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent In laymen’s terms – all powerful, all-knowing and everywhere at once. Signal Mountain resident and tennis tourney worker extraordinaire Mary Cook is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, but many folks in Chattanooga area tennis circles feel she is close to being omnipresent. A wife, mother and City High and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga grad from the mid-1960s, Cook is the first lady of organizing, court assigning, bracket upkeep, welcoming players and more. And all with her big, contagious smile along with a sincere “how are you and great to see you again.” Girls Prep School tennis coach Sue Bartlett said, “I think the best things about Mary working the Rotary tournament desk are 1) she cares about the players and tries to get to know them 2) from a coaches’ point of view she tries to keep our players on courts somewhat close together so it is easier to coach.” While she is in her eighth year of working this weekend’s Rotary Tennis Tourney, she also can be found helping the TVOC in June and The City Championship in July as well as a handful of junior events scattered throughout the calendar year. If Cook is not at the tournament desk, it’s like a tennis tourney without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the Williams sisters, a Super Bowl without Tom Brady and Olympic downhill skiing without Lindsey Vonn. “Mary is one of the best tournament directors that I have ever been associated with,” said Chattanooga Rotary co-director Jack Webb. “She is incredibly dedicated to making the ‘tennis tournament experience’ positive for all of the players & coaches, and she is always very well organized & prepared. Mary is a great ‘team player’ in terms of her willingness to do whatever is necessary to run a good tournament, and she always has a great attitude about getting it done.” A tournament without the friendly and caring Cook is comparable to a seminary course on preaching without researching the life of the late Rev. Billy Graham or studying the finer points of ceiling painting without following the plans of Michelangelo. Knox Webb coach Jimmy Pitkanen said, “Mary has an amazing gift. Her gift of hospitality is nothing short of heaven sent. I have never seen a person who is able to make kids of any age or ability feel like they were the most important person going on the court. Then win or lose she has the most natural gracious way of saying kind and encouraging words. It always makes the weekend of Rotary special when my kids encounter Mary. She is a wonderful server to our kids.” contact B.B. Branton at [email protected]
  3. Rotary Tennis: Knox Webb Girls, MBA Lead A Division McCracken Girls, Knox Webb Boys Lead B Division Tight races: In the Boys A, two points separate four teams as MBA (11) is in first place followed by Gilman (Md.) (10-5), Memphis Univ. School (9) and St. Xavier (Ky.) (9) In the Girls A, Webb (15) leads Baylor (13) by two points. In Boys B, Knox Webb had a perfect day winning all singles and doubles matches for 18 points with Spain Park in second with 10 points. In Girls B, McCracken leads with 13 points followed by Huntsville (10) and Knox Catholic (9). If You Are Going: Boys and Girls A Division (at Baylor) singles start at 8:30 a.m. followed by doubles semis … singles finals for Girls B (at GPS) and Boys B (at McCallie) start at 8:30 a.m. followed by doubles finals at 10 … Long Day: Tournament workers at Baylor arrived at 7 a.m. and 15 hours later turned out the lights and headed home to prepare for Saturday finals. Happy Birthday: Tournament committee member Mary Cook celebrated her birthday by making sure matches were put on the courts and kept things moving during the 15 day work day ... she did received flowers from family and friends. Girls A Team Standings: Knox Webb 15, Baylor 13, GPS 9, Mountain Brook 6.5, Huntsville 4.5, Harpeth Hall 4, Spain Park 2, Univ. School Jackson 0 Notes: Knox Webb (15) is in first place with a two point lead over defending champ Baylor (13) and six points ahead of GPS (9) … Webb and Baylor meet in singles finals at Nos. 2-3-4-5 (singles finals start at 8:30 a.m.) … Webb and GPS meet in Nos. 1 and 6 singles finals … Webb and Baylor each have all three doubles teams in the semis, while GPS has two … Seeds Hold Up … all six No.1 seeds in singles are in the finals … four of the No.2 seeds advanced to the singles finals … all three No.1 and No.2 seeds in doubles are in the semis … Perfect Score: Webb won all 15 matches … Baylor was 13-2 … GPS was 10-3 Singles (semifinal matches) No.1: (1) Maddox Bandy (GPS) def. (4) Sydney Ellison (Spain Park) (4), 6-3, 6-2; (2) Lauren Yoon (Knox Webb) def. (3) Presley Thomas (Baylor), 6-2, 6-2 No.2: (1) Carina Dagotta (Webb) def. Kathryn Risner (Harpeth Hall), 6-2, 6-2; (2) Lauren Carelli (Baylor) def. (3) Stephanie Woodbury (Hutchison), 6-4, 6-4 No.3: (1) Landie McBrayer (Baylor) def. (3) Kate Thel (GPS), 6-2, 6-2; (2) Carolina Ross (Webb) def. (4) Megan Richman (Hutchison), 6-3, 6-3 No.4: (1) Anna Wisniewski (Webb) def. (4) Liz Vandevelde (Mtn Brook), 6-3, 6-3; (3) Anna Hawkins (Baylor) def. (2) Mitchell (Harpeth Hall), 6-2, 6-2 No.5: (1) Lili Roth (Webb) def. (3) Barbie Edwards (GPS), 6-4, 6-3; (2) Lilly Mooney (Baylor) def. (4) Maggie Duggan (Mtn. Brook), 6-4, 6-2 No.6: (1) Audrey Yoon (Webb) def. May McInnis (Mtn. Brook), 6-2, 6-2; (4) Corinne Spann (GPS) def. (2) Carolyn Reid (Baylor), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-3 Girls B Team Standings: McCracken (Ky.) 13, Huntsville 10, Knox Catholic 9, Chattanooga Christian 7, St. Andrews-Sewanee 4, Signal Mountain 3, Randolph 3, Univ. School Nashville 0 Notes: McCracken (13) is in first place and has four in the singles finals and all three doubles teams in the semis ... second place Huntsville (10) has three in the singles finals and two doubles teams in the semis … McCracken and Huntsville meet in the Nos. 3 and 6 singles finals and in the No.3 doubles semis … Knox Catholic (9) has three in the singles finals and in the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles … Knox. Catholic and McCracken meet in Nos. 2 and 5 singles finals … Score: McCracken was 13-2 in 15 matches played … Huntsville was 10-4 … Knox. Catholic was 9-4 Singles (Semifinal matches) No.1 Sydney Flesch (Huntsville) def. Sophia Shuben (McCracken), 7-6, 6-2; Bailey Dishmon (Chattanooga Christian) def. Ester Yang (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 7-5, 6-4 No.2: Shelby Puryear (McCracken) def. Tessa Shackelford (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 6-2, 6-2; Keileen Cullen (Knox. Catholic) def. Abby Stone (Huntsville), 6-3, 7-6 (4) No.3: Danni Poat (McCracken) def. Olivia Underwood (Chattanooga Christian); Megan Moreland (Huntsville) def. Dani Dailey (Randolph). No.4: Grace Williams (Signal Mtn.) def. Anna Post (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 6-7 (10), 7-5, 6-3; Neely Wilson (Knox. Catholic) def. Isabella McKinney (McCracken), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 No.5: Emily Dew (McCracken) def. Jackie Johnson (Huntsville), 8-6, 6-4; Ann Caroline Harris (Knox Catholic) def. Jada Tun (Chattanooga Christian), 7-5, 6-2 No.6: Sarah Brown (Huntsville) def. Maddy Portilla (Signal Mtn), 6-2, 6-3; Lilli Smith (McCracken) def. Alex Dally (Knox Catholic), 6-3, 6-2 Boys A Team Standings: MBA (11), Gilman (10.5), St. Xavier (9), Memphis Univ. School (9), McCallie (6.5), Univ School Jackson (5), Baylor (4.5), Mtn. Brook (3) Notes: MBA leads the four team race with 11 points followed by Gilman (Md.) (10.5), Memphis Univ. School (9) and St. Xavier (Ky.) (9) … Score: MBA was 11-4 in 15 matches followed by Gilman at 10-5, MUS at 10-4 and St. Xavier at 8-6 … Tenn. Rivals – MBA and MUS meet in Nos. 4 and 5 singles finals … Seeds Hold Up: All six No.1 singles seeds advanced to the finals along with four of the No.2 seeds … Upsets … McCallie’s unseeded Hank Leathers defeated the Nos. 4 and 2 seeds, respectively to reach the finals in No.2 singles … Singles (semifinal matches) No.1: (1) Derrick Thompson (Gilman) def. (3) Baylor Thai (MBA), 6-4, 7-5; (2) Alex Wesbrooks (St. Xavier) def. (4) Brandon Kali (Baylor), 7-6, 7-5 No.2: (1) Preston Cameron (St. Xavier) def. Richard Cummins (MBA), 6-3, 7-6; Hank Leathers (McCallie) def. (2) William Watts (Mtn Brook), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 No.3: (1) Dylan Walters (Gilman) def. (4) John Spurgeon (MBA), 6-2, 6-2; (2) Seth Richey (MUS) def. (3) Will Stuckert (St. Xavier), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 No.4: (1) Matthew Bulow (MBA) def. Haskins Jones (Mtn Brook), 6-2, 6-4; (4) Michael Wiley (MUS) def. Faraz Ghamgosar (McCallie), 6-4, 6-4 No. 5: (1) Hugh Graham (MBA) def. (4) Mathew Pang (Gilman), 7-6, 5-7, 7-5; (2) Luke Donovan (MUS) def. (3) Logan Beaver (St. Xavier), 7-5, 6-4 No.6: (1) Piyush Mavanur (Gilman) def. (3) Luke Frayser (St. Xavier), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; (2) Jordan Bruck (McCallie) def. (4) Hunter Johnson (MBA), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Boys B Team Standings: Knox Webb (18), Spain Park (10), Univ Shool Nashville (8), Huntsville (8), Randolph (5), Signal Mtn (5), McCracken (0), Knox Catholic (0) Notes: Perfect Score ... Knox Webb was 18-0 in Friday matches with players in all six singles and three doubles finals … Spain Park was 10-5 … Huntsville was 8-6 and USN as 8-8 Singles (semifinal matches) No.1: George Corzine (USN) def Kaustubh Holcomb (Randolph), 6-3, 6-2; Harrison Williams (Webb) def. Ryan Stafford (Spain Park), 6-2, 6-3 No.2: Ohm Sharma (Webb) def. Stefan Pretorius (USN), 6-2, 6-2; Henry Stephens (Huntsville) def Jose Braulio (Randolph), 6-2, 6-3 No.3: Ben Pearce (Webb) def. Connor Jiminez (Huntsville), 6-3, 6-3; Gabe Williams (Signal Mtn) def. Sam Johnson (Spain Park), 6-4, 6-2 No.4: Riley Hiers (Spain Park) def. Joe Weir (USN), 7-6, 3-6, 7-6; Ben Aikens (Webb), def. Sean Davis (Randolph), 6-4, 6-3 No.5: Tony Romano (Webb) def. Colin Moore (USN), 6-2, 6-2; Matthew Kendrick (Spain Park) def. Andrew Sinor (Signal Mtn.), 6-3, 6-3 No.6: Austin Rhea (Webb) def. Tanuj Alapati (Randolph), 6-3, 6-; Clayton Pearsall (Huntsville) def. Kabir Bagai (USN), 6-2 6-3 contact B.B. Branton at [email protected]
  4. Rotary Tennis: Knox Webb Girls, MBA Lead A Division McCracken Girls, Knox Webb Boys Lead B Division Tight races: In the Boys A, two points separate four teams as MBA (11) is in first place followed by Gilman (Md.) (10-5), Memphis Univ. School (9) and St. Xavier (Ky.) (9) In the Girls A, Webb (15) leads Baylor (13) by two points. In Boys B, Knox Webb had a perfect day winning all singles and doubles matches for 18 points with Spain Park in second with 10 points. In Girls B, McCracken leads with 13 points followed by Huntsville (10) and Knox Catholic (9). If You Are Going: Boys and Girls A Division (at Baylor) singles start at 8:30 a.m. followed by doubles semis … singles finals for Girls B (at GPS) and Boys B (at McCallie) start at 8:30 a.m. followed by doubles finals at 10 … Girls A Team Standings: Knox Webb 15, Baylor 13, GPS 9, Mountain Brook 6.5, Huntsville 4.5, Harpeth Hall 4, Spain Park 2, Univ. School Jackson 0 Notes: Knox Webb (15) is in first place with a two point lead over defending champ Baylor (13) and six points ahead of GPS (9) … Webb and Baylor meet in singles finals at Nos. 2-3-4-5 (singles finals start at 8:30 a.m.) … Webb and GPS meet in Nos. 1 and 6 singles finals … Webb and Baylor each have all three doubles teams in the semis, while GPS has two … Seeds Hold Up … all six No.1 seeds in singles are in the finals … four of the No.2 seeds advanced to the singles finals … all three No.1 and No.2 seeds in doubles are in the semis … Perfect Score: Webb won all 15 matches … Baylor was 13-2 … GPS was 10-3 Singles (semifinal matches) No.1: (1) Maddox Bandy (GPS) def. (4) Sydney Ellison (Spain Park) (4), 6-3, 6-2; (2) Lauren Yoon (Knox Webb) def. (3) Presley Thomas (Baylor), 6-2, 6-2 No.2: (1) Carina Dagotta (Webb) def. Kathryn Risner (Harpeth Hall), 6-2, 6-2; (2) Lauren Carelli (Baylor) def. (3) Stephanie Woodbury (Hutchison), 6-4, 6-4 No.3: (1) Landie McBrayer (Baylor) def. (3) Kate Thel (GPS), 6-2, 6-2; (2) Carolina Ross (Webb) def. (4) Megan Richman (Hutchison), 6-3, 6-3 No.4: (1) Anna Wisniewski (Webb) def. (4) Liz Vandevelde (Mtn Brook), 6-3, 6-3; (3) Anna Hawkins (Baylor) def. (2) Mitchell (Harpeth Hall), 6-2, 6-2 No.5: (1) Lili Roth (Webb) def. (3) Barbie Edwards (GPS), 6-4, 6-3; (2) Lilly Mooney (Baylor) def. (4) Maggie Duggan (Mtn. Brook), 6-4, 6-2 No.6: (1) Audrey Yoon (Webb) def. May McInnis (Mtn. Brook), 6-2, 6-2; (4) Corinne Spann (GPS) def. (2) Carolyn Reid (Baylor), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-3 Girls B Team Standings: McCracken (Ky.) 13, Huntsville 10, Knox Catholic 9, Chattanooga Christian 7, St. Andrews-Sewanee 4, Signal Mountain 3, Randolph 3, Univ. School Nashville 0 Notes: McCracken (13) is in first place and has four in the singles finals and all three doubles teams in the semis ... second place Huntsville (10) has three in the singles finals and two doubles teams in the semis … McCracken and Huntsville meet in the Nos. 3 and 6 singles finals and in the No.3 doubles semis … Knox Catholic (9) has three in the singles finals and in the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles … Knox. Catholic and McCracken meet in Nos. 2 and 5 singles finals … Score: McCracken was 13-2 in 15 matches played … Huntsville was 10-4 … Knox. Catholic was 9-4 Singles (Semifinal matches) No.1 Sydney Flesch (Huntsville) def. Sophia Shuben (McCracken), 7-6, 6-2; Bailey Dishmon (Chattanooga Christian) def. Ester Yang (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 7-5, 6-4 No.2: Shelby Puryear (McCracken) def. Tessa Shackelford (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 6-2, 6-2; Keileen Cullen (Knox. Catholic) def. Abby Stone (Huntsville), 6-3, 7-6 (4) No.3: Danni Poat (McCracken) def. Olivia Underwood (Chattanooga Christian); Megan Moreland (Huntsville) def. Dani Dailey (Randolph). No.4: Grace Williams (Signal Mtn.) def. Anna Post (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 6-7 (10), 7-5, 6-3; Neely Wilson (Knox. Catholic) def. Isabella McKinney (McCracken), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 No.5: Emily Dew (McCracken) def. Jackie Johnson (Huntsville), 8-6, 6-4; Ann Caroline Harris (Knox Catholic) def. Jada Tun (Chattanooga Christian), 7-5, 6-2 No.6: Sarah Brown (Huntsville) def. Maddy Portilla (Signal Mtn), 6-2, 6-3; Lilli Smith (McCracken) def. Alex Dally (Knox Catholic), 6-3, 6-2 Boys A Team Standings: MBA (11), Gilman (10.5), St. Xavier (9), Memphis Univ. School (9), McCallie (6.5), Univ School Jackson (5), Baylor (4.5), Mtn. Brook (3) Notes: MBA leads the four team race with 11 points followed by Gilman (Md.) (10.5), Memphis Univ. School (9) and St. Xavier (Ky.) (9) … Score: MBA was 11-4 in 15 matches followed by Gilman at 10-5, MUS at 10-4 and St. Xavier at 8-6 … Tenn. Rivals – MBA and MUS meet in Nos. 4 and 5 singles finals … Seeds Hold Up: All six No.1 singles seeds advanced to the finals along with four of the No.2 seeds … Upsets … McCallie’s unseeded Hank Leathers defeated the Nos. 4 and 2 seeds, respectively to reach the finals in No.2 singles … Singles (semifinal matches) No.1: (1) Derrick Thompson (Gilman) def. (3) Baylor Thai (MBA), 6-4, 7-5; (2) Alex Wesbrooks (St. Xavier) def. (4) Brandon Kali (Baylor), 7-6, 7-5 No.2: (1) Preston Cameron (St. Xavier) def. Richard Cummins (MBA), 6-3, 7-6; Hank Leathers (McCallie) def. (2) William Watts (Mtn Brook), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 No.3: (1) Dylan Walters (Gilman) def. (4) John Spurgeon (MBA), 6-2, 6-2; (2) Seth Richey (MUS) def. (3) Will Stuckert (St. Xavier), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 No.4: (1) Matthew Bulow (MBA) def. Haskins Jones (Mtn Brook), 6-2, 6-4; (4) Michael Wiley (MUS) def. Faraz Ghamgosar (McCallie), 6-4, 6-4 No. 5: (1) Hugh Graham (MBA) def. (4) Mathew Pang (Gilman), 7-6, 5-7, 7-5; (2) Luke Donovan (MUS) def. (3) Logan Beaver (St. Xavier), 7-5, 6-4 No.6: (1) Piyush Mavanur (Gilman) def. (3) Luke Frayser (St. Xavier), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; (2) Jordan Bruck (McCallie) def. (4) Hunter Johnson (MBA), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Boys B Team Standings: Knox Webb (18), Spain Park (10), Univ Shool Nashville (8), Huntsville (8), Randolph (5), Signal Mtn (5), McCracken (0), Knox Catholic (0) Notes: Perfect Score ... Knox Webb was 18-0 in Friday matches with players in all six singles and three doubles finals … Spain Park was 10-5 … Huntsville was 7-6 Singles (semifinal matches) No.1: George Corzine (USN) def Kaustubh Holcomb (Randolph), 6-3, 6-2; Harrison Williams (Webb) def. Ryan Stafford (Spain Park), 6-2, 6-3 No.2: Ohm Sharma (Webb) def. Stefan Pretorius (USN), 6-2, 6-2; Henry Stephens (Huntsville) def Jose Braulio (Randolph), 6-2, 6-3 No.3: Ben Pearce (Webb) def. Connor Jiminez (Huntsville), 6-3, 6-3; Gabe Williams (Signal Mtn) def. Sam Johnson (Spain Park), 6-4, 6-2 No.4: Riley Hiers (Spain Park) def. Joe Weir (USN), 7-6, 3-6, 7-6; Ben Aikens (Webb), def. Sean Davis (Randolph), 6-4, 6-3 No.5: Tony Romano (Webb) def. Colin Moore (USN), 6-2, 6-2; Matthew Kendrick (Spain Park) def. Andrew Sinor (Signal Mtn.), 6-3, 6-3 No.6: Austin Rhea (Webb) def. Tanuj Alapati (Randolph), 6-3, 6-; Clayton Pearsall (Huntsville) def. Kabir Bagai (USN), 6-2 6-3 contact B.B. Branton at [email protected]
  5. Led by defending champion St. Xavier (Ky.) Boys and Baylor Girls, along with four-time Maryland boys state champion Gilman School, the 62nd annual Chattanooga Rotary Prep Tennis starts today (April 6) at 8:30 a.m. with singles matches in Divisions A & B at three sites – Baylor, McCallie and GPS. A myriad of individual and team state champs will make for another strong tournament. Boys A(at Baylor): Baylor, Gilman, MBA, McCallie, Mountain Brook, MUS, St. Xavier, Univ. School Jackson, Notes - Two-time defending Rotary champion St. Xavier (Ky.) (and 9-time defending Ky. state champs) should battle with four-time Maryland state champ Gilman School and MBA for the title … Mountain Brook is Alabama 7A defending state champs … No.1 singles seed is Derrick Thompson (Gilman) who will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall … Gilman has three top seeds in singles and one top seed in doubles … while MBA has two top seeds in singles and one in doubles … St. Xavier has one top seed in singles (Preston Cameron) and doubles (Cameron and Alex Wesbrooks) .. Cameron won the Ky. state doubles crown in 2017 Girls A (at Baylor): defending champion Baylor, GPS, Harpeth Hall, Knox Webb, Mountain Brook, Spain Park, Univ. School Jackson Notes: Baylor has four returning starters and is 2-time defending champion and has won six of last seven Rotary’s … also is 7-time defending D-II AA state champs … GPS has five seniors from the 2017 state runner-up team … Knox. Webb could win it all if pre-tourney seeds are a good barometer … has four singles as top seeds and two doubles teams … Mountain Brook was third in the 2017 Rotary and won the Alabama 7A title … Spain Park was 7A state runner-up … No.1 singles seed is Maddox Bandy (GPS, 2-time state doubles champ) who will attend Lipscomb Univ. in the fall … Knox Webb's Lauren Yoon is second seeded at No.1 singles and won 2017 D-II A state singles title ... Sydney Ellison (Spain Park) won a state singles title last year at No.3, while Liz Vandevelde (Mountain Brook) won an Alabama state singles title in 2017 at No.5 .. Vandevelde and Maggie Duggan won a 2017 state doubles crown at the No.3 spot. Boys B (at McCallie): Defending champ Huntsville, Knox Catholic, McCracken, Randolph, Spain Park, Signal Mtn., Univ. School of Nashville, Knox Webb Notes … Notes … 2017 Champion was Huntsville who also won it all in 2014 … Signal Mtn. was 2017 D-I A-AA state runner-up ... Knox Webb was 2017 D-II A state champ ... Webb's Harrison Williams won the state singles crown while teammates Ben Pearce and Ohm Sharma claimed the state doubles crown .. What a First Round Doubles Match ... state champs Pearce and Sharma face Signal Mtn's Grant Williams-Thomas Thelen who were 2017 region champs at 2 p.m. today in a doubles quarterfinal match. Girls B (at GPS): Chattanooga Christian, Huntsville, Knox. Catholic, McCracken, Randolph, Signal Mountain, St. Andrews, Univ. School Nashville Notes: 2017 Champion Spain Park is in the Girls A Division this year … Knox Catholic won the B Division in 2016 and D-I A-AA state champs in 2017… Chattanooga Christian was 2017 D-I A-AA state runner-up … Sara Allen (Knox. Catholic) won the 2017 D-I A-AA state doubles title with her sister (now graduated) … Sydney Flesch (Huntsville) was a state singles champ in 2016 and runner-up in 2017… McCracken was Rotary Division A runner-up in 2017 and has won three straight Kentucky state championships and has three returning starters. ** Schedule Boys A and Girls A is played at Baylor Friday Singles: 8:30 a.m. quarterfinals 11 a.m. - semis for girls 12:30p.m. - semis for boys Doubles: Girls quarters at 3 pm. … Boys quarters at 4-5 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. all singles finals, boys and girls Doubles semis: 11 a.m. and noon for both boys and girls … finals starting at 1 p.m. ** Schedule for Boys B at McCallie (no seeding of players) Friday – quarters at 8:30 a.m. … semis at 11 a.m. Doubles - quarters at 2 p.m. and semis at 3 p.m. Saturday -singles finals at 8:30 a.m. … doubles finals at 10 a.m. ** Schedule for Girls B at GPS (no seeding of players) Friday – quarters at 8:30 a.m. … semis at 11 a.m. Doubles - quarters at 2 p.m. and semis at 3 p.m. Saturday -singles finals at 8:30 a.m. … doubles finals at 10 a.m. contact B.B. Branton at [email protected]
  6. No problem .. lots of names to go thru
  7. he is No.2 at 136 behind Philip Simpson
  8. D-II Wrestling: 20th Anniv. Team Highlighted by five-time state champions T.J. Duncan and Zach Watson, below is the D-II 20th anniversary wrestling team (1998-2017). A talented array of prep wrestlers are listed in the top three, plus honorable mentions, in each of 14 weight classes. Taking into account the changes in weight classes during the past 20 years (1998-2017), a wrestler chosen for a certain weight class must have won a title at that weight. Code: Example: 2x – Two time state champion … OW – state tourney Outstanding Wrestler Directory: Bay (Baylor) … BA (Brentwood Academy) … CB ( Christian Brothers) … FR (Father Ryan) … MBA (Montgomery Bell Academy) … McC (McCallie), ND (Notre Dame), PJP (Pope John Paul) 106 Elijah Oliver (Fr., CB … 3x state champ) Christian Simpson (Sr. FR … 3x state champ) Brandon Bruner (Bay … 3x state champ) HM: Jay Adamson (9th, ND … 2x state champ), Whit Casey (CB … state champ), Cole Moseley (9th, FR … state champ,), William Simpson (So., MBA… 2x state champ) 113 Patrick Simpson (Jr. MBA … 3x state champ ... OW in 2002 at 125) Michael Hooker (8th McC/FR … 3x state champ) Jimmy Hiller (Jr. FR … 2x state champ, placed at sr nat’ls at 125) HM: Alex Elsea (Jr. McC … 2x state champ), Tate Robinson (9th, CB … state champ) 120 Jordan Leen (Jr. Bay … 4x state champ .. OW in 2004 at 135) Whit Dunning (Sr. FR … 3x state champ … OW in 2005 at 119) Spencer Manley (Sr. McC … 2x state champ… OW in 2003) HM: Bill Hayduk (Jr. ND … state champ and 3rd at 119), John Michael Simpson (Jr., MBA ... 2x state champ) 126 Zach Watson (Sr. Bay … 5x state champ … OW at 103 in 2008 … OW at 126 in 2012) Kirby Simpson (Jr. FR 2x state champ Trey Chalifaux (Sr. FR … 2x state champ … OW in 2016) HM: Raymond Eason (Sr., FR … 3x state champ), Bailey Whitaker (Sr. Bay …. 4x state champ) 132 Raymond Dunning (Sr. FR … 3x state champ) Eli King (Sr. FR … 4x state champ ... h.s. all-American) Adam Connell (Jr. McC ... 3x state champ . Tenn. State wrestler of the year, 2014) HM: Daniel Baucke (Sr. CB … 3x state champ and OW at 130), Jamie Castleman (Sr FR … 2x state champ), Alex Johnson (Sr, CB … 2x state champ) Alex Manley (Sr. Bay …2x state champ), Corey Manson (Sr. Bay … 2x state champ … OW in 2006) 138 Philip Simpson (Sr. MBA … 4x state champ … OW in 2000, 2001) Stuart Doster (Sr. Bay… 4x state champ) Jeff Geismar (Sr. Bay … 3x state champ), HM:, Trevor Brown (Sr., CB … state champ), Cody Cleveland (Sr, McC … 2x state champ), Jason Finnell (Sr., McC … 3x state champ), Andrew Smith (Sr. McC … 2x state champ), Will Young (Sr. McC… 3x state champ) 145 Michael Murphy (Sr. Bay … 4x state champ) Matt Provenzano (Sr. Bay … 3x state champ) Justin Blair (Sr., McC … 2x state champ) HM: Reed Doster (Jr., Bay ... 2x state champ) 152 Kaleb Baker (Jr. CB … 3x state champ .. OW at 152 in 2013) Nick Marable (Sr, CB … 2x state champ) Justin Cash (Sr, BA) … OW at 152 in 2009) HM: Lee Connell (Sr., McC … 2x state champ), Daniel Waddell (Jr., Bay … 2x state champ) 160 T.J. Duncan (Sr. McC … 5x state champ .. OW at 160 in 2011) Ryan Scott (Sr. McC … 4x state champ) Blake Sutherland (Sr. Bay … 2x state champ, OW) HM: Patrick Marchetti (Sr. FR … 2x state champ), Bryson Popp (Sr. Bay … 2x state champ), Charles Wheland (Sr. Bay … 2x state champ) 170 J.T. Hagen (Sr. McC … 3x state champ) Aaron Bateman (Sr., FR … 3x state champ ... OW in 2007) Wes Wesley (Sr., FR… 3x state champ) HM: Fletcher Thompson (Sr. Bay … 2x state champ) 182 Khamari Whimper (Jr. Bay … 2x state champ … OW in 2017 and national prep champ at 170) J.T. Holmes (Sr. FR … 2x state champ) Judah Duhm (Sr. McC … 2x state champ) 195 Ryan Parker (Sr. Bay … 4x state champ) Michael Marable (Sr. CB … 2x state champ) Buster Bateman (Sr, FR … state champ) 220 Amos Mason (Sr. B.A. … 2x state champ) Zach Schultz (Sr. FR … 2x state champ) Courtney Coffee (Sr. PJP) … 2x state champ) HM: David Helton (Sr., Bay … state champ), Sean Meredith (Sr, ND … state champ) 285 Scott Wells (Sr. B.A. … 2x state champ … OW in 1998) Zach Herman (Sr. FR … 2x state champ) Ryan Carrethers (Sr. BA … state champ) HM: Gordon Berry (Sr., FR … state champ), Charles Green (Sr., McC … 2x state champ), River Henry (Jr McC … state champ…national prep runner-up) [email protected]
  9. Prep Tennis: A-AA Region 3 & 4 Finals With a trip to the Spring Fling XIV state tournament on the line, four singles champs and four doubles winners earned a trip to Murfreesboro with victories Monday in Region 3 & 4 A-AA at the Champions Club. District 7 A-AA will send boys singles, boys doubles and girls singles and doubles, while District 5 A-AA claimed girls singles and doubles and girls doubles. District 6 A-AA has the boys singles champ. District 5 A-AA: A sister-brother duo advance to Spring Fling as Malone McElroy in girls’ singles and Holden McElroy-Colton Lang all represent Collegedale. Boyd Buchanan will send Taylor Monroe-Christina Amos in girls doubles. District 6 A-AA: Red Bank senior Daniel Cox finally won his region singles title. Cox loves fried chicken livers and he also loves to win tennis matches. “After I lost the first set (2-6, 6-3, 6-3) I knew this could be my last chance to play in the state tournament and I just needed to play one point at a time,†said Cox. “I have been looking forward to winning the region and qualifying for the state for a long time and for sure it is my biggest win.†District 7 A-AA: Signal Mountain sends Roger Trombley in singles and Grant Williams and Thomas Thelen in doubles, while CCS will be represented by Addie Henry in singles and Sarah Faith Ingell-Bowie Strozak (Notre Dame)., “It is great to qualify for the state as a senior,†said Trombley who will attend Hanover College on an academic scholarship in the fall. Ingell said,†This will be my third time to play doubles in the state which is icing on the cake after winning region since we are both seniors. “We want to play hard and all have fun.†Region 3 A-AA Girls Singles (semis) (1) Malone McElroy (Collegedale) def. (2) Dasha Brown 6-, 6-1 (1) Madi Blackburn (Chattanooga Central) def. Lauren Pepping (Silverdale), 61, 6-3 Championship: Malone McElroy (Collegedale) def. Madi Blackburn (Chattanooga Central), 6-0, 6-0 Girls Doubles (semis) 1 Taylor Monroe-Christina Amos (Boyd Buchanan) def. (2) Kayla Hash-Skylar Pilcher (Red Bank), 6-1, 6-1 . (2) McKaylah Hicks-Brittany Portwood (Silverdale) def. (1) Karmin Nevels-Alysanne Vuong (Hixson), 6-1, 6-0 Championship: Taylor Monroe-Christina Amos (Boyd Buchanan) def. (2) McKaylah Hicks-Brittany Portwood (Silverdale), 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 Boys Singles (semis) 1 Daniel Cox (Red Bank) def. (2) Carter Miller (Collegedale), 6-2, 6-3 1 Jameson Mench (Silverdale) vs. (2) Kota Yanagida (Hixson), 6-1, 6-0 Championship: Daniel Cox (Red Bank) def. Jameson Mench (Silverdale), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Boys Doubles (semis) (1) Gary Paradis & Austin Camp (Red Bank) def. Josh Fisher-Naathan Chandra (Grace), 6-3, 6-1 (1) Holden McElroy-Colton Lang (Collegedale) def. (2) Caleb Paradis & Daniel Tran (Red Bank), 7-5, 6-3 Championship 1 Holden McElroy-Colton Lang (Collegedale def, Gary Paradis & Austin Camp (Red Bank) , 6-2, 6-3 Region 4 A-AA Round 1 (Semifinals) Girls Singles (2) Addie Henry (CCS) def. (1) Mamie Sevier (Central Magnet), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 (1) Bailey Dishmon (CCS) def. (2) Brooklyn Driver, Macon County), 6-0 6-2 Championship: Addie Henry (CCS) def. Bailey Dishmon (CCS), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 Henry was down a break at 3-5 in the second and won it in a tie breaker to force a third set. “When I led 4-1 I told myself I just needed eight more points and then Bailey mae it 4-3,†said Henry. “I just needed to play one point at a time. She is the fourth Henry sibling to play in the state tournament following brother David who helped McCallie win a couple of states title a decade ago and sisters Ellie and Hannah who won state doubles and a team title. “David hits with me which has really helped my game practicing against a better player,†said Henry. Girls Doubles (semis) (1) Macy Speight-Molly Speight (Central Magnet) def. (2) Olivia Torbett & Olivia Underwood (Chattanooga Christian), 6-3, 6-2 (1) Sarah Faith Ingell & Bowie Strozak, Notre Dame def. Megan Scott & Sally Smith (Central Magnet), 7-5, 6-4 Championship: Sarah Faith Ingell & Bowie Strozak (Notre Dame) def. Macy Speight-Molly Speight (Central Magnet), 7-5, 6-3 Boys’ Singles (semis) (2) Will Ingell, Notre Dame def. (1) Tripp McEachern (Goodpasture), 6-2, 6-4 (1) Roger Trombley (Signal Mountain) def. (2) Luke Jenkins (Goodpasture), 6-4, 6-2 Championship: Roger Trombley (Signal Mtn) def. Will Ingell (Notre Dame), 6-1, 6-1 Boys Doubles (semis) Andrew Lisy-Bernard Lisy (Notre Dame) def. (1) Chase Owens & Nathan Zou (Central Magnet), 6-4, 6-2 (1) Grant Williams-Thomas Thelen (Signal Mtn) def. Austin Smith & Ethan Reed (Macon County), 6-1, 6-2 Championship: Grant Williams-Thomas Thelen (Signal Mtn) def. Andrew Lisy-Bernard Lisy (Notre Dame), 6-4, 6-2
  10. Prep Tennis: D-II AA Boys Final Four Set Baylor, MBA, McCallie and MUS McCallie defeated host Christian Brothers, 5-0, Wednesday at the Raquet Club of Memphis to advance to the Final Four at Spring Fling XIV state tourney next week in Murfreesboro. Defending champion Baylor along with MBA and MUS also won quarterfinal matches earlier to comprise the Final Four. This is the eighth straight year that these four schools have played in the state Final Four. 2017 Final Four – Tuesday May 23 .. Semifinals: Baylor vs. McCallie and MBA vs. MUS Final will be played May 24 The last time the Final Four had a different lineup was 2009 as champion McCallie, Knox Webb, MBA and MUS were the teams. Last Seven Years: MBA won three straight (2010-2012), followed by MUS (2013-15) and Baylor in 2016. McCallie 5, Christian Bros 0 At the Racquet Club of Memphis McCallie gained the doubles point win with wins at Nos.2 and 3 and then secured the victory with singles wins at Nos. 3-6. Doubles 2. Zan Meyer-George Brant (McC) def. Chris Beals-Matthew Keeler 8-1 3. Evan Ellinger-Andrew Shinnick (McC) def. Callum Doty-Hays Kassen 8-0 Singles 3. Meyer (McC) def. Beals 6-1, 6-3 4. Bruce Renner (McC) def. Keeler 6-1, 6-1 5. Ellinger (McC) def. Doty 6-0, 6-1 6. Faraz Ghamgosar (McC) def. Kasser 6-1, 6-3
  11. Prep Tennis: Coyner-Noe (SD), Dattilo (EH) Advance to State Soddy Daisy girls doubles champs Bailey Coyner and Shelby Noe and singles winner Sydney Dattilo of East Hamilton are headed to the Spring Fling XIV state tennis tournament next week in Murefeesboro, but the victories didn’t come easy. The Trojan duo dropped the first set to their Cookeville opponents but rallied to win the last two and the match. Dattilo faced Soddy Daisy senior and 2016 state qualifier Olivia Crawley and like the Trojans duo Dattilo lost the first set, but won the final two and the match for a trip to state. “Olivia is a great player and you can never underestimate her,†said Dattilo who beat Crawley in the region finals last week. “She can always make a comeback.†Crawley started strong winning the first set 6-2, but Dattilo took the second set, 6-4, and won the third set tie breaker, 7-6 (7-1). “After dropping that first set I thought I was going to lose the match, but re-grouped did my best to keep from thinking about what was on the line (trip to the state tournament) and just played one point at a time.†Tennis and Exams: Dattilo didn’t have much time to as she took a French final exam this morning (Wed.), has a Chemistry Honors final Thursday and a Geometry project due Friday. Lots of Tennis: While many of her friends were out of town during spring break, Dattilo stayed home and practiced five hours a day on her game with coach Ryan Reeves. Region 3 Finals Girls Singles Finals: (1) Sydney Dattilo (East Hamilton) def. Olivia Crawley (Soddy Daisy), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) Semifinals: Crawley def. Katie Ward (Cookeville), 6-0, 6-0; Dattilo def. Sarah Edwards (Rhea County), 6-0, 6-3 Girls Doubles Finals: Shelby Noe-Bailey Coyner (Soddy Daisy) def. Sarah Gaw-Natalie Crooks (Cookeville), 5-7, 7-5, 6-0 Semifinals: Noe-Coyner def. Taylor-Foutch (Cookeville), 6-2, 5-7, 6-0; Gaw-Crooks (Cookeville) def. Buckner-Fugate (Walker Valley), 6-4, 6-2 Boys Singles Finals: Cole Crosland (White County) def. Jared Elrod (Bradley County), 6-2, 6-1 Semifinals: Crosland def. Nolan Cawood (Walker Valley), 6-1, 6-1; Elrod def. Taylor Price (Rhea County), 6-0, 6-3 Boys Doubles Finals: Alek Kriskovich-Marlon Ngo (Cookeville) def. Vareen Patel- Jack Hughes (Cleveland), 6-4, 6-2 Semifinals: Patel-Hughes def. Calbaugh-Hall (Rhea County), 6-2, 6-2; Kriskovivh-Ngo def. Allen Swetman-Adam Klibisz (Cleveland), 6-2, 6-2
  12. The district title comes down to one game, today at 5 p.m. as Chattanooga Christian hosts defending champion Signal Mountain. Today’s winner has homefield advantage throughout the upcoming district tournament. In a must-win situation, CCS went on the road Monday, used a key 8–run, sixth inning and posted a 13-3 win against Signal Mountain. The Chargers (21-3-1, 14-1-0) were led by Chris King (2-3, 4 RBIs, HR) and Johnny Rhodes (2-4, 2 RBIs), while starter Matthew Mercer (2-4, 1 Run) improved to 5-1 on the season with a 5-hit, 6-strikeout complete game win. CCS started strong with a 2-run first inning keyed by two walks and a Rhodes RBI single, but The host Eagles (22-6-0, 13-1-0) tied the game in the fourth on three hits, including a 2-run, RBI double by Grant Galbraith. It was the first earned runs allowed by Mercer this season, but the senior headed to play at East Tennessee State next year, settled down and allowed only one run on two hits the final three innings. The visitors came right back in the fifth using a hit batsman, a SM error and an RBI King single to re-take the lead 4-2 before the important 8-run sixth. In the sixth, CCS sent 12 men to the plate for six hits, including King’s 3-rum home run over the left field wall and an RBI triple to right by Nathanael Kapp. “We gave up too many free bases (6 walks, 4 errors, 2 hit batsmen) and CCS is good at taking advantage of a team’s mistakes,†said Signal Mountain coach Josh Gandy CCS coach Ben Wharten said, “Matthew battled today, kept Signal from having a big inning and gave us a chance offensively.†Lefty’s and 11s: Starters Matthew Mercer (CCS) and Seth Wicker (SM) are both left-handed throwers and wear No.11 … Mercer is headed to ETSU next season and Wicker will pitch for Lee Univ. First Home Run: CCS catcher Chris King hit his first CCS career home run – a 3-run shot to left in the sixth – and also threw out a pair of SM runners … “Before tonight, I hit a home run in summer ball last summer, but this is my first home run at CCS,â€said King with a smile after the game. CCS 13, SM 3 CCS 200 028 1 – 13-9-4 SM 000 200 0 – 3-5-2 WP – Matthew Mercer LP Seth Wicker HS – King (CCS) Doubles: Galbraith (SM) Triple: Kapp (CCS) RBIs: King (CCS),4 … Wheeler (CCS), 2 … Rhodes (CCS), 2 … Galbraith (SM), 2
  13. 4/24/2017 It was a good Senor Day at McCallie Saturday as senior Jackson Mathis tossed a three strikeout, complete game win against MBA, 6-3, in a D-II Middle/East Region game. McCallie seniors Corbin Brooksbank was 1 for 3 and scored run and senior Blaine Pritchett was also 1 for 3. The Blue Tornado (11-9-1, 5-7) posted a six run first inning, while MBA tallied one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh. MBA was led by Ben Coulthard (2-4, 1 run) and Blake Kirchenbauer (2-3, 1 RBI). McCallie won all three games on the weekend for its first series sweep of the season. McCallie 6, MBA 3 MBA 000 001 2 – 3-9-1 McC 600 000 x – 6-7-4
  14. It was the much-anticipated match between the top two ranked soccer teams in the state Wednesday as host and No.1 McCallie took on No.2 Father Ryan in a key D-II AA match. In a well-played, fast-paced chess match on grass as talented players from both sides countered the others’ moves and battled to a 1-1 draw after 80 minutes. Ryan (7-0-1) came out the aggressor and put a marker on the scoreboard first and led 1-0 at intermission, but McCallie (5-0-3) scored in the 69th minute for the tie. “Our coaches and players looked forward to this match all week and players from both sides played great,†said McCallie coach Chris Cushenberry. Ryan’s goal came as senior Kyle Hellman took the ball at midfield and split two Blue Tornado defenders and put a shot past McCallie goalkeeper Emerson Brock in the left corner for the lead in the 25th. McCallie took over in the second half and a Martin pass to Will McGregor who sent the ball in the middle to senior All-American Drew Viscomi who the put the ball past senior goalkeeper Gavin Woling for the tie. “Will did his usual great job of setting me up for the goal with his pass so his assist is really bigger than my goal,†said Viscomi who will play for Northwestern in the fall. “We made some adjustments at halftime as far as to keep pressing and 1-2 touch passes and we always try to remember our season motto “our best s good enough.†Ryan coach stated, “We started strong and were able to get that first goal and on defense we were able to clear out a lot of balls, but McCallie had us on our heals most of the second half and evened the match late.†“Overall, I would say that time of possession and playing in the opponents end of the field was about even for the 80 minutes.†First Half: Ryan out shot McCallie 5-2 in the first 40 minutes and Kyle Hellman took advantage of a McCalie defensive breakdown to score at the 25 minute mark … Second Half: McCallie took control and had a ball in front of the goal in the 52 nd minute off a free kick but a Ryan defender was able to clear the ball … A Philip Martin pass in the middle to Will McGregor produced the McCallie goal as he sent the ball to a waiting Drew Viscomi who found the back of the next on the right side … Ryan did have a header off a corner kick in the 60th minute but the shot was wide. Lou Gehrig and Emerson Brock: In the 1920’s future baseball hall of famer Lou Gehrig was a second string first baseman for the New York Yankees, but earned the starting spot in the lineup June 2, 1925 when a slumping Wally Pipp was removed from the starting lineup … Gehrig played in 2,130 straight game at first for the Yanks … Fast forward to the fall of 2011 and McCallie sixth grade starting goalkeeper was injured and center midfielder Emerson Brock volunteered to give it a try in the nets and he has been the GK for the last seven years and a varsity starter since his sophomore year. “I am an instinctive type person and learn as a I go and have found over the past seven years I enjoy having my teammates playing in front of me and being able to communicate from the back,†said Brock who will play college soccer at NCAA D-III Berry College (Rome, Ga.) in the fall. â€The school and soccer program seem to be a good fit for me and the school is less than two hours from home which us good.†Lookout Mountain Rec League Grads: Seven McCallie players learned the sport in the Lookout Mountain Soccer Rec League and are key parts of the nationally-ranked Blue Tornado squad – seniors Emerson Brock Drew Viscomi, Philip Martin, juniors Garrison Brock and Aiden Foley and sophomore Stone Roebuck and Ryan Rogers McCallie 1, Father Ryan 1 Ryan 1 – 0 – 1 McC 0 – 1 – 1 Stats: Goals: 1-1 Shots: 7-7 Saves: Emerson Brock (McC) 4. Gavin Wolking (Ryan) 1 Corner Kicks: McCallie, 4-1 Fouls: McCallie, 15-12 Free Kicks: Ryan, 17-14 Hand Ball: 1-1 Yellow Cards: McCallie (2) Ryan 1
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