Photo | Courtesy of Scott Novak
The St. Luke’s girls’ tennis team claimed the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A-3A championship at the Mobile Tennis Center Tuesday.
State championships in Class 7A, 4A-5A and 1A-3A were decided in both boys’ and girls’ play, with tournaments taking place at the Mobile Tennis Center and Lagoon Park in Montgomery.
St. Luke’s dominated the 1A-3A girls’ tournament, producing 61 points, well more than state runner-up Donoho of Anniston, which collected 34 points.
Whitney Novak and Ella Bentley had big days for St. Luke’s, with Novak winning the No. 3 singles crown and Bentley taking the No. 4 singles title. The duo joined forces to also win the No. 2 doubles championship. Novak defeated Lillie McInnis of Bayside Academy 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles championship match. Bentley topped Donoho’s Harper Pumroy 6-1, 6-2 in taking the No. 4 singles crown. In No. 2 doubles, the Novak-Bentley team defeated the team of Paige Davis and Molly Bucknell of Lauderdale County 6-0, 6-0 for the title.
St. Luke’s had other singles victories as well. Anna Marie Bentley won the No. 2 singles title in a 7-6, 2-6, 10-7 win over Donoho’s Lily Grace Draper. Olivia Thompson of St. Luke’s won the No. 5 singles championship, defeating Lauderdale County’s Tanner Tanner 6-3, 2-6, 10-5. In No. 6 singles, Emma Grace Johnson of St. Luke’s defeated Lauderdale County’s Bucknell 6-3, 6-0 to take the title.
In the No. 1 doubles championship match, Grace Garrett and Anna Marie Bentley of St. Luke’s lost to the Donoho team of Claire Bowman and Lily Grace Draper 6-2, 6-0. St. Luke’s won the No. 3 doubles championship with Thompson and Elise Uptigrove defeating Mallon McConnell and Lizzie Turner of Lauderdale County 3-6, 6-2, 14-12.
Bayside Academy’s Claire Prickett won the No. 1 singles crown, defeating Claire Hillman of Donoho 6-3, 6-3. Bayside Academy finished fourth in team play.
In other girls’ matches, Fairhope finished fifth in Class 7A. Emily Grubach won the No. 2 singles championship, defeating Florence’s Ruby Cunningham 2-6, 6-1, 10-5. Fairhope’s No. 1 doubles team of Grubach and Claudia Catar placed second in No. 1 doubles, losing to Claire Bosman and Jane League of Auburn 6-4, 6-3.
St. John II Catholic won the girls’ Class 4A-5A crown, with Auburn taking the Class 7A girls’ title.
In boys’ play, Spain Park won the Class 7A title, while Madison Academy emerged as the Class 4A-5A champion and Houston Academy won the Class 1A-3A crown. Fairhope won the Sportsmanship Award in Class 7A.
The Class 6A state tournament was played later at the Mobile Tennis Center. In 6A girls’ play, Mountain Brook won all six singles titles and two of the three doubles crowns to run away with the championship. St. Paul’s Maggie Sullivan and Emma Jane Hamilton finished second in No. 2 doubles. The Saints placed third overall and won the Sportsmanship Award.
In 6A boys’ play, Spanish Fort’s Jack Miller was runner-up in No. 3 singles, losing 1-6, 1-6 to Mountain Brook’s Luke Schwefler. McGill-Toolen’s Charlie Kidder was runner-up in No. 5 singles, losing 1-6, 1-6 to champ James Treadwell of Trinity Presbyterian.
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