E.A. Sports Today

Double three-peat

Donoho’s boys, girls win 1A-3A Section 4 tennis titles for third straight year; PV’s boys, Faith’s girls also advance to state

Donoho seventh-grader Jack Ballard had the tightest matches of the day and prevailed in both. He won a 11-9 semifinals match and then a 2 1/2-hour, three-set marathon in the sectional finals. (Photos by B.J. Franklin)

By Jay Walker
Special to East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD – Donoho’s boys and girls bulldozed their way through the Class 1A-3A, Section 4 tennis tournament Monday without dropping a single match.

Sophomore Cooper Montgomery of Donoho, the reigning Calhoun County boys champion, repeated as Section 4 champion with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Faith Christian’s Jac Myrick in the No. 1 Singles finals. He then teamed with fellow sophomore David Hudson at No. 1 Doubles to defeat Pleasant Valley’s Dakota Herron and Dawson Meadows, 6-0, 6-0 to win that title.

Donoho’s Emma Wiedmer added a Section 4 championship to her Calhoun County championship with a 6-2, 6-1 finals win over Faith Christian’s Zana Christjohn. Wiedmer, a sophomore, teamed with sophomore Virginia Hutto to defeat Christjohn, who played with her sister Sarah Jessica, and claim the No. 1 Doubles crown, 6-1, 6-3.

This is the third year in a row both the boys and girls from Donoho have won Section 4. And the future looks bright, since there are no seniors on the boys team and no seniors nor juniors on the girls squad.

The Falcons made sure there was little drama for the title race, but on the boys side there was plenty of tension for second place. The top two teams qualify for the state tournament April 23-24 in Decatur.

Pleasant Valley’s boys edged out Faith Christian’s, 12-9, in the final point tally. Both teams won 3 matches of singles, but the difference was that the Raiders won 2 doubles matches to 1 for the Lions. Faith Christian is the girls runners-up.

Donoho’s Jack Ballard, a seventh-grader playing at No. 6 Singles, had the tightest matches for the day but prevailed in both. Ballard edged Faith Christian’s Eli Mitchell, also a seventh-grader, 11-9, in the semifinal round. Then Ballard battled 2½ hours against Pleasant Valley’s Joseph Johnson, a sophomore, to win 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5.

Lily Grace Draper, a seventh-grader for Donoho, had a dominating day at No. 6 Singles. She did not drop a game in the semifinals or the finals.

Donoho’s Claire Hillman won sectional titles at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles.

To view a photo gallery with all the teams at the tournament visit www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com


Donoho 42, Faith Christian 21, Pleasant Valley 0, Victory Christian 0
BOYS: Donoho 42, Pleasant Valley 12, Faith Christian 9, Victory Christian 0

No. 1 Doubles:
Emma Wiedmer/Virginia Hutto (D) d. Mary Griffin/Libby Davenport (V), 10-1; Zana Christjohn/Sarah Jessica Christjohn (F) d. Karina Jones/Kristen Peck (P), 10-4; Finals – Wiedmer/Hutto (D) d. Christjohn/Christjohn (F), 6-1, 6-3.

No. 2 Doubles: Claire Hillman/Marella Hudson (D) d. Destiny Conley/Maci Meadows (P), 10-0; Kristin Covington/Megan Ford (F) d. Mikayla Carden/Riley Chasteen (V), 10-2; Finals – Hillman/Hudson (D) d. Covington/Ford (F), 6-1; 6-2.

No. 3 Doubles: Claire Walker/Lily Grace Draper (D) d. Blakely Malsy/Haleigh Burrows (P), 10-2; Dacey Dunaway/Cailee Waldrop (F) d. Susanna Wier/Kaylee Tunnell (V), 10-5; Finals – Walker/Draper (D) d. Dunaway/Waldrop (F), 6-2, 6-0.

No. 1 Singles: Emma Weidmer (D) d. Karina Jones (P), 10-3; Zana Christjohn (F) d. Mary Griffin (V), 10-0; Finals – Wiedmer (D) d. Z. Christjohn (F), 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 Singles: Claire Hillman (D) d. Mikayla Carden (V), 10-0; Sarah Jessica Christjohn (F) d. Kristen Peck (P), 10-1; Finals – Hillman (D) d. S.J. Christjohn (F), 6-2, 7-5.

No. 3 Singles: Virginia Hutto (D) d. Destiny Conley (P), 10-2; Kristin Covington (F) d. Libby Davenport (V), 10-5; Finals – Hutto (D) d. Covington (F), 7-5, 6-1.

No. 4 Singles: Marella Hudson (D) d. Riley Chasteen (V), 10-0; Megan Ford (F) d. Blakely Malsy (P), 10-6; Finals – Hudson (D) d. Ford (F), 6-1; 6-1.

No. 5 Singles: Claire Walker (D) d. Susanna Weir (V), 10-2; Lauren Knapp (F) d. Maci Meadows (P), 10-6; Finals – Walker (D) d. Knapp (F), 6-0, 6-0.

No. 6 Singles: Lily Grace Draper (D) d. Maci Bryant (P), 10-0; Kassidy Nix (F) d. Kaylee Tunnell (V), 10-6; Finals – Draper (D) d. Nix (F), 6-0, 6-0.

No. 1 Doubles:
Cooper Montgomery/David Hudson (D) d. Walker Tomlin/Billy Davenport (V), 10-0; Dakota Herron/Dawson Meadows (P) d. Jac Myrick/Evan Miller (F), 10-5; Finals – Montgomery/Hudson (D) d. Herron/Meadows (P), 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 Doubles: Harrison Han/Gray Hanley (D) d. Braden Stacks/Gavin Randall (F), 10-1; Trent Findley/Jacob Mobley (P) d. Joe Wong/Nathan Le (V), 10-7; Finals – Han/Hanley (D) d. Findley/Mobley (P), 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 Doubles: Rhett Rigsby/Reese McWhorter (D) d. Tanner Aldridge/Daniel Slatsky (V), 10-0; Brodie Yarbourgh/Josh Goode (F) d. Dakota Parr/Joseph Johnson (P), 10-6; Finals – Rigsby/McWhorter (D) d. Yarbrough/Goode (F), 7-6 (8-6), 6-0.

No. 1 Singles: Cooper Montgomery (D) d. Walker Tomlin (V), 10-0; Jac Myrick (F) d. Dakota Herron (P), 10-3; Finals – Montgomery (D) d. Myrick (F), 6-0, 6-4.

No. 2 Singles: David Hudson (D) d. Joe Wong (V), 10-0; Dawson Meadows (P) d. Evan Miller (F), 10-3; Finals – Hudson (D) d. Meadows (P), 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 Singles: Harrison Han (D) d. Braden Stacks (F), 10-1; Trent Findley (P) d. Billy Davenport (V), 10-2; Finals – Han (D) d. Findley (P), 6-2, 6-0.

No. 4 Singles: Gray Hanley (D) d. Nathan Le (V), 10-2; Brodie Yarbrough (F) d. Jacob Mobley (P), 10-6; Finals – Hanley (D) d. Yarbrough (F), 6-1, 6-2.

No. 5 Singles: Rhett Rigsby (D) d. Dakota Parr (P), 10-4; Josh Goode (F) d. Tanner Aldridge (V), 10-6; Finals – Rigsby (D) d. Goode (F), 6-1, 6-2.

No. 6 Singles: Joseph Johnson (P) d. Daniel Slatsky (V), 10-0; Jack Ballard (D) d. Eli Mitchell (F), 11-9; Finals – Ballard (D) d. Johnson (P), 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5.

Gray Hanley focuses on the ball during his sectional final match Monday. Hanley helped the Donoho boys win a third straight sectional tennis title. The girls did the same.

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