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April 22, 2009
Red Bay's boys tennis team clinch spot at state, battle for section title
|Red Bay's John Thigpen hits the ball back to Lauderdale County during the No.-2 doubles semifinals.|
FLORENCE - A strong outing by the Red Bay boys tennis team Monday clinched the Tigers their seventh straight trip to the state tournament and put them in position to claim their fourth consecutive section title.
The finals of the section tournament were Tuesday afternoon, but results were not available at press time.
Justin Roberts was the only Tiger to play in the first round and he defeated Lexington's Zac Sinyard 6-4, 6-3 in No.-5 singles action to advance to the semifinals. He was unable to keep his momentum going, falling to Lauderdale County's Morgan Yadacus 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.
In other semifinals action, Toby Gray knocked off Jesse Thompson of Lauderdale County 7-5, 6-0 in No.-1 singles. Chris Funderburk defeated Lauderdale County's Matt Jones 7-6, 7-6 in the No.-2 singles.
Red Bay won three other singles semifinals when John Thigpen beat Lexington's Drew Springer in No.-3 singles; Kirk Armstrong beat Brett Alsbrooks of Sheffield 6-0, 6-3 in No.-4 singles and Roman Lynch defeated Mars Hill's Colton Durdunji 6-4, 6-4 in No.-6 singles.
The Tigers No.-1 doubles team of Gray and Armstrong hung on to beat Mars Hill 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 in the semifinals.
Red Bay's other doubles teams reached the semifinals, but could not advance further.
The No.-2 doubles team of Thigpen and Lynch beat Sheffield 6-2, 6-1 in the first round before falling to Lauderdale County 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.
The No.-3 team of Funderburk and Roberts knocked off Lauderdale County 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in the first round before falling to Mars Hill 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.
The Tigers accumulated enough points to clinch a spot at next week's state tournament. Red Bay had 34 points while Mars Hill, which also clinched a spot at state, had 33 points by the end of the first day of the tournament.
Red Bay coach Sonny Glasgow thinks his team can take the section crown.
"If we win No.-1 singles, No.-6 singles and No.-1 doubles, we will have a good chance to win the title," Glasgow said.
Those matches were against teams other than Mars Hill. Red Bay had three singles matches in the finals against the Panthers.
The state tournament will be next Monday and Tuesday at the Point Mallard State Park Courts in Decatur.
Class 1A-3A Boys, Girls
Mars Hill and Shoals Christian advanced to the state tournament in girls play, while Red Bay and Mars Hill qualified in boys play at the Section 5 tournament Tuesday.
In girls play, Mars Hill won the section title with 46 points, edging Shoals Christian by three points.
Mackenzie Bishop captured the No. 1 singles title, beating Mars Hill's Jessie Bratcher 6-0, 6-0. Bishop teamed with Anna McKelvey to win the No. 1 doubles title over Bratcher and Sarah Bayles, 6-3, 6-1.
At No. 2 singles, Lexington's Alyssa Phillips defeated Mars Hill's Hensley Pierce 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
Other singles winners were Anna McKelvey (SC) at No. 3; Sara Bayles (MH) at No. 4; Amy McKelvey (SC) at No. 5 and Mary Caitlin Durham (SC) at No. 6.
Mars Hill won two doubles titles.
Lexington was third with 30 points and Lauderdale County was fourth with 15 points.
In boys play, Red Bay extended its section championship streak to five today, beating Mars Hill 43-40.
Red Bay's Toby Gray won the No. 1 singles title, defeating Lexington's Heath Thompson 6-2, 6-1.
Gray and Kirk Armstrong also won the No. 1 doubles, beating Lexington's Thompson and Cavan Holley 6-2, 6-3.
In No. 2 singles, Red Bay's Chris Funderburk defeated Mars Hill's Tirey Cole 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.
Other singles winners included Russell Durdunji (MH) at No. 3; Brock Tiffin (MH) at No. 4;, Hunter Graham (Lauderdale County) at No. 5; and Roman Lynch (RB) at no. 6.
Lauderdale County finished with 23 points and Lexington finished with 18 points.
April 20, 2009
2009 Boys Sectional at Florence Monday, April 20
Red Bay Leads Mars Hill Going into Finals
FINALS: Tuesday, April 21 3:00 pm
Red Bay Boys Tennis Team will try to make it 4 straight years as champions on Tuesday in the Finals of the Boys sectional in Florence.
Red Bay will have 5 singles players: 1,2,3,4, and 6 and their #1 doubles team in the Finals while Mars Hill has 4 singles players in the finals: 2,3,4,and 5 and #2 and #3 doubles in the Finals.
Results Red Bay High School
Monday, April 20, 2009
AHSAA A-2A-3A Boys Tennis Section
Cox Creek Tennis Cox, Chisolm Road, Florence
Director: Brice Bishop, Shoals Christian School
# 1 Singles Semifinals
Toby Gray( Red Bay) d. Jesse Thompson (Lauderdale Co) 7-5,6-0
#2 Singles Semifinals
Chris Funderburk (RB) d. Matt Jones (Lauderdale Co) 7-6, 7-6
#3 Singles Semifinals
John Thigpen (Red Bay) d. Drew Springer (Lexington) 6-4, 6-4
#4 Singles Semifinals
Kirk Armstrong (Red Bay) d. Brett Alsbrooks (Sheffield) 6-0, 6-3
# 5 Singles 1st Round
Justin Roberts (Red Bay) d. Zac Sinyard (Lexington) 6-4, 6-3
#5 Singles Semifinals
Morgan Yadacus (Lauderdale Co) d. Justin Roberts (RB) 6-3, 6-3
# 6 Singles Semifinals
Roman Lynch (Red Bay) d. (Colton Durdunji (Mars Hill) 6-4, 6-4
# 1 Doubles Semifinals
Gray-Armstrong (RB) d. Davis-Durdunji (Mars Hill) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6
# 2 Doubles 1st Round
Thigpen-Lynch (RB) d. Alsbrooks-Hardwick (Sheffield) 6-2, 6-1
#2 Doubles Semifinals
Lauderdale Co d. Thigpen-Lynch (RB) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6
# 3 Doubles 1st Round
Funderburk-Roberts (RB) d. Graham-Wright (Lauderdale Co) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
# 3 Doubles Semifinals
Tiffin-Darby (Mars Hill) d. Funderburk-Roberts (RB) 6-3, 6-3
Team Scoring A-2A-3A AHSAA
Boys Tennis Sectional
after 1st Day FINALS TUESDAY 3:30 Cox Creek, Florence
Red Bay 34
Mars Hill 33
Lauderdale Co 18
March 24, 2009
The Red Bay boys tennis team improved to 3-0 in section play and 4-1 overall this week with a 7-2 win against Lexington and a 7-2 win against Sheffield while the Lady Tigers lost to Lexington 9-0 and Sheffield 7-2 to fall to 0-4 on the season.
Red Bay Boy's and Girl's teams have met the halfway mark for the season and the boy's team remain undefeated in the small schools division , class A-2A-3A of the AHSAA.. Red Bay singles players undefeated in the section 5 include Toby Gray at # 1 position, Kirk Armstrong at the # 4 position, and Roman Lynch at the # 6 position. Red Bay's # 1 doubles team of Toby Gray and Kirk Armstrong are the only doubles team undefeated. The next test for Red Bay will be the runnerup team from last season, Mars Hill. If Red Bay can defeat Mars Hill they will be seeded first in several positions for the sectional tournament. The sectional will be held in Florence on Monday and Tuesday, April 21st and 22nd.
Quote from Coach Glasgow, "We have not started out the year playing our best tennis, but hopefully we can pick it up next week. I have seen some improvement in #2 Chris Funderburk, # 3 John Thigpen, and newcomer #5 Justin Roberts. However, we must improve our doubles. If we can improve our doubles and maintain at #1 Toby Gray, #4 Kirk Armstrong, and # 6 Roman Lynch; we should be able to win the section tournament for the 4th year in a row. Also, we had two good singles wins in girls action. Caitlin Childers and Morgan Duncan had good wins against Sheffield and with continued improvement by the girls, we should make a showing at the section tournament."
Red Bay's next match is Tuesday, March 31 at Shoals Community College in Tuscumbia against Mars Hill at 4:00 pm.
The remaining schedule for 2009:
Tuesday, March 31 at SCC vs Mars Hill B.G # 4:00
Pre-Season PRESS RELEASE
March 1, 2009
Alabama High School Athletic Association
2008 AHSAA State Tennis Tournament, Mobile, Alabama
FINAL Results-Boys Tennis-2008
FROM 2009 RED BAY SCHOOL TENNIS TEAMS
Red Bay Boys Team returns 5 senior players from the 2008 Tennis Team which finished in 5th Place in the State Tournament. Senior Toby Gray and Senior Kirk Armstrong lost in the state semi-finals in singles and doubles. Losing in the quarterfinals were seniors Chris Funderburk and John Thigpen. Senior Roman Lynch and Sophomore Justin Roberts make up the team.
Red Bay will be trying to win their 4th straight sectional title and return to the state tournament for the 17th time since tennis was established as a program at Red Bay in 1990.
Quote from Coach Sonny Glasgow, 20th year as Red Bay's Varsity Tennis Coach,
"We won 5 out of 6 singles championships and 2 out of 3 doubles championships at
the sectional tournament in Florence last year. We graduated two great players in
Wesley Jarnigan and Matthew Young, but we return 4 of the top six.
"We are hoping for someone to make it to the finals at state this year. We had four in the semifinals last year and maybe someone can break through to the finals. Of course,
we have to win sectionals again. We have 5 seniors and hopefully we will get the leadership to win our 4th straight sectional. These guys put in the court time and our boys teams have gone to the state tournament for 5 straight years. They have seen what it takes to be successful at state. We play a strong schedule and this helps us in the sectional and state tournaments. The private schools continue to dominate at state tennis as last year we were the only public school at state in Class A-2A-3A. Randolph School is the defending champion and Montgomery Academy has won the championship 10 out of the last 13 years. Indian Springs was champion in 2006.
I feel good about 2009 with 5 seniors if we don't have any injuries. Maybe this will be the year when one of them breaks through to the finals."
Red Bay Girls Team includes: seniors Morgan Duncan, Nealea McKinney, Deidra Shewbart, and Britan Bolding(golf); juniors Caitlin Childers, Meghann Oliver and Shelby Childers; sophomores Morgan Mckinney and Shantell Nichols, and Candice Funderburk, 8th; and Kimberly Humphres,9th.
Last season Red Bay girls had a few surprise wins in the regular season, but did not win a match at the sectional tournament. "We hope to improve this season. We always get a late start with the success of the girls basketball team. We have five out of the top six playing basketball. If the girls obligate themselves to work hard and look to the sectional tourney, we should greatly improve from last season. The girls team haven't
qualified for state since 2003. We will definitely be the underdogs in the section."
2009 RED BAY HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS SCHEDULE