Duncan Park plays host to MSPSA South State tournament

Published 6:25 pm Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Laurel Christian, Glenbrook and River Oaks had many players advance to the semifinals of the MPSA Class A South State Tournament at Duncan Park while players from several area schools fared well Monday.

The semifinals and finals of this tournament will take place today at the Duncan Park Tennis Courts with the first matches set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

“Laurel Christian came in a pretty strong contender. Glenbrook played pretty good. I’m glad they did,” Huntington head coach Emily Guida said. “River Oaks is a strong contender. Tensas has done well today. As far as my kids are concerned, I’m pleased with the way they played.”

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In No. 1 Boys Doubles, top-seeded Hunter Hale and Bennett Schauf of Tensas Academy and third-seeded Andrew Morgan and Thomas Morgan of Laurel Christian advanced to the semifinals, but there was one upset.

Second-seeded Jon Davis King and Jordan Vance of Trinity were defeated in the quarterfinals by Levi Madden and Hodson Brown of Glenbrook in straight sets, 7-6, 6-0. T. Daily and J. Walker of Chamberlain-Hunt also advanced to the semifinals.

In No. 1 Boys Singles, top-seeded Calen Lambert of Laurel Christian, second-seeded Matthew Moorehead of Glenbrook, and third-seeded Cody Cotton of Newton County Academy all advance to the semifinals with straight-set wins.

The only player who had to go three sets in the quarterfinals to advance was Tallulah Academy’s Gage Cantin, who defeated Mitch Lensing of Tensas Academy, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.

In No. 2 Boys Singles, top-seeded Vincent Moore of River Oaks advanced to the semifinals along with three unseeded players, Jeff Foshee of Newton County Academy, who defeated Trinity’s Suki Singh, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, Casper Wansley of Laurel Christian and Bryce Chandler of Glenbrook, who upset second-seeded Skyler Prunera of Sylva Bay Academy, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

In No. 1 Girls Singles, top-seeded Ainsley Moore of River Oaks, second-seeded Andra Boyles of Laurel Christian and third-seeded Madison Moorehead, along with Sarah Maimon of Tallulah Academy, advanced to the semifinals.

Moore defeated Trinity’s Brittney McCalip and Moorhead defeated Tensas’s Jennifer Russell with identical 6-0, 6-0 scores in each of their quarterfinal matches.

In No. 2 Girls Singles, top-seeded Morgan Sartor and second-seeded Martha Morgan advanced to the semifinals, as did Catherine Payne of Glenbrook and Paige Plaisance of Tensas Academy, who defeated Mellie Williams of Christian Collegiate Academy, 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

In No. 2 Boys Doubles, top-seeded Tanner McGraw and Christopher Houghton of WCCA was upset in the quarterfinals by Brandon Keipp and Tyler Wansley of Laurel Christian, 7-5, 6-3. Jackson Bryant and Langdon Morrison of Trinity advanced to the semifinals with a grueling 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0) win over Logan Coleman and Ashley Halterman of Tallulah Academy.

Second-seeded Charles Capdepon and Gardner Barham of Tensas Academy also advanced to the semifinal with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Andrew Hannah and Leif Miller of Newton County Academy, as did K. White and D. Neal of Chamberlain-Hunt who defeated T.J. Boyd and Jake Pittman of Sylva Bay, 6-0, 6-0.

In No. 1 Girls Doubles, top-seeded Mollye Ashmore and Julie Moak of Huntington advanced to the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Hillary LaPlatney and Shelby Pucheu of Christian Collegiate and will take on third-seeded Eliza Jones and Molly Butts of Trinity, who got by Lauren Liest and Mary Katherine Entrekin of Laurel Christian, 6-0, 7-6 (9-7).

However, second-seeded Ish Crigler and Jordan Leake of Tensas Academy won’t be joining Huntington and Trinity in the semifinals. Crigler and Leake were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kelsie Wilson and Hannah Scroggs of Glenbrook, 6-2, 6-1.

Wilson and Scroggs will take on Hannah Peoples and Abby McMillan of Newton County Academy. Peoples and McMillan defeated Anna Colb and Sara Beth Hinton of Sylva Bay in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1.

In No. 2 Girls Doubles, top-seeded Charlotte Metzger and Amy Shaw of River Oaks advanced to the finals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Caroline McCormick and Kirsten Prunera of Sylva Bay.

Metzger and Shaw will take on unseeded Anna Lindstrom and Mary Grace Fisher of Laurel Christian, who upset second-seeded Julia Corbett and Sara Hoover of Huntington in the other semifinal match, 6-2, 6-3.

In Mixed Doubles, top-seeded Katherine Coco and Alec Thornton of Tensas Academy, second-seeded Katie Moak and Stan Hazlip, and third-seeded Laura McCormick and Chase Folks of Sylva Bay advanced to the semifinals along with Miram Henry and William Curry of River Oaks. All four teams advanced with convincing straight-set wins.