Walton coach Christy Page felt pretty good when the match to decide the Class AAAAAA championship came down to No. 3 singles player Johanna Keeline.
Keeline won the first set 6-0 and battled back from a 3-0 deficit to win the second set 7-5 and give Walton the state championship for the 11th time in 13 years with a 3-2 victory over Peachtree Ridge.
“She’s someone I knew would come up big,” Page said. “She’s so mentally strong and so consistent. She’s the one you want in that situation.”
Walton got doubles wins from Katie Riley and Jessica Cramer at No. 1 and Sophia Guldberg and Erica Bauer at No. 2. Peachtree Ridge got singles wins from Abby Owens and Jena Kelly.
Class AAAAAA boys: Brookwood won its seventh state championship with a 3-0 victory over North Cobb. The Broncos got wins from the doubles teams of Matt Jones and William McWhirt and Ryan Pridgeon and Daniel Drake, as well as No. 2 singles player Zachary Jennings.
Class AAAAA girls: No. 3 singles player Anneliese Leahy won the deciding game to help Lakeside-Evans prevail 3-2 over Starr’s Mill. Leahy lost the first set 2-6, but came back to win 7-6, 6-4 to help the Panthers to their first championship. Kayla Hergott and the team of Brittany McLeod and Katie Burton also earned points for Lakeside. Starr’s Mill got a win from Rachael Williams and the doubles team of Kailey Inhulsen and Shannon McKillip.
Class AAAAA boys: Frank Rogers scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory to pace Starr’s Mill to a 3-0 win over Union Grove. No. 2 singles Alex Borovsky and No. 2 doubles Blake Traeger and Sebastien Schneider were also victorious.
Class AAAA girls: Marist overpowered LaGrange 3-0 to win its fourth title in five years. Kelsey Williams and Marielle Williams won at the first two singles spots and the No. 2 doubles team of Anna Stevenson and Leigh Peters got the other point.
Class AAAA boys: Parker Bray’s 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win gave Columbus a 3-1 victory over Madison County on coach Betsy Zachry’s birthday. Columbus won both doubles matches: Ryan Gordon and Rob Monfort at No. 1 and Arnav Patel and Andrew Bray at No. 2. Madison County’s Trey Morris won at No. 1 singles.
Class AAA girls: Florida commitment Kourtney Keegan led Blessed Trinity to a 3-0 win over Woodward Academy to win its fifth straight title. The Titans also won at No. 1 doubles with Sarah Baker and Megan Foye and No. 2 doubles with Elizabeth Milano and Kelly Higgins.
Class AAA boys: Blessed Trinity scored a 3-1 decision over St. Pius. The No. 2 doubles team of Collin Joiner and Kevin Wise won the decisive match. Matt Marin and Matt Ghering won the first two singles matches. The lone St. Pius win came at No. 1 doubles from Jack Cote and Parker Jones.
Class AA girls: Westminster secured a 3-1 win over rival Lovett when Kay Crawford and Maddie Hutchins nailed down their 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 decision in No. 1 doubles. Julie Fowler and Simrun Mithwani won their singles matches for the Wildcats. Lovett’s Annie Mayfield got the lone win for the Lions.
Class AA boys: Westminster won both doubles matches and got a victory from Stephen Solms at No. 2 singles in a 3-0 win over Wesleyan. Spain Short and Will Anderson won at No. 1 doubles and Connor Hutchins and Jimmy White won at No. 2 doubles.
“We had a lot of new players and new combinations this year,” said coach Wade Boggs. “I’m proud of this team because we didn’t have a dominant No. 1 player. We had a lot of combinations and tried to find a way to win.”
Class A Public girls: Baconton beat Irwin County 3-1 to win the first championship in school history. The three singles players – Abbey Anglin, Sierra Davis and Allisa McCook, finished the season unbeaten.
Anglin started the day with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Maddie Carlton. From there the Blazers continued to pour it on. Sierra Davis whipped Payton Posey 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles draw and Allissa McCook beat Summer Pridgen 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
The No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Hays and Jaycee Santos lost their match to Irwin’s Jordan Jankiewicz and Jayden Jankiewicz. The No. 2 team of Marcey Bullington and Susan Bankston never got to start.
Class A Public boys: Marion County defeated Irwin County 3-1 to win the school’s first tennis championship. Grey Wells, Daniel Peacock and Bense Medders each won their matches 6-0, 6-0.
Wells beat Irwin County’s Tyler Writ 6-0, 6-0. Peacock beat Jordan Leverett 6-0, 6-0. Bense beat Trey spell 6-0-0.
The doubles team of A.J. Wells and Kendrick Baker did not finish its match. Marion didn’t even bring a No. 2 doubles team, which is why Irwin was able to put a point on the board.
Class A Private girls: No. 3 singles player Mia Pattillo won the deciding match to give Walker a 3-2 victory over Mt. Pisgah. Freshman Audrey Cunningham and sophomore Leigh Norsworthy scored an upset at No. 1 singles for Walker, which also got a win at No 2 doubles from Caroline Kunetz and Holly Harkins. Mt Pisgah’s Bianca Tarrago and Ines Tarrago won the first two singles spots.
“Winning that No. 1 doubles match was a key for us,” said coach Jan Steffens. “We had lost to them in the region tournament, so that was a key.”
Class A Private boys: Walker beat First Presbyterian 3-1. No. 2 singles Alan Norsworthy lost the first set, but came back to win the last two and secure the 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory. Walker also got wins from its doubles teams: Will Chocallo and Daniel Sosnavsky, and Austin Newsome and Sloan Coolbroth.
Miller Durham won the No. 2 singles match for First Presbyterian. The competitive No. 1 singles match between First Presbyterian’s Daniel Strawn, an undefeated Clemson signee, and Walker’s Derrick Brown, was not finished. The two players split the first two sets and were tied 4-4 when the match was concluded by Northsworthy’s win.