Lipscomb, Brentwood win team tennis titles: The Lipscomb Academy boys and the Brentwood High girls captured team tennis state titles Wednesday at Old Fort Park.
Lipscomb Academy (20-0) defeated CAK 4-2, clinching the A-AA championship with an 8-4 doubles thriller by junior cousins Sam Hutcheson and Jackson Duncan over CAK’s Davis Brady and Chase Bristow.
“We wanted to get coach (Lynn) Griffith his first state championship, that was kind of the thing,” said Hutcheson, who won his No. 3 singles match 7-5, 6-0 over Brady.
Brentwood’s girls tennis team cruised through the Class AAA championship match, shutting out Houston 4-0.
The Lady Bruins lost just five games total as No. 1 seed Somer Henry topped Menzie Montgomery 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Georgia Fischer won 6-3, 6-1 over Allison Griffin; Nikki Christiansen downed Kelly Carney 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 and Marla Leone disposed of Kelly Glasgow 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5.
“It’s the first time in quite a while,” said Brentwood coach Bill Jayne, whose boys squad fell in Tuesday’s semifinals. “The Brentwood girls have won five (state championships) in the past, but this is the first time since 2003 so it had been a while. The girls have been working hard for this for quite a long time, especially the two seniors.”
Stewarts Creek tops state power, stays alive: After a loss early Wednesday to Arlington, Stewarts Creek baseball coach Mike Bartlett said his team would be resilient in the elimination game just hours later.
“Lately we’ve been really good in elimination games,” Bartlett said after the 1-0 loss.
Bartlett’s words rang true as the Red Hawks rallied back to beat Farragut 9-4 to force a rematch with Arlington on Thursday in the Class AAA tournament.
MBA stingy against McCallie: Defending Division II-AA champion Montgomery Bell Academy will have a chance to play for a state title for the second straight year after knocking off McCallie 1-0 in the semifinals.
The Big Red will play Christian Brothers Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Christian Brothers knocked off Father Ryan 1-0 in the other semifinal. It’s a rematch of last year’s title game, a 3-0 MBA win.
“It was a huge game for us because they’re quality team,” Big Red coach Giles Cheevers said. “We just tried to unsettle them a little bit and throw them off their game a tad today.”
MBA succeeded in that plan, holding Blue Tornadoes to just five shots on goal and handing McCallie its only shutout of the season.
The game remained scoreless through the first half, but the Big Red broke through, scoring what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the 52nd minute when freshman Henry Hylbert booted a redirected pass into the bottom right corner of the net.
Westfall, Lady Stars cruise twice: Siegel senior pitcher Veronica Westfall was a one-woman wrecking crew. She held down Clarksville’s hitters with a 12-strikeout performance while helping her own cause with two home runs and three RBIs in a 6-1 win over the Lady Wildcats in the Class AAA tournament.
Siegel senior outfielder Jensen McElroy and freshman infielder Caitlyn McCrary also belted homers for Siegel, which later knocked off Gibbs 7-1 to reach the winners bracket finals Thursday (5:30 p.m. at Starplex).
Petty, FCS in familiar territory: Friendship Christian pitcher Courtney Petty was solid in a complete game, and Friendship Christian won its first-round Division II-A softball contest over USJ Wednesday.
She struck out eight and scattered six hits in the victory, which moved FCS to winners bracket final Thursday at 10 a.m. against The King’s Academy.
Petty was also tough at the plate leading off for the Lady Commanders, belting three hits, including a double.
Friendship Christian’s Riley Walker had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs to pace the Lady Commander offense.
Ravenwood tops nemesis: After falling to Houston in the Class AAA soccer tourney three of the past five years, Ravenwood got past the hurdle.
The Raptors reached the state title game with a 1-0 victory in a game that was delayed by storms.
Ravenwood senior Jake Hill scored the lone goal on a penalty kick early in the second half.
—Cecil Joyce, Sam Brown, Aldo Amato, Tom Wood and George Robinson contributed to this report.