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All-State accolades for Summertown tennis duo

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Summertown’s Ella Konig and Gracie Kelly were recognized as members of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s all-state tennis teams as those athletes were honored this week.

The twosome won the Division I Small Class doubles state championship during Spring Fling in May, defeating Madison Academic’s Mitzi Castro and Sarah Wilson in straight sets for the title.

Konig and Kelly helped extend a successful run for the Lady Eagles program, which includes a state runner-up finish in the team competition this spring and a championship performance in 2019 along with a doubles title by Alexis Perry and Haley Caperton.

TSWA all-state track and field teams were announced Tuesday, with baseball to be released for Thursday publication, boys soccer for Friday and softball for Saturday.

The all-state tennis teams, in their entirety, follow:

Girls Division I Large Class

Singles — Willa Rogers, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Sr.; Lucy Higgins, Lincoln Co., Sr.; Margaux Britt, Collierville, Jr.; Elena Kurowski, McMinn Co., Sr. Doubles — Allie Knox, Sr./Leah McBride, So., Science Hill; Vivy Huddleston, Fr./Belle Huddleston, Jr., Brentwood

Girls Division I Small Class

Singles — Ellison Reynoldson, Camden, So.; Maddie Maben, L&N STEM Acad., Sr.; Leigh Baldwin, Madison Academic, Jr.; Morgan Brown, Watertown, Jr. Doubles — Ella Konig, Jr./Gracie Kelly, So., Summertown; Mitzi Castro, So./Sarah Wilson, Sr., Madison Academic

Girls Division II-A

Singles — Allie Faulkner, Christian Acad. of Knoxville, 8th; Kai Wince, Lausanne, Jr.; Ayden Kujawa, Clarksville Acad., Jr.; Ella Sallee, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Jr. Doubles — Lili Roth, Sr./Delaney Bone, Jr., Knoxville Webb; Brilee Davis, Fr./Addy Measley, So., Univ. School of Jackson

Girls Division II-AA

Singles — Meave Thorton, Knoxville Catholic, So.; Sean Mullin, St. Benedict, Sr.; Peyton Tomicheck, Brentwood Acad., Fr.; Eleni Liakonis, Knox Catholic, Fr. Doubles — Melanie Woodbury, Fr./Stephanie Woodbury, Jr., Hutchison; Riley Collins, Jr./Anna Chambers, Sr., Ensworth

Boys Division I Large Class

Singles — Ranjay Arul, Collierville, So.; Griffen Nickels, Science Hill, Sr.; Carter Ramthun, Station Camp, Jr.; Andrew Lee, Oak Ridge, Jr. Doubles — Jackson Stone, Jr./Ethan Eisenhauer, Sr., Ravenwood; Ajay Arul, So./Tristian Kelly, So., Collierville

Boys Division I Small Class

Singles — Evan Carr, L&N STEM Acad., Sr.; Eli England, Claiborne, Fr.; Boris Combest, Mem. Middle College, Sr.; Logan Turner, Knoxville Halls, Sr. Doubles — Joshua Rodriguez, Sr./Joseph Rodriguez, Sr., Merrol Hyde; Preston Johns, Jr./Justin McCarty, Jr., Gatlinburg-Pittman

Boys Division II-A

Singles — Walker Stearns, St. George’s, Sr.; Danny Hamze, Lausanne, So.; Nicolas Roth, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Jr.; Henry Stack, Univ. School of Nashville, So. Doubles — Alex Juergens, Jr./Wilder Dewhirst, So., Knoxville Webb; Jack Wilkerson, Fr./Tristan Scallion, Fr., Univ. School of Jackson

Boys Division II-AA

Singles — Baylor Sai, Montgomery Bell Acad., Sr.; Hank Trondson, Ensworth, So.; Andreas Sillaste, McCallie, So.; Foster Pierce, Montgomery Bell Acad., Jr. Doubles — Gabe Getz, Fr./Will Leathers, Jr., McCallie; Luke Donovan, Sr./Roberto Ferrer, So., Memphis Univ. School

TSSAA recognizes prep multi-sport athletes

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More than 3,400 Tennessee high school athletes participated in three or more TSSAA-sanctioned sports during the 2020-21 school year, with nearly 100 of those hailing from the Southern Middle Tennessee Sports coverage area.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association recently recognized those athletes, providing schools with printable certificates for presentation to each of them.

“So many things have been put into a different perspective over the past year and a half due to the pandemic,” TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said. “School administrators and coaches continue to recognize that every opportunity a student-athlete has to compete in education-based athletics is invaluable.

“We continue to encourage coaches and administrators to allow student-athletes every opportunity to participate in the sports they desire to, whether that’s just one, or two, or three, or more.”

While the total number of TSSAA athletes from the just-completed school year was more than 75,000 – down from the reported 83,000-plus from the 2019-20 school year – those participating in three or more sports totaled 3,437 this year, an increase of 401 from last year’s 3,036.

“Our athletic programs do not exist to serve college sports programs,” Childress said, “but it is worth reminding coaches and parents that college recruiters are looking for students that display a great attitude, work ethic and leadership qualities.

“Those are traits that you develop through participating in a variety of activities.”

Of the 14 athletic programs in the SM-Tn Sports coverage area, 13 had at least one three-sport athlete. Columbia Academy, with 14, led the way.

Eight athletes, including Zion Christian’s Madison Hayes, Becca Hazard and Dillan Runions, participated in four sports; so did Mt. Pleasant’s Baleigh Gray, Santa Fe’s Elise Adkison and Josh Martin, Summertown’s Hailey Jones and Summit’s Veronika Whitten.

The full list of area three-sport (or more) athletes, based on eligibility reports submitted by each school for each sport, follows:

Columbia Acad.: Anna Claire Butt — Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis; Drew Butt — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country; Hallie Butterfield – Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball; Kennedy Chatman — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Tori Duval — Bowling, Softball, Volleyball; Andrew Fleming — Bowling, Soccer, Track and Field; Jaelyn Hickerson — Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field; Collins Malone — Basketball, Football, Track and Field; Gavin Morgan — Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field; Hayden Morgan — Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer; Ian Pulse — Bowling, Football, Soccer; Ian Pulse — Bowling, Football, Soccer; Parker Shirley — Basketball, Football, Track and Field; Averi Slaughter — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Nathan Thomas — Football, Tennis, Track and Field

Columbia Central: Justin Buchmann — Basketball, Football, Track and Field

Culleoka: Maci McKennon — Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball

Hampshire: Craig Delk — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country; Errette Delk — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country; Kadence Stoner — Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball

Independence: Chaise Bethmann — Basketball, Soccer, Tennis

Lawrence Co.: Sam Bradley — Baseball, Football, Wrestling; Carley Fields — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; T.J. Gobble — Baseball, Basketball, Tennis; Andrew Honn — Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field; M’kala Kerr — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Luke Mattox — Baseball, Basketball, Golf; Emily Moore — Bowling, Golf, Tennis; Luke Nichols — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Madison Tidwell — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Loretto: Emily Cozart — Basketball, Soccer, Softball; Carter Daniel — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Shelby Fisher — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Savannah Qualman — Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis; Clint Seymore — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Carlee Urban — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant: Chris Andrews — Basketball, Football, Track and Field; Gracie Boyd — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Demarkus Brown — Basketball, Football, Track and Field; Keevan Cooper — Basketball, Football, Track and Field; Baleigh Gray — Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, Volleyball; Ben Hirsch — Baseball, Cross Country, Track and Field; Hayden Holt — Baseball, Basketball, Golf; Landen Manning — Cross Country, Tennis, Track and Field

Santa Fe: Elise Adkison — Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, Volleyball; Chloe Anderson — Basketball, Cross Country, Softball; Josh Martin — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf; Lexi McEwen — Basketball, Bowling, Softball; Terralyn Pemberton — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Bowman Ruch — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country; Aniston Slaughter — Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball; Shane West — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country; Logan Wilkins — Baseball, Basketball, Golf

Spring Hill: Kevin Caraballo — Cross Country, Track and Field, Wrestling; Kat Carter — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Kemonta Fry — Football, Track and Field, Wrestling; Nicolette Harper — Bowling, Softball; Dakota Jackson — Cross Country, Soccer, Wrestling; Wesley Jones — Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field; Tyson Peters — Cross Country, Football, Soccer; Elijah Smith — Football, Golf, Soccer

Summertown: Isaac Barker — Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis; Kaley Campbell — Basketball, Golf, Softball; Mia Dinwiddie — Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball; Harrison Gobble — Baseball, Basketball, Golf; Hailey Jones — Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, Volleyball; Weston Pigg — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country; McKenzie Runnels — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Skyler Trousdale — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country

Summit: Ben Bawcum — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Elijah Castro-Harris — Cross Country, Football, Soccer; Ryan Crane — Cross Country, Football, Soccer; Garet Dean — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Jadon Hickman — Basketball, Football, Track and Field; Tre Hunter — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Claudette Runk — Basketball, Golf, Softball; Graham Schneider — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Sam Sloan — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Veronika Whitten — Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field

Zion Chr.: Halle Adcox — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; Max Brown — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Becca Hazard — Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball; Madison Hayes — Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball; Jackson Hughes — Baseball, Basketball, Golf; Jaron Keyser — Baseball, Basketball, Football; Zachary Knowles — Basketball, Football, Soccer; Connor Matheny — Basketball, Football, Soccer; Emily Mesko — Basketball, Soccer, Softball; Wesley Riggins — Basketball, Football, Soccer; Dillan Runions — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football; Peyton White — Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Konig, Kelly carry torch for tennis Eagles

By Chris Yow

MURFREESBORO — Alexis Perry and Haley Caperton never got the chance to defend their 2019 Small Class State Girls’ Tennis doubles state championship due to COVID-19, so Ella Konig and Gracie Kelly defended it for them with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Madison Magnet’s Mitzi Castro and Sarah Wilson on Friday.

“We are very close to those girls who won two years ago, and I feel like we needed to win because they didn’t get to play last year,” Kelly said.

Continuing to carry the torch of successful girls athletics at Summertown is something players and coaches strive to do, no matter the sport. The tennis torch was first lifted 23 years ago when coach Andrea Kelly — then Andrea Mabry — and Michelle McCormack won the school’s first doubles title in 1998. 

“We are fortunate in Summertown. We have athletes who want to work,” said the coach, who has also led the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team to consecutive state titles. “They may not be the best skill-wise, but they have so much heart and ‘want-to’ that in a close game it puts them over the top. 

“It’s Summertown; it’s win or die here.”

(L-R) Michelle McCormack, Steve Keeton, Andrea Kelly: Class A-AA Doubles Champions

Both coach and player Kelly noticeably share a surname, and that’s because Andrea is Gracie’s mother. As a young child, Gracie has had a photo of Andrea, Michelle and coach Steve Keeton in her room serving as motivation.

“This is very surreal. She told me she wanted to do this. She and her partner Ella have put in the work, and it paid off (Friday),” Andrea said.

“I’ve always wanted to win an individual championship and follow in her footsteps,” Gracie said.

The doubles team cruised early in the match, winning the first set 6-0, but dropped the first two games of the next set. Similarly, in the semifinals on Thursday they won five in a row before losing four straight in the first set. Andrea Kelly calmed her team down with a quick speech, and it was all Summertown from there.

“They just get a little bit relaxed. Like any sport, there is a lot of mental in tennis and a lot of momentum change,” she said. “I gave them a few pointers when they came over and told them they are in the driver’s seat and they have to drive, not let the other team control the game.”

Konig said the two losses may have helped her and Gracie find their groove in the set to take home their first doubles title.

“I think that may have made us more focused,” she said. “This is our first one together, and we want to come back next year. I think it’s important for us to keep going.”

Spring Fling roundup: Indy’s Halterman wins 1600; Lady Eagle pair to play for tennis title

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Among the local participants in the Large Class track and field state championships Thursday at Rockvale, Independence’s Jayne Halterman turned in the biggest – and most dramatic – performance.

Halterman won the girls 1600 meters, running a four-minute, 56.62-second time to narrowly defeat Zoe Arrington of Tennessee High. Arrington ran a 4:56.93, just three-tenths of a second off Halterman’s winning pace.

Also in the girls running events, Columbia Central’s Lillian Moore posted a 45.73 in the 300-meter hurdles to place fourth, about a second and a half behind Franklin County’s Gracie Morse, who won with a 44.10.

Independence’s Sarah Tang finished second in the girls Large Class shot put and seventh in the discus during Thursday’s track and field champioships at Rockvale. (Carl Edmondson / ActionPix)

In the field events, Independence’s Sarah Tang placed second in the shot put and seventh in the discus. Tang’s 39-feet, three-inch shot put effort was within two feet of the winning throw of 41 feet by Ravenwood’s Reghan Grimes. In the discus, Tang’s 111 feet was outdistanced by Grimes’ winning toss of 135 feet.

At the net: Gracie Kelly and Ella Konig are set for the Small Class girls doubles championship match Friday after a pair of preliminary wins Thursday.

Gracie Kelly and Ella Konig look to become Summertown’s second girls doubles state champions in as many tournaments. The two will play in Friday’s Small Class finals at 11 a.m. at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro. (Courtesy photo)

The Summertown tandem opened play with a 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinals victory over Bindi Patel and Grace Williams of Signal Mountain, then downed Annie Wade and Shelby Bondurant 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.

Kelly and Konig will face Mitzi Castro and Sarah Wilson from Madison Magnet in the 11 a.m. title match.

This marks the second straight Spring Fling that Summertown has been represented in the Small Class girls doubles finals. Alexis Perry and Haley Caperton won the 2019 doubles championship. The juniors were unable to defend their championship in 2020.

In the Small Class boys doubles quarterfinals, Summertown’s Turner Perry and Aniken Johnson fell in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) to Joshua and Joseph Rodriguez of Merrol Hyde.

Runner-up finish for Lady Eagles; Baseball nears elimination

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MURFREESBORO – Earning just three singles victories, Summertown fell to Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences 4-3 in the finals of the TSSAA Small Class Girls Tennis team tournament Wednesday at the Adams Tennis Complex.

Summertown, which won the Small Class girls title in 2019, led the match 3-2 at the conclusion of the singles competition as Gracie Kelly, Libby Konig and Emma Perry won their individual matches. However, CSAS swept the two doubles contests for the comeback victory.

State competition shifts to individuals on Thursday, with Kelly and Ella Konig representing the Lady Eagles in doubles play. Turner Perry and Aniken Johnson will compete in boys doubles.

Diamond split: After an opening-round victory Tuesday, the Summertown baseball team played twice Wednesday – falling 5-0 to East Robertson, before winning an 11-1 elimination game over University School-Johnson City.

East Robertson’s Peyton Clinton took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Jake Smith singled with one out. A fielder’s choice and a groundout preserved the shutout for Clinton, who benefitted from a first-inning run, three more in the sixth and one in the seventh. Cory Francis took the loss for the Eagles.

Against University School-Johnson City – which lost 10-0 In five innings to Summertown on Tuesday – Drake Blackwood went 3-for-3 with a home run and Grayson Burleson added a pair of hits in support of his complete game six-hitter on the mound. The Eagles scored a pair of runs in the first, three in the third and ended the game with a six-run sixth inning.

Summertown will face East Robertson at 2 p.m. Thursday; with an Eagles victory, the two would play a second game to determine which team advances to Friday’s Class A state championship game.

Eagle netters set for Wednesday finals; Tiger duo struggles at state track

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MURFREESBORO — Summertown won four of five singles matches Tuesday against L&N STEM Academy of Knoxville to advance into the finals of the Small Class Girls Team Tennis tournament at the Adams Tennis Complex.

Emma Perry and Hope Jones each won in straight sets, with Gracie Kelly claiming a victory by injury default and Libby Konig bouncing back from a first-set loss to defeat Helen Rothfuss 6-1, 6-3.

Ella Konig, the Lady Eagles’ No. 1 singles player, fell to Madeline Maben 6-0, 6-3, but the following four victories pre-empted doubles play between the two teams.

Summertown will take on Chattanooga Arts & Sciences, a 4-0 semifinals winner Tuesday over Madison Magnet, in Wednesday’s 9 a.m. championship match.

Tigers tamed: Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob Randolph and Jackson Gary had a tough Tuesday at the Small Class Track & Field Championships.

Randolph qualified in the discus, but his Tuesday toss of 95 feet, 2 inches at Rockvale was 16th in the field of 16 and more than 70 feet off the winning effort of 168-4 by Union City’s Taylan Tribble.

Gary competed in both the 800 and 1600 meters, running a 5:25.12 in the 1600 to finish nearly a minute behind Carter Bradford of Sequatchie County, who won with a 4:32.43. In the 800, his 2:24.33 was short of state champ Ryan Keeton of Fairview, who ran a 1:58.49 for the win.