Tennessee High netters win state title

Jeff Birchfield • May 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM

MURFREESBORO — Tennessee High wrapped up its second boys’ tennis title in four years with a 4-2 win over Brentwood on Wednesday afternoon at the TSSAA Spring Fling state championships.

The Vikings swept their top three singles matches in both their Class AAA championship win over Brentwood and a 4-2 semifinal win over Siegel at Old Fort Park.

In the championship round, No. 1 singles player Matt Henson scored a 6-2, 6-3 win over the Bruins’ Nick Fauchet. Jacob Marshall, at No. 2 singles, took a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Will Jayne, and Charlie Moseley at No. 3 was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Andrew Rogers.

The No. 1 doubles team of Henson and Marshall clinched the match with an 8-2 win over the Brentwood duo of Danny Hester and Fauchet.

Nathan Willis and Austin Hinson also played for the Vikings in Wednesday competition.

It was Tennessee High’s eighth team championship for all sports.

Track & field

Science Hill’s Savannah Hirst placed fourth in the Class AAA pole vault after clearing 10-feet on Wednesday afternoon.

Hirst, a junior for the Hilltoppers, credited Science Hill vaulting coach Randy Brewer for her success in the event.

“He is definitely one of the best coaches around,” Hirst said. “He’s so encouraging, the best coach I’ve had.”

While she was pleased with her fourth-place showing at the state championships, Hirst was more pleased to simply to make it to the Spring Fling. She qualified for the state meet by vaulting 10-6 at the Section 1-AAA meet last week in Johnson City.

“That meet was extremely competitive,” Hirst said. “Just to get down here was a huge accomplishment. I was more happy that I got down here than I was today. Everything worked out fine though.”

Earlier in the week, Greeneville’s Anton Almqvist finished second in the Class A-AA decathlon and his teammate Quan Wilson was eighth in the event. Jeremiah Sokol gave Dobyns-Bennett a fourth-place finish in the Class AAA decathlon.

On the girls’ side, Adriana Watkins of Dobyns-Bennett placed third in the girls’ Class AAA pentathlon and Katie May of Elizabethton was 10th in Class A-AA competition.


Dyer County 4, Dobyns-Bennett 2

Down 4-0 entering the seventh inning, Christian Bailey hit a two-run single and the Indians (34-6-1) had the winning run at the plate in the season-ending loss to the Choctaws.

The Indians, who left nine runners stranded in the game and 28 overall in three games at the state tournament, had runners on third base at the end of all three final innings.

It was the end of the road for the talented senior class of Sammy Salyers, Logan Gentry, Payton Marshall, Kurt Mattioda and Bailey who set a school record with 129 career victories.

Dobyns-Bennett 3, Brentwood 2

In their Wednesday opener, the Indians scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning and held on in a wild finish.

Sammy Stewart provided the game-winning runs with a two-run double which scored Skyler East and Caleb Cook.

With bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Logan Gentry fired a throw to catcher Sammy Salyers to get out the Bruins’ Aaron Maher for a force out at home. Tim Robuck then popped up to first base for the final out as Cook picked up the win, giving up just three hits and one earned run in a complete-game effort.

Grace Christian 5, North Greene 1

Tanner Fee gave up just two hits and struck out 12 to lead the Rams over the Huskies.

Brett Bolton’s RBI single to score Tyler Bailey gave North Greene its lone run in the sixth inning.

Bailey reached base earlier on an error and advanced to second on Troy Hall’s single. After going to third on a fielders choice, Bailey came home off Bailey’s single to left field.

Hall suffered the loss after giving up two runs in the second inning.


Greenbrier 2, Greeneville 1

Caitlyn Hudgins hit a walk-off single in the eighth inning to score Caitlin Turner and lift the Lady Bobcats over the Lady Devils.

Greenbrier’s Kaityln Collins struck out 14 and gave up just two hits.

Jordan Fortel was responsible for both of those hits. She finished 2-for-3 at the plate, including a solo home run to left center field in the top of the sixth to give the Lady Devils a 1-0 lead.

In addition, Fortel went the distance in the circle, scattering six hits.

Greenbrier’s Courtney Miles answered in the bottom of the sixth with her own solo home run to left field.


Madison Academy 1, Greeneville 0

Wamba Mputubwele scored the match’s lone goal in the 24th minute to lead Madison Academy over the Greene Devils.

Greeneville had a 12-7 shot advantage, but much of that was offset with nine saves by Madison goalkeeper Jon Wichlan. Taylor Bailey and Ethan Ellis combined for eight saves for the Greene Devils.

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