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Thrice as nice

Published 11:01am Monday, April 21, 2014

BRHS boys win third straight sectional title

When they needed it most, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats came through with victory.
Thanks to a dramatic tiebreaker win over Valley in a doubles final, the BRHS Wildcats boys tennis team made it a three-peat, claiming their third straight sectional championship.
The victory was clinched thanks to BRHS’ No. 3 doubles team, Logan Turner and Jamarez Hall. They defeated Valley High School in three sets to clinch it for the Wildcats.
“It was a good day,” said BRHS boys tennis coach Wes Coleman. “We did what we had to do.”
After No. 1 player Matt Brown, No. 4 player Trevor Gravette, No. 5 player Turner and No. 6 player Hall claimed singles sectional titles, BRHS had to win their doubles finals to claim the title.
BRHS’ No. 1 team (Brown and Chris Cunningham) ran over Valley in the final, winning in straight sets, setting the stage for Turner and Hall’s heroics.
“They lost the first set, but won the second set 6-4 before winning in a tie-breaker in the final set,” Coleman said. “Our seniors led us, and I was especially pleased with our young kids. Jamarez and Logan came through for us when the chips were down, and I was proud to see it.”
Now, the Wildcats will attempt to keep it going when they head to the state championships in Mobile.
Coleman said he thinks the team has an opportunity to make some noise, thanks to season-long progress and what could be favorable draws in tournament play.
“We’ve had a good season so far, and I’m proud of the improvement we’ve shown from the start to the end of the season. Anytime you win your section, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at, it’s a great accomplishment,” he said. “From top to bottom, we’ll see nothing but good teams at state, but we’ll have a chance to claim some spots. We have to get those first wins under our belt and build some confidence.”
BRHS will begin play – both boys and girls – on Thursday, April 24. They will play through Friday, April 25.
The Outlook will have results from the state championships as they are made available.