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Spain Park too tough in tennis
Host Austin finishes 9th

By Mark Edwards
medwards@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2461

Austin High finished ninth out of 15 teams from across North and Central Alabama as the Black Bears hosted their annual boys high school tennis tournament at Point Mallard.

Spain Park won the event, which began Friday and ended Saturday evening. In a scoring system that gave two points for every singles victory and three for every win in doubles, Spain Park compiled 66 points.

Vestavia Hills placed second with 61, followed by Grissom (43), Huntsville (31), Russellville (20) and Pelham (20).

Northridge of Tuscaloosa was seventh with 18 points, while Bob Jones (13) was eighth, followed by Austin (12). Florence (11) was 10th, followed by West Point (eight), Muscle Shoals (five), Hartselle (two), Guntersville (two) and Decatur (zero).

The Austin doubles team of Alex Worley and Kyle Smith advanced to the semifinals at No. 1 doubles before falling to Spain Parkís Ryan White and Nathan White.

In No. 3 doubles, Austinís Kyle Justice and Ben Ward made the quarterfinals.

In singles, Austin had three players make the quarterfinals, including Smith at No. 2, Sam Barker at No. 3 and Taylor Collins at No. 5.

For Hartselle, A.J. McNutt made the quarterfinals in No. 5 singles.

Spain Parkís Nathan White won No. 1 singles over Grissomís Connor Rives 6-3, 6-2.

Ryan White, Nathanís brother, won No. 2 singles by defeating Pelhamís John McKay 6-2, 6-2.

The two brothers won No. 1 doubles over Rives and Michael Little of Grissom 6-3, 6-3.

In other singles matches, Spain Parkís Josh Benton won at No. 3. Vestavia Hills swept the other three singles championships, including Matt Roden at No. 4, Brett Gibson at No. 5 and Clark Morson at No. 6.

Roden and Justin Detwiler also gave Vestavia Hills the No. 3 doubles championship.

At No. 2 doubles, Spain Parkís Benton and Martin Stickler beat Vestavia Hillsí Gibson and Morson 7-5, 6-3 in the match that clinched the team championship.

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