2017-04-20 / Sports

Boys tennis wins fourth straight district title

BY JASON THOMPSON
Gulf Breeze News© 2017


The GBHS boys tennis team won their fourth consecutive district championship on April 11. They hosted Niceville in the regional semifinals Tuesday (after the News’ deadline). 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News The GBHS boys tennis team won their fourth consecutive district championship on April 11. They hosted Niceville in the regional semifinals Tuesday (after the News’ deadline). Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News The GBHS Dolphin tennis team lost a total of 28 games as they won all 21 matches they played in as the cruised to the District 1-3A championship April 11 at Shoreline Park.

The Lady Dolphins were in the running for the district title until the final handful of matches before Washington won two of the last three to win the title. The Lady Dolphins clinched the runner up spot.

Essary and Sky Haynes, by virtue of winning one singles and doubles, qualified automatically for next week’s state meet in Altamonte Springs.

Haynes didn’t drop a set in his three singles wins and dropped only three games with Haynes in their three doubles matches.

Benton Byrd lost only one game in his three singles matches in the number three singles division.


Grace Turnage (above left) hits a backhand, while Benton Byrd hits a forehand during singles competition last week. Turnage won the #5 singles bracket, Byrd the #3 singles title. Grace Turnage (above left) hits a backhand, while Benton Byrd hits a forehand during singles competition last week. Turnage won the #5 singles bracket, Byrd the #3 singles title. Reid Binion, playing number four singles, also dropped a total of one game in three singles matches, while Benton and Byrd dropped only two games in three number two doubles matches.

Turner Mitchell won number five singles division.

The girls team clinched the district runner up spot, in large part from sophomore Callie Mitchell.

Playing number two singles, Mitchell needed third set tiebreakers to win her semifinal (10-3 over Washington’s Brooke Gaston) and final (10-8 over Navarre’s Jordan Wallace).

Playing number one doubles with Grace Allen, Mitchell played another three-set tiebreaker in the semifinals (10-5 over Navarre’s Wallace and Sultana Pohlmann), needing three straight breaks in the second set, before losing to Washington’s Abigail Lipnicky and Brooke Gaston.


Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Grace Turnage was Gulf Breeze’s only other female district champion, but needed to win a second set tiebreaker over Pace’s Alyssa Lampitoc to clinch it (7-3). Allen advanced to the finals of number one singles, as did Macey Hicks and Chloe Baer in number two doubles.

A complete list of results of GBHS players can be found on Page 3C.

TENNIS REGIONALS THIS WEEK

The Dolphins hosted Niceville, while the Lady Dolphins, as the district runners up, travelled to Tallahassee to face Chiles in the regional semifinals Tuesday. The regional finals are today. Look for a recap in the April 27 issue.



Macey Hicks hits a backhand during her first round doubles match. Hicks and Chloe Baer finished runners up. 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Macey Hicks hits a backhand during her first round doubles match. Hicks and Chloe Baer finished runners up. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News

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