Varsity Tennis is Back at Brainerd HS

Monday, February 3, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

“Bringing back varsity tennis here at Brainerd is part of our master plan in athletics to help expose our students to the country club sports. We fielded a boys’ golf team in the fall, now tennis this spring and hopefully swimming and lacrosse next year.”

-- Brainerd HS principal Uras Agee

 

For Brainerd High School tennis coach Alphonso Canty, he has his credentials – he is a certified teaching pro from Van Der Meer Tennis Academy – plenty of courts and teenage students ready to be part of Panther Tennis.

The team’s first practice is next Monday and the Panthers host Chattanooga Central in the season opener on March 11.

“I plan to have 10 players on each team and we will work hard to be competitive in our district,” said Canty who is in charge of a Brainerd sport that has sat dormant since the late 1990s.

The Panthers will compete in A-AA Region 3 District 6 against defending champion Hixson (boys and girls), Chattanooga Central, Van Buren, Lookout Valley, East Ridge and Red Bank.

Two of the players who will give leadership to the newest program on campus are coach Canty’s daughters, Brianna and Brittney.

Introduced to the sport at age 2 and competing in their first tournament at age 11, the 15-year-old twins each lost in the first round in that first tournament and eventually met in the consolation finals with Brianna winning.

The victories have continued as the sisters are tennis veterans of ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Assoc.) where they helped teams to league championships in the 12s and 14s before enrolling at Brainerd in January.

“We are excited about the upcoming tennis season and hopefully we can have a competitive spring,” said Brianna who along with her sister are slated to play at No.1 and 2 singles and No.1 doubles.

Brainerd Tennis Home Schedule – Boys and Girls

March 11 – Chattanooga Central, 3 p.m.  (season opener)

March 13 – East Ridge, 3 p.m.

March 20 – Lookout Valley, 3 p.m.

April 3 – Hixson, 3:30 p.m.

April 8 - East Ridge, 3 p.m.

Coach Alphonso Canty

High School - Turner HS (Ga.) '66  lettered in football, baseball

College - Carson Newman '74 - football

 “We are excited to once again field boys and girls varsity tennis teams. It’s crazy to have tennis courts adjacent to the school and no team. Adding another country club sport is win-win for everyone on campus.”

 -- Brainerd Principal Uras Agee

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


PHOTOS: East Hamilton Girls, CCS Boys Post MLK Wins

UTC Women Host Two SoCon Hoops Games

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team will host Western Carolina and UNCG this week in Southern Conference action. The Mocs have won 11 consecutive SoCon regular season games and 44 straight home court matchups against the league.   Chattanooga is 9-8 overall and leads the league with a 3-0 mark with wins over Samford, Mercer and ETSU. The Mocs ... (click for more)

Walker Charged With Sunday Night Murder Of Girlfriend In LaFayette

A 29-year-old Walker County man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, also 29. Sheriff Steve Wilson said David Ryan Walker was charged in the slaying of Candace Ann Hankins. He said she was killed inside a house on Wheeler Road in LaFayette and her body was found in woods behind the house. The sheriff said Walker called relatives to express remorse about the killing. ... (click for more)

Man With Gun Runs From Police At Hamilton Place Mall; Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

A man who was found to be armed with a handgun was chased by police early Saturday afternoon. He pushed shoppers out of the way during the pursuit, which included racing down an escalator.   Erwin J. Rogers, 22, of 6111 Nottingham Dr., is facing multiple charges.    Around 1:50 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Else $3 Can Mean

Orchard Knob Middle School, located on North Highland Park Avenue in Chattanooga, led every other secondary school in the state of Tennessee last year with 6.8 percent of its students expelled. So as people are working feverishly to keep the school from being taken over by the state’s Department of Education, allow me to pose a question. Last Friday during the last period of ... (click for more)