Boyd Buc Netters Win Twice

Brainerd Girls, Central Boys Also Triumph

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Two veteran Boyd-Buchanan teams showed why they among the best in the area in A-AA tennis, while Brainerd girls and Central boys also posted wins Tuesday in high school matches at the Brainerd Courts.


Boyd-Buc vs.

CSAS – The defending district champion BBS girls opened the season with a 9-0 win against visiting Arts and Sciences (0-2), while the Buccaneer boys stopped CSAS, 7-2 in District 5 A play.


In No.1 singles matches, Visaal Sivakumar (CSAS) defeated Joe Fairchild, 8-4, while Katie Delay (BBS) stopped Sneha Mahesh, 8-0.


“I am pleased with the way we played and a good start to the season with a district win,” said Boyd-Buchanan coach Mikki Brown.


Next Matches: Thurs. 3-13 … BBS at Signal Mtn … Tues. 3-18 BBS vs. Collegedale (at Brainerd – district match)  


Fri. Mar. 14 – Grace Academy vs. Arts and Sciences at Warner Park


Brainerd vs. Chattanooga Central:

 Brainerd Girls 7, Central 2 … Central Boys 6, Brainerd 3:  It was a good start for the newest program in the district as the Brainerd girls won, 7-2, and the boys, had a good showing in a 6-3 loss in District 6 AA.


Marquee Match: In one of the best matches of the day, Brainerd’s Brittany Canty edged Alex Bonner, 9-7, at No.1 singles.


Bonner trailed 6-2 before winning five of the next six games to pull even at 7-7. Canty then won the final two games for the victory to secure the fifth team point and the team win.


Brainerd also captured the No.1 singles match in boys as Bernard King III defeated Brett Kranske, but Central’s depth came through as the Purple Pounders won at Nos.2-5 in singles, plus at No. 2 doubles.


Two Central Wins: Kylan Harrison was a double winner for Central with wins at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles with Kranske.


“I am pleased with the effort by our Brainerd teams today, pleased with good sportsmanship shown by players from both schools and with Boyd-Buchanan and CSAS also playing here it offered a good high school tennis atmosphere for the fans and players,” said Brainerd coach Alphonso Canty.


 Next Matches:  Thurs. Mar. 13 – East Ridge at Brainerd (district match); Red Bank vs. Central (Lakeside)


Boyd-Buchanan 9, CSAS 0

Katie DeLay (BBS) def. Sneha Mahesh, 8-0

Makenna Thomas (BBS) def. Katie Foster, 8-0

Paige Zombron (BBS) def. Allycia Lee, 8-1

Christina Amos (BBS) def. Shailey Shah, 8-1

Shelby Brown (BBS) def. Kendall Camp, 8-0

Libby Reynolds (BBS) def. Cadence Camp (8-1



DeLay-Thomas (BBS) def. Mahesh-Candence Camp, 8-0

Zombron-Amos (BBS) def. Lauren Emmett-Foster, 8-3

Brown-Reynolds (BBS) def. Kendall Camp-Sterchi, 8-1

Records: BBS (1-0, 1-0), CSAS (0-2 0-1)


Boyd-Buchanan 7, CSAS 2

Visaal Sivakumar (CSAS) def. Joe Fairchild, 8-4

Jake Harden (BBS) def. Chandler Custer, 8-5

Grayson Hartness (BBS) def. Kevin Lee, 8-0

Charlie Driver (BBS) def. Sean Kennon, 8-2

David Zombron (BBS) def. Tristan Greer, 8-0

Luke Hendrix (BB) def. Rupert Gongmon, 8-5



Custer-Sivakumar (CSAS) def. Harden-Hartness, 8-3

Fairchild-Driver (BBS) def. Lee-Congmon, 8-2

David Zombron-Tanner Zombron (BBS) def. Kennon-Greer, 8-4

Records: BBS (1-0, 1-0), CSAS (0-2, 0-1)



Chattanooga Central Boys 6, Brainerd 3


Bernard King III (Br) def. Brett Kranske, 8-2

Riley Hicks (Central) def. Ralph Foster, 8-3

Kylan Harrison (Central) def. Kobeai Ford, 8-1

Phillip Bonnington (Central) def. Timothy Moore, 8-2

Aaron Garrison (Central) def. Cantaus Davis, 8-1

Corey Little (Central ) forfeit win



King-Foster (Br) def. Hicks-Bonnington, 8-5

Kranske-Harrison (Central) def. Ford-Moore, 8-0

Davis-Collins (Br.) def. Little-Garrison, 8-5

Records: Central (1-0, 1-0), Brainerd (0-1, 0-1)


Brainerd Girls 7, Chattanooga Central 2

Brittany Canty (Br) def. Alex Bonner, 9-7

Brianna Canty (Br) def. Emily Lyles, 8-0

Michelle Hoans (Central) def. Kayla Corner, 8-4

Endiga Rice (Central) def. Coreka Reed, 8-4

Dezrael Hutchinson (Br.) def. Alexya Barnes, 8-5

Chyna Parks (Br.) def. Caithryn Clark, 8-6



Brittany Canty-Brianna Canty (Br) def. Lyles-Bonner, 8-1

Corner-Reed (Br) def. Hoang-Barnes, 8-6

Reed-Parks (Br) def. Clark-Rice, 9-7

Records: Brainerd (1-0, 1-0), Central (0-1, 0-1)

contact B.B. Branton at

Dalton State's Simmons And Dungan Named NAIA All-Americans

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 2017-18 Division I Men's Basketball All-America Teams on Thursday. Ryan Imhoff of Carroll (Mont.) was named the 2018 NABC-NAIA National Player of the Year. Imhoff becomes the first Saint to earn this distinction and first in the Frontier Conference since former member Westminster's (Utah) Geoff Payne was tabbed in 2009.  ... (click for more)

Bobcat Golfers Fling Into Spring

Three members of Georgia Northwestern men's golf team participated in the Ron Marshall Spring Fling last week at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Al.  Competing only as individuals, Lane Strickland finished tied for 12th place on the 7,101-yard, par-72 layout. The former Sonoraville High School golfer had rounds of 76, 72 and 74 to finish with a 6-over par score of 222.  ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Chickamauga Lock Construction Fully Funded For 4th Consecutive Year

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said the government funding bill will fully fund construction of Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year, providing up to $78 million – which is more than twice the amount of funding the project received last year.   Senator Alexander said he has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Famed Freitas Speech

Several weeks ago a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (that’s what Virginia calls the state legislature) stood up and before that body responded to a claim by a Democratic lawmaker that Republicans were pro-Second Amendment and segregationists. Nick Freitas, who did two tours in Iraq with our Army’s Special Forces and has talked candidly about losing friends to terrorist ... (click for more)