only yesterday they were energetic Baylor eighth graders with loads of tennis
these prep tennis veterans are two months from the end of their high school
careers and have definitely lived up to their potential.
foursome – Samantha and Harper Caswell, Maggie Crumbliss and McCall Morgan –
have led the Baylor girls tennis team to nine major championships – three each
of Chattanooga Rotary, TSSAA state and DecoTurf - with two more in sight, one
of which is this weekend’s 58th annual Chattanooga Rotary tourney.
players point to their close friendship as a key to their success.
key to our success for five years is that we are best friends,” said defending
Rotary No.1 and state singles champion Samantha Caswell who has signed tennis
scholarship papers with UTC.
really close,” stated her twin sister Harper who has earned a guaranteed
preferred walk-on spot at Furman for next year.
noted that “when we were eighth graders we were just excited to get to the
state tournament (runner-up in 2010 to GPS), but after that we set our sights
on winning it all.
been the team leaders since the ninth grade and each year we let the younger
players know what we expect as far as our team goals.”
Red Raiders have just about done that winning three of four state finals, three
of four DecoTurf finals and three of four Rotary events.
this era of Baylor tennis to other schools from previous years is difficult,
but the Baylor girls definitely have left their mark on the Rotary and state
tournaments and have earned the right to have their names alongside the
great teams from Marist, GPS, Oak Ridge, St. Mary's and Vestavia Hills as well as past
our strong conditioning and talented players from one to 13 are huge keys to
this team’s success,” said Baylor girls coach Dustin Kane.
winning the state as ninth graders we knew we wanted to make it four straight,”
fourth title this weekend and another at Spring Fling in late May and their
goals of a 4-Peat will have been achieved.
2014 Rotary Schedule
Friday: First Singles Matches Start at 8:30 a.m. - The Boys and Girls A Division will be at Baylor, while the Girls B will be at GPS and Boys B at McCallie.
Team and Individual titles should be determined by late Saturday afternoon.
Chattanooga teams: GPS, McCallie, Baylor (boys and girls), Hixson (boys), Chattanooga Christian (girls), Signal Mountain (boys and girls).
Rotary Top Seeds
A: Defending champion St. Xavier has
four of the six top singles seeds … No.1 (Brandon Lancaster), No.3 (Nick
Waldeck), No.5 (Coleman Cox) and N.6 (Nick Quinones) … The Tigers also hold the
top spot in all three doubles flights.
has top seeds in Turner Voges (No.2) and Luke Orthner (No.4).
A: Three-time defending champion
Baylor has three top seeds … No.1 (Samantha Caswell), No.4 (Morgan McCall) and
No.5 (Drew Haskins).
has the top seed in the No.2 flight (Mary Jane McCaghren), while Emma Alsup of
Harpeth Hall leads the No.3 flight and McKenna Garneau of McCracken (Ky.) is on
the top line in the No.6 flight.
doubles, Baylor is on the top line at Nos.1 & 3 while GPS had the top seed
A Division Championships
Boys - Baylor (30), McCallie
(16), Westminster (5), MBA (4), Greenville, S.C., (3), St. Xavier (Ky., 3),
Meridian (Miss., 1), McGill (Ala., 1), Belton (S.C., 1), Mountain Brook (Ala.,
1), Christ Church Episcopal (S.C., 1) … totals include the high school division
winners, 1957-1972 and years with co-winners.
Titles: 10 – Baylor (1980-1989) … 9 - Baylor (1966-74) ... 3 - Westminster
(1959-60-61), McCallie (1963-64-65; 1975-76-77), Baylor (1991-92-93)
Girls - GPS (13), Baylor
(10), Marist (8), Harpeth Hall (5) Westminster (3), Mountain Brook (Ala., 2),
Webb (2), Vestavia Hills (2), Greenville (S.C., 1), Lone Oak (Ky., 1)
Most Singles Titles: Boys (6) – Zan Guerry
Girls (3) - Shannon McCarthy (Marist, 1985,
1987-88), Audra Brannon (Hixson, 1988-89-90 - in “B'' Division)
Originally tabbed as the Chattanooga Rotary and the Southern Interscholastic
Tennis Championship … it was later called the Southern Prep Rotary Tournament
... the Chattanooga Rotary has sponsored the event from the start … the late
Alex Guerry was the first tournament director followed by, among others, Tommy
Bartlett, Joe King, John Guerry, Wig Robinson, Cindy Kemp Battle, Bob Lyons,
Lee Murray and now Jack Webb and Ward Nelson.
Year: In 1957, the first tournament had a prep school division and a high
school division, won by McCallie and Meridian (Miss.), respectively … 15 teams
from six Southern states – Tenn., Ga., Miss., Ala., La. And Ky.
Champs: In the prep division, McCallie's Hugh O. Maclellan won the No.1 singles
title and teamed with Charlie Moore for the doubles crown ... Ernest Cox
(McGill H.S. in Mobile, Ala.) won the high school singles title, while Meridian's
Johnny McQuann and Philip George were the best in doubles.
Three Generations of Maclellans: Hugh won the first title in 1957 ... daughter, Elizabeth Maclellan,was runner-up at No.2 singles in 2001 for Chattanooga Christian ... Hugh's granddaughter, Hannah Maclellan, is in this year's tournament and playing No.1 singles for Harpeth Hall. She won the consolation finals at No.2 singles in 2013.
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