DecoTurf HS Tennis Team Championship Comes to Chattanooga

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

The rich tradition of Chattanooga tennis just got richer.

The prestigious DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships moves to Chattanooga for March 2015 after an eight-year run in Louisville, Ky.

Presented by Icy Hot, the DecoTurf girls tournament is March 20-21, while the boys championship is March 27-28.

“We had a good run of holding the championship in Louisville for eight years, but having the tournament at the tennis courts at the Champions Club and Baylor School in Chattanooga takes this event to another level,” said DecoTurf director Brandon Feusner.

“What Chattanooga brings to the table is a vibrant, mid-sized city with excellent Southern hospitality, high quality tennis facilities, tradition of hosting local, regional and national tournaments and a knowledgeable, hard-working tennis community.”

The championship showcases 56 boys and girls prep tennis teams from nine states, including Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri.

The boys have 16 teams in each of two divisions (A & B), including the A defending champion Hinsdale Central (Chicago) and the girls have 16 teams in A and eight in B.

 Several state champs have secured a spot for 2015 inckuding Baylor School girls (who won the DecoTurf girls A 2011-12-13), Hinsdale Central and three champs from Georgia - Walton (6A), Stones Mills (5A) and Blessed Trinity (3A).

“I have never been as excited about this tournament as I am for next year,” said Feusner.

 Chattanooga Coaches Quotes

“We have enjoyed playing in the DecoTurf tournament in Louisville three of the past four years. The competition is fantastic with teams arriving from all over the country. It is so exciting it will now be in Chattanooga.”

 Sue Bartlett, GPS

“I am very excited this prestigious tournament has found its way to Chattanooga. Teams from all over the eastern and mid-west part of the nation will be here to play. With the nice tennis facilities and an amazing, vibrant downtown, I believe the players will love coming here to play.”

Eric Voges, McCallie

Chattanooga Tennis History: The Scenic City hosts the TVOC, one of the South's finest adult tournaments, each June, was the site for the national high school championship twice in the late 1960s and the national 12s and 14s for more than a decade (1961-early 1970s) ... plus a handful of age division world champions and numerous All-Americans.

 

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


Ironman World Champion Wins At Chattanooga

Marino Vanhoenacker, holder of the world record Ironman time, eclipsed the field of over 2,400 athletes on a "brutally hot" day in Chattanooga on Sunday. The 40-year-old Belgian who has won 15 Ironman titles was far ahead of the rest of the pack at the finish line on Riverfront Parkway at Ross's Landing. He was over seven minutes ahead of the field and at times had even a bigger ... (click for more)

Woodbury, Tn., Man Charged With Murdering His Brother

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Cannon County man for the murder of his brother.                                 ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanks A Lot For Nothing

Somebody should have gotten an award last Tuesday when a 90-minute “education summit” involving our school leaders, politicians and media produced absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zero. Oh, there are a number of candidates we could give an award for “nothing,” both in our school district and on its fringes. Yet to find Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen brought her high-and-mighty ... (click for more)