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

Notre Dame Wins 75-49 Over Patriots

The Notre Dame boys basketball team powered past the Chattanooga Patriots 75-49 Tuesday night led by Tyler Bird's 23 points. Notre Dame led 22-8 after the first quarter and 46-21 at the half.   Notre Dame hit two of four free throws and the Patriots were 10 of 14.  Notre Dame improves to 1-2 on the season.   Notre Dame 75 Chattanooga Patriots 49 Scores ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Red Bank Girls Win Over Soddy-Daisy

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on scene.   No suspect information is available at ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

A Thankful List

David Jeremiah said it best, that we have a tendency to concentrate on the things we don’t have rather than what God has already blessed us with.  Perhaps, he said, it is because there is not enough parchment available in this world to record all God’s bountiful blessings should we try to list them. This Thanksgiving let us gather our family close to us, whisper a prayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)