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


Lady Mocs Hang On To Stun Lady Vols, 67-63

Jim Foster has won more of his share of big games in his 37 years coaching women’s college basketball, first at Vanderbilt and then at Ohio State. He can now say he’s done the same at Chattanooga after his Lady Mocs handed the Tennessee Lady Vols their first loss of the season Wednesday night at McKenzie Arena in front of 4,160 bi-partisan fans. It may have been UTC’s ... (click for more)

Dalton State Beats Tennessee Temple

The Dalton State basketball Roadrunners came out firing Tuesday night on their way to an 80-65 win over Tennessee Temple (2-4) at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center’s Mashburn Arena. The Roadrunners scored the first 11 points of the game on the strength of two shots from outside by Jordan Bowling and one from Preston Earle. Tennessee Temple called a time-out ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 1 Critically Injured In North Chattanooga House Fire

For the second time in three days, a house fire has resulted in tragedy with a 35-year-old woman dying and a man critically injured in North Chattanooga. At 10:13 a.m. on Wednesday, Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire with entrapment at 220 Houser St. The first firefighters on the scene saw flames shooting out windows and part of the roof. Having ... (click for more)

Appeal Dropped In $25 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Hennen's Restaurant By Lisa Barnes

An appeal has been dropped of a Circuit Court jury verdict that found Hennen's Restaurant not at fault in a $25 million lawsuit brought by Lisa Barnes. Circuit Court officials said the appeal was "voluntarily" dropped. It had been set to be reviewed by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The verdict in the courtroom of Judge Neil Thomas in early February came at the end of ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful 2014

Over 40 years ago I was a young sports writer when I came up with the notion of setting daily things aside, just for one day, and writing about why “I Am Thankful.” Every Thanksgiving I come up with my list and it is as much about me as it is about my gratitude for all things great and small. I can’t imagine approaching this day in any other way. Here we go … I AM THANKFUL for ... (click for more)