Notre Dame Boys Capture State Tennis Doubles

Friday, May 23, 2014 - by B.B. Branton
Irish State Champs - Notre Dame boys doubles state champs J.R. Davis (left) and Charles Jabaley celebrate with their state championship medals Friday in Murfreesboro at Spring Fling XXI
Irish State Champs - Notre Dame boys doubles state champs J.R. Davis (left) and Charles Jabaley celebrate with their state championship medals Friday in Murfreesboro at Spring Fling XXI
- photo by Coleen Davis

It was the battle of the Catholics. Fish Sticks Friday.  Green Smoke from the Pope's Office.

Anyway one describes it, the Chattanooga Notre Dame doubles team of junior Charles Jabaley and sophomore J.R. Davis can paint the day gold as in state championship gold.

The Irish duo defeated the Knox Catholic brother combo of Jacob Lorino-Stephen Lorino, 6-4, 7-6 (2) for the school's first boys state doubles crown to complement singles gold by John Dorris and Chris Brown.

"We knew they were a talented team and wanted to focus on each point and not look ahead too much in the match," said a happy, yet relieved Jabaley whose deep, cross-court shot landed in on match point.

The play of the Chattanooga duo at times resembled the strategy of great U.S. Open doubles champions - Stan Smith-Bob Lutz, Ken Flach-Robert Seguso and Mike Bryan-Bob Bryan - and guided the winners to a  perfect season at 23-0.Time and again, Davis would hit a deep return of serve followed by a crisp put-away by Jabaley at the net or execute soft hands to win fast-paced exchanges at the net.

Baylor Doubles Title: While Notre Dame won its first boys doubles, Baylor girls captured their sixth as seniors Samantha Caswell-McCall Morgan defeated teammates Maggie Crumbliss-Drew Haskins, 6-1, 6-2. Caswell ends her prep career with seven state medals; four team, two singles and one doubles.

Other Chattanooga players who were state runners-up today were McCallie's Luke Orthner-Carter Eaves (Boys D-II AA doubles), Michelle Fleenor (GPS) in Girls D-II AA singles, and Baylor's Marko Mandic Boys (D-II AA singles).

Jabaley and Davis now have their first gold medal and will work for the next 12 months for a shot at a second one.

"It was a fun match to watch as Charles and J.R. never got rattled even during tight points," said Notre Dame coach Nancy Fox.

 The Notre Dame duo gained a service break to open the first set and never relinquished the lead in a 6-4 verdict.

The second set was back and forth as the Lorino brothers led 6-5 with four set points at 40-0, but the Chattanooga team won the next four points to send the match to a tie-breaker.

"We just focused on the one point in front of us when we were down 40-0 and we were able to get to the tie breaker," Jabaley stated

The victors gained a quick 4-1 lead, then pushed it to 5-2 before Jabaley served out the two final points for a couple of well-deserved gold medals and most likely a champions dinner minus the fish sticks.

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

 

.

 


Randy Smith: Final Thought On College Football

I promise this will be my last column on college football for a while. The season ended a week ago  tonight  when Clemson beat Alabama 34-31 in a rematch of the 2015 classic, won by 'Bama 45-40. The following thoughts are my own and do not reflect the thoughts of anyone else. (Thank goodness) Believe it or not, I am trying to find tickets to the Chick-Fil-A ... (click for more)

Cleveland Tops State Wrestling Poll

Now in its 25th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of  dual meet strength  with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 100%.   STATE POLL:   RANK ... (click for more)

Walker Charged With Sunday Night Murder Of Girlfriend In LaFayette

A 29-year-old Walker County man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, also 29. Sheriff Steve Wilson said David Ryan Walker was charged in the slaying of Candace Ann Hankins. He said she was killed inside a house on Wheeler Road in LaFayette and her body was found in woods behind the house. The sheriff said Walker called relatives to express remorse about the killing. ... (click for more)

Man With Gun Runs From Police At Hamilton Place Mall; Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

A man who was found to be armed with a handgun was chased by police early Saturday afternoon. He pushed shoppers out of the way during the pursuit, which included racing down an escalator.   Erwin J. Rogers, 22, of 6111 Nottingham Dr., is facing multiple charges.    Around 1:50 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Sleep, Kelly’s On Watch

As the most intense week begins in President-elect Donald’s Trump’s ascent to become the most powerful man in the world, it is now strikingly obvious he has surrounded himself with the greatest collection of leaders to ever fill a Presidential cabinet. Each is a proven winner, be it in business, the military, or national affairs. Last week a confirmation hearing were heard for ... (click for more)