Boys Tennis Team, SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS and On Their Way To STATE!!!!
After spending the day in Boaz Monday April 15th, the Southside boys tennis team won the AHSAA class 4A/5A section 6 tournament Monday to qualify for the state tournament next week in Mobile.
The Panthers (14-5) won 4 of the 9 spots with a runner up in a 5th to outlast runner up Guntersville by a score of 36-35. Hudson Hooper (#2 singles), Hayden Davis (#3 singles), Colton Dugger/Hopper (#1 doubles), Davis/Ben Deike (#2 doubles) all won their brackets with Deike (#4 singles) earning runner up in his to lead the Panthers to their first sectional championship and first state tournament appearance in recent memory.
“What an incredible experience for these guys!” Said Coach Zack Blume. “I’m so proud of how hard they fought all day for this. Truly a special group of guys that have been working almost nonstop to make this happen. They never quit going all day long. It was a grind for them and they kept rising to the challenge. I can’t even put into words how proud of them I am.”
(From left to right: Coach Zack Blume, Noah Hefner, Ben Deike, Hayden Davis, Dylan Winningham, Colton Dugger, Hudson Hopper, Micah Prickett, Jackson Opdycke, Mason Prickett, Zach Lockridge, Assistant Coach Beth Russell)