June 7, 2014

All-Area Spring Male Team: Coahulla Creek’s Foxx soared above the rest to earn top honor



Will Alderman, Dalton: A very tough schedule didn’t keep the Cats from putting together a winning record — they went 16-6 and advanced to state — and it didn’t keep Alderman from being successful, either. Playing No. 1 doubles most of the time, he compiled a 16-6 record and helped the Cats stand out among area programs. This is his first all-area selection after earning honorable mention the past two seasons.

Shazman Ali, Dalton: The senior’s 15-5 record is impressive by itself, but several of Ali’s victories were crucial matches that made the difference for the Cats on the team scoreboard. Chief among those was his straight sets victory against LaGrange in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament. The Cats fell in the second round to Marist — which went on to win its 13th state title — but Ali helped make sure this year’s team joined the group of Dalton teams whose accolades include a state tournament win. This is his first all-area selection after earning honorable mention last year.

Cody Bourff and Blake Frankenberger, Northwest: The senior duo worked well together, something their 11-4 record makes clear. Their success was instrumental to a strong year on the court for the Bruins, who finished third in Sub-region 7B-4A and fourth in the Region 7-4A tournament as they qualified for state for the first time since 2010. Northwest fell in the opening round of the 4A tournament to Region 5 champion Carrollton, but coach Ryan Richards is hopeful the solid year is a sign of better things to come for the program. This is the first all-area selection for both.

Alex Jarjoura, Coahulla Creek: The Colts enjoyed a breakthrough season, claiming the Region 5-3A title and winning a state tournament match for the first time as they finished 20-1, and the 6-foot-3 senior was a big reason why they were successful. He was undefeated until falling during the second round of state, when Coahulla Creek’s season was ended by eventual state champion St. Pius X. In his 20 victories, Jarjoura, an aggressive player at the net and exciting shot-maker, was pushed to a third set just twice. This is his first all-area selection.

Jacob Johnson, Dalton: A junior who filled the No. 1 singles slot in the final season for coach David Hilley — who called this year’s team his best in his 12 seasons leading the program — Johnson went 15-6, with all of his losses coming to teams among the best in their classification and state. Dalton dominated to win the Sub-region 7B-4A title, then finished second in the Region 7-4A tournament to eventual state runner-up River Ridge, and Johnson led the way as the Cats put together yet another successful season. This is his first all-area selection after earning honorable mention each of the past two seasons.

Honorable mention: Christian Heritage — Phillip McClure (Jr.), Evan Townsend (Jr.); Coahulla Creek — Chase Lynch (Jr.), Jake Mathis (Sr.); Dalton — Nathan Bryant (Sr.), Thomas DeLay (Sr.); North Murray — Hunter Kvistad (Sr.); Northwest — Troy Poe (Sr.).

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