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Morgan Academy girls win AISA state tennis title; boys finish 2nd

The Morgan Academy girls tennis team won its fourth straight AISA State Championship on Tuesday at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

The Senators’ boys’ tennis team finished second.

Kylie Calame, McCann Perkins, Hannah Lightfoot, Maggie Youngblood, Anna Brech are the Lady Senator players. Calame is a seventh grader. Perkins is a sophomore.

Lightfoot and Youngblood are seniors and played their last match at Morgan Academy.

“I’m so thankful for this sport and this team, Morgan Academy Tennis I will miss you more than you know,” Lightfoot said.

Baxter Stinson, who coaches both tennis teams, said he was thrilled with the Lady Senators’ performance.

“I’m super proud of the girls,” Stinson said. “It was a hard fought championship and they played hard. The other state championships we won easy.”

“For some players, it was their first championship. Others, it was their last championship.”

Kylie Calame and McCann Perkins each won individual state titles in girls’ No. 5 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

The Senators finished second, but Stinson praised their effort throughout the day.

“The boys were in every singles final match,” Stinson said.

Sam Garner, John Beckman Youngblood, Allen Michael Creech, Cobb Beers, Trevor Wilson are the boys’ Senator players.

Allen Michael Creech won a state individual title in No. 4 boys singles.

This is also Stinson’s 10th AISA state championship at Morgan Academy.

The teams did not play for the AISA State Championship last year because the AISA cancelled spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.