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Class 5A Region 3 Tennis Championships
April 23, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Allstate Sugar Bowl TennisFor the sixth consecutive year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will sponsor the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A Region III Tennis Tournaments (April 22-23, 2014). This year’s tournaments will be held at City Park Tennis Center (5900 Marconi Dr.). The event crowns the top boys and girls tennis teams and individuals from the Bayou region of Louisiana and the South-shore Metro New Orleans area.
In 2013, Jesuit High School captured its fifth straight boys’ title. However, the girls’ tournament saw Dominican take the championship, stopping a four-year run of success by Mount Carmel Academy. Dominican and Mount Carmel shared the title in 2012.
Hobie Hotard, from Jesuit, captured his fourth straight boys’ singles regional tennis title by cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win over teammate Jonathan Niehaus. Hotard had topped Brother Martin’s Dominic Ciaccio, 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals. Niehaus had also stopped a Brother Martin foe, beating Ben Barrigan, 6-4, 7-5.
In the boys’ doubles action, Jesuit also came out on top. Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro upended fellow Jesuit pairing Kevin Micken and Gregory Suhor, 6-3, 6-1. It is the second regional championship for the duo, who also won in 2011. Despite losing the regional title last year, they recovered to collect the state championship in doubles.
For the girls, Dominican standout Haley Tucker, the top overall seed, upended Archbishop Chapelle’s Alexis Lifsey, 6-0, 6-1 to earn the singles title. Tucker and Lifsey both knocked off Mount Carmel players in semifinal action. Tucker upended Courtney Matsers, 6-1, 6-1 and Lifsey topped Bonnie Gibbons, 6-1, 6-1.
Dominican also won the doubles title as Rachel Beck and Madison Artigues teamed up for a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Emily Braud and Nikki Neubeck from Mount Carmel. Beck and Artigues had surprised the top-seeded tandem of Ali Morel and Sophie Skipper, also from Mount Carmel, in the semifinals.
2013: Dominican and Jesuit Capture Class 5A Region III Tennis Titles
2012: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Make It Four Straight Regional Tennis Titles, but Dominican Earns Share in Girls Event
2011: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Make It Three Straight With Tennis Titles
2010: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Win Class 5A Region III Tennis Titles
2009: Jesuit Boys Collect LHSAA Class 5A Region III Tennis Title
2009: Mount Carmel Wins Girls’ Title at LHSAA Class 5A Region III Tennis Tournament