Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis
The second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Tournament was played from Saturday to Monday, November 11-13, 2017 at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center (5900 Marconi Dr.), considered to be the finest tennis facility in the state. Sugar Bowl junior tennis returned in 2016 after a hiatus of nearly two decades. The event, sanctioned by the United State Tennis Association, draws top players, 12 to 18 years old, from around the nine states of the Southern Section. New Orleans City Park will run the tournament with the support of the Louisiana Tennis Association.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Tournament featured both singles and doubles draws (for boys and girls) with 32 competitors in each bracket for nearly 1,500 competitors taking part in the elite-level tournament. The nine-state Southern region is the largest of the USTA’s 17 sections, said Louisiana Tennis Association Director Robert Worley. The top 56 boys and girls players in the section may apply to play in the Sugar Bowl tournament, though the draws in each grouping were limited to the top 32-ranked applicants to ensure the highest quality competition possible throughout the brackets.
Boys Singles Champions
18: Nicholas Watson (Baton Rouge)
16: Parrish Simmons (Huntsville, Ala.)
14: Ian Rasheed (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.)
12: Jacob Smith (Daniel Island, S.C.)
Girls Singles Champions
18: Carly Briggs (Calhoun, Ga.)
16: Katie Weber (Charlotte, N.C.)
14: Jo-Yee Chan (Sugar Hill, Ga.)
12: Riley Crowder
Boys Doubles Champions
18: Wesley Barnett/Nicholas Watson
16: Hayden Shoemake/Jake Sweeney
14: Charlie Piegza/Gordon Whitwell
12: Shay Gupta/Jacob Smith
Girls Doubles Champions
18: Maggie Cubitt/Anna Ross
16: Katie Andreini/Lara Schneider
14: Christina Danford/Mattie Grace Dermody
12: Sophia Manuel/Melanie Woodbury
The Sugar Bowl sponsored a junior tennis tournament from 1948-1993. It evolved into a collegiate and international tourney from 1993 to 2001.
LHSAA Class 5A Region III Tennis Tournament
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has also sponsored the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A Region III Tennis Tournament for the past nine years at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center. 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. Each quarterfinalist in singles and doubles qualifies for the LHSAA State Championships.
Jesuit High School earned its ninth straight boys’ championship in the 2017 regional championships held on April 19-20. On the girls’ side, Dominican collected its fifth straight championship in the event.
The boys’ championship came down to a tiebreaker as Jesuit and Brother Martin tied with 16 overall points. The Blue Jays were awarded the regional team championship by virtue of the second tiebreaker I the LHSAA bylaws – the Blue Jays advanced four teams to semifinal action while Brother Martin had three.
The clincher for Jesuit was in doubles as Jack Steib and Trey Hamlin topped Brother Martin’s Ben Chanes and Zachary Brubaker. The Blue Jay tandem had defeated another Crusader duo, Corey Canzoneri and Christopher Russo, in the semifinals.
Brother Martin’s Ethan Bosch was the boys’ singles champion.
While Dominican held on to win the girls’ bracket, it was once again Mount Carmel making the biggest challenge – the Cubs settled for second place for the fifth straight year. Mount Carmel junior Taylor Garcia won her third straight regional title. She defeated Dominican’s Jillian Sandoz.
In girls’ doubles, Gabby Terranova and Morgan Forshag from Dominican earned the championship.
- 2017: Dynasties Continue at Class 5A Region III Tennis Championships
- 2016: Jesuit and Dominican Continue Regional Tennis Dominance
- 2015: Familiar Faces Repeat as Champs at the Regional Tennis Tournament
- 2014: Dominican and Jesuit Repeat as Class 5A Regional III Tennis Champs
- 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