Parkview Baptist had come close to winning the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Division III boys tennis title the last three years. Each time, the Eagles finished just one point shy of the title.
PBS turned that around by edging E.D. White Catholic by a point to win the title on Friday in Monroe on Friday.
“I’m extremely proud of how we played,” Parkview coach Ray Anders said. “Chris (Anders) has been playing at a higher level this year. At the end there wasn’t as much pressure because we had the lead.”
In Division IV girls action, Dunham finished as runner-up as Baton Rouge competitors swept the girls singles and doubles titles. It was Dunham’s first runner-up finish since 2010. Newman won the girls title.
Chris Anders defeated St. Thomas Aquinas’ Silvio Costa Monoc 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in the boys singles final. The Eagles also scored well in doubles with Colin Anders and Michael Bayles placing second. Evangel Christian’s Derrick Deutsch and John Sikora beat the PBS duo 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
Ascension Christian’s Kennon Johnson claimed the Division IV singles title for the second straight season, beating Calvary Baptist’s AnnaMarie Kimball 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
Dunham’s doubles duo of Abby Johnson and Katherine Donofrio won their final 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“I honestly didn’t know we had a chance until near the end,” Dunham coach Chad Myers said.
“I thought it would be St. Frederick. It’s a great accomplishment.”
Zachary girls basketball player Mariah Wright signed with UNO last week. Wright averaged 17.9 points and five rebounds per game for the Broncos.
Meanwhile, St. Amant multi-sport athlete Toni Rodriguez has committed to play volleyball at LSU. A commitment party is planned for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school library.
Rodriguez suffered a torn ACL in SAHS’ first volleyball match last fall. She has returned to compete in track and is one of the state’s top javelin specialists.