Newman girls win state tennis title, Lusher’s Smith siblings capture fourth individual crowns

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It was a good day for New Orleans area schools and players Wednesday on the hardcourts of UL-Monroe.

Newman captured the girls Division III state team title at the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA championships in at Heard Stadium.

The Greenies totaled 16.5 points with University High coming in second with 10.5 points. Lusher Charter was third with 5.5 points.

Leading the way for Newman was the doubles team of Brooke Nguyen and Kenndi Carter, who won the state championship. Micah Pierce of Newman was the singles runner-up with Lusher’s Gavriella Smith defeating her for the title. It is the first team state title for Newman since 1983.

Episcopal captured the Division III boys state tennis championship at Monroe with 13.5 points with University High finishing second with 9.5 points.

Lusher Charter came up big, finishing third at 7.5 points. The Lions were led by Zachary Smith, the brother of Gavriella, who captured the state singles title by defeating Nelson Stafford of University High in the final. Zachary and Gavriella each capped off their amazing careers with four individual state titles for the Lions.

In Division IV, Dunham captured the boys team title with 11.5 points. Evangel Christian was second with 8.5 points and Ascension Christian was third with 5.5 points. Pope John Paul II was the top local finisher, coming in fifth with four points. Bryce Walker was the singles champion while the doubles team of Christian Thames and Cameron Lenard of Evangel Christian also won a state title.

Ascension Episcopal won the girls Division IV state championship with 13 points. Christ Episcopal was second with 6.5 points and Pope John Paul II was third with four points. Alyse Cormier of Ascension Episcopal won the singles title while the team of Sophia Boatright and Emmie Gage captured the doubles title.

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