Totally Tuff Tennis wins championships


The Gadsden-based Totally Tuff Tennis junior tennis teams recently won area and state championships. (Photo by Special to The Times)


The Gadsden-based Totally Tuff Tennis junior tennis teams recently won area and state championships.

Ages ranging from 8 years old to 18 years old competed in both tournaments. 

The 10-year-old intermediate and 14-year-old intermediate teams both won state championships in Auburn and will represent Alabama in the sectional championship event next month.

The teams won second place in the 18-year-old intermediate and beginners divisions, the 10-year-old beginners division and the 8-year-old beginners and intermediates divisions. The 18-year-old intermediate team also will participate in the sectional championships as a wild card.

The 14-year-old beginners and 12-year-old intermediate teams each took home third place in the state event.

“This is our third year in a row to have teams return as state champions,” coach Mark Dayton said. “I am so proud of all the players, coaches, and parents in our tennis family. 

“For a group this large to go down and win this big at states is unheard of. Everyone played their hearts out from our youngest 4-year-old to our most senior 18-year-old, the support was there for everyone to do this well. All of our training paid off.”

The teams’ rosters included: 8-year-old first-year players Ellie Key, Riley Key, Kalea Townes, Emma Lombardo, Jaydon Stone, Miller McLeod, Riggs McLeod, LaDonna Scott, Kathryn Ann Waller, Morgan Kidd, Karsten Klotz and Madison Klotz; 8-year-old beginners Braxton Strickland, Cameron Sodec, Diego Harris, Jase Leamon, Jewel Allen, Jonas Wilson, Makenzi Arrington, Taylor Oare and Walker Payne; 8-year-old intermediates Anna Beth Hill, Cameron Crow, Grayson Dayton, Isabella Hall, John Creed and Noland Armstrong; 10-year-old first year players Skyler Klotz, Sapphire Allen, Owen Shumate, Wallace Rutledge, Caroline Mitchell, Marissa Warnock and Emari Fletcher; 10-year-old beginners Ellen Sartwell, Lilley Sartwell, Grayson Dayton, Jackson Bryan, Noland Armstrong, Chase Armstrong, Ethan Wilson, Caroline Daniel and Owen Shumate; 10-year-old intermediates Connor Newton, Blakely Valdez, Elizabeth Freeman, Colton Hollingsworth, Tiana Shelton and James Oare; 12-year-old beginners Alyssa Martin, Zachary Beaver, Ellen Sartwell, Lilley Sartwell, Tiana Shelton, Lauren Womack, Connor Newton, Colton Hollingsworth, Donivan Wilson, Campbell Doidge, Kaitlin Turner, Ruth Okorley, Lina Okorley and Austin Hill; 12-year-old intermediates/advanced players Connor Simon, Julia Gallagher, William Tortorice, Maggie Tortorice, Reese Palmer, Prescott Bush and John Stanford; 14-year-old beginners Brendan Tucker, Regan Parkman, Parker Statham, Mason Strickland, Kayla Rutledge, Caroline Hill, Izaiah Jones, Harry Le, Ian Van Winkle and Corbin Paddock; 14-year-old intermediates/advanced players Alana Dayton, Evan Oliver, Aspen Seeds, Laura Lopresti, Chris Mines, Brad Harvey, Anna Lauren Partee, Jake Lovell and Brooke Hollingsworth; 18-year-old beginners Sara Ashley Giambrone, Joel Dunn, Brooke Hollingsworth, Laura Lopresti, Benjamin Beaver, Christian Wirtz, Tamerreo Tatum, Meg Hayslip, Ashlea Womack, Ukki Trumann, Micah Roden, Kate Dodson, Elizabeth Statham and Anne Doidge; and 18-year-old intermediates Cole Camp, Donny Camp, Alana Dayton, Aspen Seeds, Emily Stover, Katie Strickland, Megan Strickland, Rachael Palmer, Steven Harvey, Taylor Harris, Eric Oare and Hunter Franklin.

Helping Dayton out as coaches were Holli McLeod, Jason Leamon, Jeremy Sodec, John Creed, Bret Hill, MJ Dudley, Claire Sartwell, Mike Bryan, Hank Armstrong, Linda Oare, Gerald Henderson, Milton Dudley, Richard Harvey, Greg Dunn, Eric Oare and Russell Palmer.