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YTF Blue Angel Southern Invitational Tennis Tournament
Starr's Mill High School (GA) and Vestavia Hills high School (AL) Won the 2016 Tournament
The 4th Annual Blue Angel Southern Invitational High School Team tennis tournament
was held March 4 and 5, 2016 in Pensacola at the Roger Scott Tennis Center, Bayview
Park Tennis Courts and newly resurfaced Washington High School courts.
The Boy's event was won by Starr's Mill High School over Brookwood High (GA).
Boys Winner Starr's Mill
Boys Runner-Up Brookwood
The Girl's event was won by Vestavia over Blessed Trinity (GA).
Girls Winner Vestavia
Girls Runner-Up Blessed Trinity
Team Sportsmanship awards, which were decided by a vote of the coaches, were presented to
Winter Park for the Girls and Blessed Trinity for the Boys.
Girls Sportsmanship Award Winter Park
Boys Sportsmanship Award Blessed Trinity
Players and coaches received commemorative long sleeve t-shirts and pizza both days for their teams
at lunch. Again for the second consecutive year, the weather was absolutely beautiful.
This year's teams included hosts Pensacola Catholic and Pensacola Washington and eleven others as
follows: 1) Baton Rouge Catholic (LA), 2) Blessed Trinity High School (Roswell, GA), 3) The Bolles
School (Jacksonville, FL), 4) Brookwood High School (Snellville, GA), 5) Chiles High School
(Tallahassee, FL), 6) Leon High School (Tallahassee, FL), 7) Oxford High School (MS), 8) St.
Mary's Dominican School (New Orleans, LA), 9) Starr's Mill High School (Fayettevile, GA), 10)
Vestavia Hills High School (Vestavia, AL) 11) Winter Park High School (FL).
On March 7 and 8, 2014, the 2nd Annual Blue Angel Southern Invitational High School Team Tennis Tournament was held at
Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, Florida. The sophomore year of this event was another tremendous success. Geoff
Watts (Catholic High coach) and Michael Edge (Washington High coach), both schools in Pensacola, were the organizers
while Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida (YTF) board member, Scott Harrison, was the referee.
Michael Edge (Washington High Coach), Geoff Watts (Catholic High Coach) are presented a
$500 check from YTF Board Member Scott Harrison.
The organizers originally
slated 10 girls and boys teams but had only 9 teams after Tuscaloosa Academy dropped out. In addition to Catholic and
Washington, the teams included Ocean Springs, MS (boys and girls), Oxford, Ms (boys and girls), Vestavia Hills,
Birmingham, AL (boys and girls), Brookwood Academy of Snellville, GA (boys and girls), Tallahassee Leon (boys and girls),
Jacksonville Bolles (boys and girls) and Spruce Creek, FL (boys and girls).
The format was a round robin (4 matches for each team) for both boys and girls. The teams were split into two round robins,
then the top 2, 2nd two, 3rd two and 4th two played off. The Brookwood Boys defeated Pensacola Catholic 5-4 for the title.
The Spruce Creek Girls defeated Vestavia Hills 6-3 to win the Girls division.
First Place Brookwood Boys
Second Place Catholic Boys, Coach Watts far right
First Place Spruce Creek Girls
Second Place Vestavia Hills Girls
The organizers also had a team Sportsmanship Award that went to the Oxford Boys. The players received Subway for lunch on Friday,
a cookout with burgers and dogs on Friday night and pizza for lunch on Saturday. All the players got dri-fit shirts with the cool
Blue Angel Southern Team Tennis Championships logo on them. The coaches got a nice Prince bag with the logo on it. Organizers
provided each team with a team tent, water and gatorade.
Sportsmanship Awarded to Oxford Boys
All the coaches were very pleased to play four quality matches in two days. The weather was perfect which really helped. YTF donated
$500 for this tournament. The quality of tennis was very high for all the teams this year. The match format was 6 singles and three
doubles. Singles matches were 2 out 3 sets, regular scoring with a 10 pt 3rd set Tiebreaker. Doubles were 8 game pro sets.
The event will be limited to 8 boys and girls teams in 2015 due to the number of courts available for the event. Matches were played
at both Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola and the University of West Florida.
Organizers thanked the Youth Tennis Foundation for their generous sponsorship of the tournament: