Incarnate Word star ties love of tennis to England

Incarnate Word Academy's top tennis player — among the elite high school players in the state — may not have taken up the sport if her family hadn't moved briefly to England.

Maria Brandt's desire early on was to play soccer, but that sport wasn't popular for girls in the English town where she lived while her dad worked there. It was considered by many there "not proper" for girls, she said. She passed tennis courts every day on her way to school, so she tried it.

"I instantly got hooked on it. I loved it," Brandt said. "It was always tennis after that."

Patience pays dividends for doubles team from Priory

Now that they've won a state championship in doubles, several nicknames apply — Dynamic Duo, Double Trouble, Twin Tormenters, Terrific Twosome.

Call them what you want, St. Louis Priory School's Victor Djavaherian and Patrick Milburn are splendid on the tennis court, picking up the Class 1 state title in doubles with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Nathan Turtledove and Garrett Kincaid of Pembroke Hill. The seniors also helped Priory's team finish second in Class 1, edged out by Pembroke Hill 5-2.

St. Joseph's golf, tennis seasons bring smiles

Ellie Burger competed on the final day of the state tennis championships Oct. 17 in Springfield. Burger, a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy, finished second in the tennis singles competition.

The smiles tell a lot about the recently completed golf and tennis seasons at St. Joseph's Academy.

The joy wasn't necessarily about the teams' success in the state tournaments -- a second-place finish in golf and a third-place title in tennis, along with individual achievements.

Ellie Burger, a junior who came in second in tennis singles competition, said her teammates made the season so enjoyable. "Everyone clicked right off the bat," Burger said. "We had a lot of team chemistry."

Character is the key for Ursuline athletes' success

Ursuline Academy tennis player Sarah Dreyer returned a shot in a match against Mehville High School during the Webster Groves Invitational Tournament, a section of which was played at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton.

When they step on the court, members of Ursuline Academy's tennis team are dedicated to toughness, selflessness and being a good person -- traits that translate off the court as well.

The focus for the school's athletic teams is on character, though winning often is a consequence of the way players act. For the tennis team, things are clicking along, as shown by the way they conduct themselves and with an 8-1 start partway through the Webster Groves High School tournament. It's their best start to a season in at least 17 years.

St. Mary's tennis team aces games, life lessons

St. Mary’s High School senior Eric Clancy enjoys the relaxed approach of tennis. “It’s laid back. I don’t get mad at myself — I stay calm, and it’s more fun,” he said. Clancy and doubles partner Isaac Julius helped lead the team to a district title and also advanced to the state tournament.

St. Mary's High School seniors Isaac Julius and Eric Clancy have helped lead their school's tennis team to its first district title.

The players also advanced to the state tournament in doubles, defeating Hayden Dix and Cameron Tucker of St. Pius X High School in Festus 6-4, 6-0. They then played May 19 and came up short against Dexter, losing 3-6, 6-4 and 3-6. The team was set to play in sectionals May 23 in Dexter, against Dexter after winning in districts 5-0 vs. St. Pius and 5-3 vs. Windsor.

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