Bell, Maxwell take home tennis trophies
Two recently graduated Bainbridge High School tennis players captured championships at the Bainbridge Summer Junior Satellite tournament, which was held June 25-26 at the Bainbridge Tennis Center.
Xavier Bell, a multi-year letterman on the BHS tennis team who graduated this past May, won the 18-year-old boys singles competition.
The No. 1-seed Bell defeated No. 2-seed Nasser Rizvi of Albany, Ga., 6-3, 6-2 in the final match. Bell defeated Adil Waleed 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals.
In the 18-year-old girls singles competition, which was played in round-robin format, 2011 BHS alumnus Malori Maxwell won all three of her matches to win the champion’s trophy. Maxwell edged Maria Parker 7-5, 7-6; beat Sarah Ward 6-2, 6-4; and defeated Clara McClure 6-0, 6-0.
She played on the BHS girls’ tennis team for four years, including on the 2010 team, who were the Georgia Class AAAA runners-up.
Other first-place finishers in the tournament’s boys’ singles competitions were Jonathon Martin of Thomasville, Ga., in 16-year-old play; Cole Dawkins of Tallahassee, Fla., in 14-year-old play; Joseph Tanjuatco of Smyrna, Ga., in 12-year-old play; and Drew Parker of Thomasville, in 10-year-old play.
Other first-place finishers in the tournament’s girls’ singles competitions were Elizabeth Houston of Tallahassee, in 14-year-old play; Daniela Schneider of Tallahassee, in 12-year-old play; and Kira Stacey of Bainbridge, in 10-year-old play.