• 77°

Bell, Maxwell take home tennis trophies

TWO BHS TENNIS TEAM ALUMNI, Malori Maxwell and Xavier Bell, who both graduated this past May, won the 18-year-old girls’ and boys’ singles competition at the Bainbridge Summer Junior Satellite tournament held this past Saturday and Sunday at the Bainbridge Tennis Center.

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.