Brumit takes 10's title at Ridges Open

By Matt Hill

   JONESBOROUGH-- Great at eight.
   That describes the tennis play of eight-year-old Jessica Brumit. The Elizabethton resident won the girls 10's title at the Chick-Fil-A Ridges Junior Open Sunday in impressive fashion.
   Brumit easily defeated Jocelyn Cooper 6-1, 6-1 to clinch the title at the Ridges Golf and Country Club.
   "I felt proud of myself," Brumit said.
   Brumit is one of the top younger players around, and she is very pleased with her state ranking.
   "I'm (ranked) 12th in the state," Brumit said.
   Brumit said yes when asked if she could eventually win a state championship, but she already knows she will have to work hard.
   "It's going to take a whole lot of practice," Brumit said.
   While Brumit looks to be on her way to stardom, another young player from Elizabethton was very impressive in a consolation final on Sunday afternoon.
   Elizabethton High School rising sophomore Amanda Pike bounced back from a loss on Friday to defeat Volunteer High School's Jennifer Jones 6-1, 6-1 in the consolation final of the girls 16's.
   Pike was defeated by Janna Evans on Friday, so she was glad to be on the rebound.
   "I'm glad I won," Pike said. "Friday, I played horrible. I do not know what happened to me. Seriously, I think I should have won Friday. I should have beaten her."
   Pike needed a day off after the loss, and by the luck of the draw she received it.
   "I was definitely glad about having a day off," Pike said. "It gave me a little time to think about what I should be doing."
   The girls 16's championship went to Science Hill standout Tara Byrne, a 6-0, 6-3 victor over 'Topper teammate Brooke Frankowski.
   Byrne and Frankowski had to meet each other in the Tennessee State qualifier during the second round just a couple of weeks ago.
   Byrne thinks it's tough to play a teammate in competitive action.
   "That's kind of irritating," Byrne said. "We're really good friends, but you've just got to play. It was hard traveling down there a long ways to end up playing a teammate. It just happens sometimes, and you've just got to play.
   Girls 14's championship action saw Sarah Shrotridge defeat top-seeded Caroline Crowe 6-2, 6-1, while Catherine Crowe finished up the champion in the girls 12 round-robin action.
   Headlining the boys action was the 18's final between Matt Stanley of Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill's Tom Jones.
   Jones played through back pain to win 6-4, 6-3.
   "I was glad I did so well," Jones said. "I think my serve was pretty good today."
   Jones is playing in the Southern Open later this week, so he hopes the back will be just fine for that big tournament.
   "We'll see what happens," Jones said. "I'm going to do some stretching and icing and all that. But hopefully by Saturday, I'll be ready."
   Kingsport's Josh Davis showed in the boys 14's final that he is going to be a tough kid to beat over the next few years.
   Davis defeated Johnson City's Brad Chase 6-2, 7-5 in the championship match.
   Davis will be a freshman at Dobyns-Bennett next season, and he is looking forward to the challenge of facing tough players like the ones that play for state champion Science Hill.
   "It will be a real good challenge, but we should win it," Davis said.
   Dobyns-Bennett's Preston Snead defeated Nat Powers 6-2, 6-1 to win the Boys 16's title in convincing fashion.
   Other results included Adam Henderson's 6-1, 6-0 win over Grae Viers in the Boys 12's championship, and Robert Fletcher's 6-4, 6-4 triumph against Clark Bailey in the Boys 10's final.