MoBay High end Immaculate's reign
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Montego Bay High School, led by a brilliant performance by their star player, Shaeda Nickle, broke the seven-year winning streak by girls tennis powerhouse Immaculate Conception High School 4-3, in the girls Under 19 section of the Mayberry Investment High School Tennis Championships, which ended at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre last Sunday.
In the boys Under 19, Hillel defeated Wolmer's in a nail-biting finish 4-3, and then made it a double when they defeated Campion 3-2 in the boys Under 15 competition. In the girls Under 15 tie, Campion defeated Immaculate Conception 3-0.
The tournament, which was sponsored by Mayberry Investments Limited ran for four days - from Thursday October 30 with 250 boys and girls from high schools from all over Jamaica participating.
highlight of the tournament
From the start of the competition, it was obvious that the expected clash between Montego Bay High and Immaculate would be the highlight of the tournament, because of what occurred last year, when Immaculate edged Montego Bay for the title, in a tense finish. This is exactly what happened. Both schools breezed through the preliminary rounds and set up the final that everyone wanted to see.
The very poised Montego Bay High team, led by a stellar performance from Nickle, who was the outstanding female player, stormed into a 3-0 lead, and then clinched the tie 4-1 before losing two more when it did not matter. Nickle was named the Most Valuable Female Under 19 player. In the girls Under 15, Campion, spearheaded by Selena Blythe, coasted to a 3-0 victory over Immaculate. Blythe was named the Most Valuable Player in this group.
Despite the efforts of promising Kyle Martin, Wolmer's faltered, and lost to Hillel in the hard-fought Under 19 finals. This series went down to the final doubles encounter, which Hillel won comfortably, to take the title. Martin was named the Most Valuable Player in the boys Under 19. Nicholas Gore gave an excellent performance to anchor Hillel to the top spot in the boys Under 15 competition, in a close encounter with Campion. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the boys Under 15 division.
Stephanie Franz from Immaculate, was given the special award from the sponsors for being the player who showed best discipline and sportsmanship during the competition.