The Cullman Times
Cullman’s boys and girls tennis teams got their seasons off to a running start by picking up a pair of 8-1 team victories over Hazel Green at home on Monday.
Clint Watson lived up to his No. 1 singles status with an easy 10-0 win. Luke Bowden dropped a single game in the No. 6 match; Matt Davis, two at No. 5; Baylor Davis, four at No. 2; and Ryan Hunt, four at No. 4.
Jacob Davis, the Bearcat boys’ No. 3 player, narrowly lost a 10-7 decision, while Jacob Lambert pulled out an 8-3 victory in exhibition play.
The Black and Gold were dominant in doubles play, combining to outscore the Trojans 30-8 in three matches.
Watson and Adams teamed up for a triumph at No. 1, while Jacob Davis and Bowden, as well as Hunt and Matt Davis, did the same at the No. 2 and 3 positions.
With state champion Allison Howell now strutting her stuff at Montevallo, Hannah Cornelius showed she’s ready to take over as Cullman’s girls’ No. 1 with a quick 10-1 victory.
Mary Claire Smith (No. 6) was the only Lady Bearcat to win without giving up a single game.
No. 3 Olivia Sharpton (10-2), No. 4 Bailey Baker (10-6) and No. 5 Makenna Smith (10-5) also beat their respective opponents. McKenzie Bussman came up just short, 10-6, in her No. 2 match, while Kate Hood was victorious 8-2 in an exhibition match.
Just like the boys, the Black and Gold girls made quick work of Hazel Green in doubles.
Cornelius and Bussman cleaned house 10-2 at No. 1, Baker and Sharpton did the same 10-3 at No. 2 and Makenna Smith and Mary Claire Smith followed suit 10-5 at No. 3.
Both Cullman squads will travel to Arab Thursday for their first section matches.
Varsity girls basketball
% Cullman Christian 43, Glen Iris 11: The Lions cruised into the playoffs by closing the regular season with their latest thumper Monday night on the road.
Cullman Christian (20-2, 6-0 in area play) quickly jumped ahead 12-2 by the end of the first quarter and led 20-2 and 32-9 at the other quarter breaks.
Yancey York and Haley White both piled on double-digit performances. York racked up 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist, while White was responsible for 10 points, four assists and two rebounds.
Holly Gray kept up a recent hot streak with seven points, one rebound and one steal.
Other Lion contributors were Christine Aldijaili, four points, two rebounds and two steals; Jordan Canaday, three points, six assists and two rebounds; Louanne Stillwell, two points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist; Olivia Wright, two points, three rebounds and one steal; Eliza Siegenthaler, seven rebounds and three steals; and Callie Bagley, two rebounds.
Cullman Christian will now have over a week to prepare for their next game, which will be Feb. 15 at the Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association State Tournament. The Lions’ first-round opponent will be determined during sub-state play next week.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.