Briarwood girls win tennis tournament

From left to right: Callie Ware, Katelyn Bussey, Kateleigh Calloway, Ashley Ochsenhirt, Keeton Cross, Judd Tarrence, Aston Henderson and Frannie Ware. All competed in the Hillcrest Tennis Tournament. (Contributed)

From left to right: Callie Ware, Katelyn Bussey, Kateleigh Calloway, Ashley Ochsenhirt, Keeton Cross, Judd Tarrence, Aston Henderson and Frannie Ware. All competed in the Hillcrest Tennis Tournament. (Contributed)

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Reporter

TUSCALOOSA – Tennis season is upon us, and the Briarwood Lady Lions are off to a strong start after their winning effort in the Hillcrest Tennis Tournament at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa on March 6-7. Hillcrest, Oak Mountain, Bob Jones, Decatur Heritage and Helena were the other schools that competed in the tournament.

The Lady Lions won the tournament by jumping out to an early team lead in the singles matches and were able to ride that success to a tournament victory.

Callie Ware, Kateleigh Calloway, Ashley Ochsenhirt and Frannie Ware all won individual championships on the day. Callie Ware played on the sixth court, Calloway on the fourth court, Ochshenhirt on the first court and Frannie Ware on the fifth court.

Ochsenhirt and Judd Tarrance also took home the doubles championship on the first court.

Briarwood competes in Section 5 of Class 6A for tennis against the likes of Center Point, Clay-Chalkville, Pell City, Oxford, Shades Valley and Pinson Valley. The Lady Lions will look to build off this early result as the season continues.