Rockdale’s tennis teams won region titles for the second straight season, then dominated the postseason all-league lists. (Special photo)
Rockdale had its way in tennis in Region 2-AAAAAA once again this past season, and the Bulldogs’ efforts were rewarded.
All 14 starters from the Bulldogs’ boys and girls’ teams were named all-Region 2 honorees, with 13 players occupying spots on the 15-player first team, in a fitting end to a dominant two-year run atop the league.
Summer Walker and Patrick Sanders each took home region player of the year honors for the second consecutive season from the No. 1 singles position, capping brilliant four-year careers.
Walker, who lost just once while in a Rockdale uniform and heads to the University of Connecticut in the fall, was voted a first team honoree in each of her four seasons at the Conyers school, and in 2014 she was joined on the girls first team by Destiny Commodore and the doubles teams of Abby Bradford and Tiara Anthony and Sydney Norton and Alliyah Byrd.
Brothers Trey and Logan Hull in singles and the doubles tandems of Abenet Addisu and Bruce Mitchell and Cameron Debro and Tyron Anthony joined Sanders to make up the entirety of the boys first team.
Sanders, a Shorter University commitment, was a three-time first-team selection (once in Rockdale’s old Region 8-AAAA in 2012) and added a second-team honor in Region 8 as a freshman in 2011.
Rockdale added a second-team honoree in singles player McKenna Commiskey.
“We had a good year, and I always say if your team wins, the awards and recognition will follow,” said Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing, whose won consecutive league titles in both girls and boys play. “It’s nice that the kids are recognized for their hard work. (And) it’s fitting that Summer and Patrick won region player of the year as they came in as freshmen together and carried that through their career.”
Newton’s Brishanti Weaver and Jordyn White of Alcovy completed the girls first team, while Trista Twiford (Alcovy) and Irma Soriano (Newton) were second-team selections. Newton, which finished as the league runner-up, put both of its doubles tandems on the girls second team in Ify Egbulem and Ja’Lynn Cole and Brooke Menchion and Hanah Scott.
Alcovy, whose teams each reached the state tournament as No. 3 seeds, put its singles duo of Clayton Anderson and Stefen Kirk on the boys second team. Also making the second team were Tufail Khan and the doubles team of Anthony Bradley and Demetrius Calhoun, helping Newton to fourth place and a state tournament appearance, and Alcovy’s doubles team of Okon Godwin and Jordan Hexom.
Four players were named honorable mention-Ashley Jean-Baptiste and Craig Thomas of Newton, along with Alcovy’s Holden Miller and Faith Cambron.