Player of the Year
Known as more of a quiet person, Elphingstone let his play speak volumes for Calhoun during his senior season. The Tusculum College signee finished 17-1, his only loss coming in the Georgia Class AA playoffs. The southpaw helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the second round, where they were defeated by Blessed Trinity.
“Joseph is very dedicated to the sport of tennis. He loves the game and it was very evident in his four years as a Calhoun tennis player,” coach Lynn Davis said. “You could always find Joseph at the courts. If he wasn’t practicing with his team, he was there hitting with someone or playing pickup doubles matches. He was our strongest singles player but should fit in well at the next level playing singles and doubles.”
Coach of the Year
Hilley’s ninth Dalton boys’ team finished second in the Georgia Region 7-AAA tournament and went to the Class AAA state playoffs. The Catamounts’ season ended with a second-round loss to Carrollton, but Hilley was convinced his young squad — with only one senior — matured over the course of the 2011 campaign.
“There was a certain cohesiveness about this year’s team that already has me looking forward to next year,” Hilley said. “We had a lot of new faces, but with some good leadership we were able to come together as a team. It was nice to see that happen, and we’re going to try to build on that and be better next year.”
Barlok was 14-3 in singles and helped the Cherokees to the Class AAA state tournament.
Carson finished with a 12-5 record while playing No. 1 singles for the Catamounts.
Fava finished 10-3 in his third season of playing No. 1 singles for the Generals.
McWherter was 12-1 in singles in the regular season, and he and Dylan Coulter were district and region runners-up.
Patel was 15-2 in singles and helped lead the Cherokees to the Class AAA state tournament.
Watson finished 15-2, won the District 5-AAA and Region 3 titles and reached the state singles semifinals.
Fenil Patel (senior) / Michael Barlok (junior), McMinn County
Dylan Coulter (junior) / Nick McWherter (sophomore), Rhea County
B.J. Rowland (sophomore) / Thomas Delay (freshman), Dalton
P.K. Bhatter (sophomore) / Mitchell Wilson (junior), Dalton
Teams of the Year
- DALTON (15-4)
The Catamounts finished second in Region 7-AAA and advanced to the second round of the Georgia Class AAA state playoffs.
- HERITAGE (8-3)
The Generals took third in the Region 7-AAA tournament and reached the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
- McMINN COUNTY (15-1)
The Cherokees won Tennessee’s District 5-AAA and Region 3 tournaments and advanced to the state semifinals.
Nathan Bryant Dalton Freshman
Dylan Coulter Rhea County Junior
Zach Davis Murray County Senior
Matthew Pannell McMinn County Junior
Jake Pullen Cleveland Senior
Price Puryear Dalton Senior