Brookwood sweeps 8-AAAAA title matches

LAWRENCEVILLE - The weather Thursday at Rhodes Jordan Park was just as good as the Brookwood teams that played in it.

Both were perfect.

The Brookwood girls finished off an unbeaten regular season with a dominating performance in the Region 8-AAAAA final, beating Parkview 3-0.

Meanwhile, the boys team was almost as flawless. Those Broncos needed an impressive comeback in the No. 2 singles match to beat the Panthers 3-1. Brookwood's Devin Flynn took center stage when he and Ethan Motz of Parkview were battling in the second set. Motz had already taken the first set 6-3 and appeared poised to take the second in the best-of-three match. But midway through that set, the tide turned in favor of the Broncos junior.

"(Flynn) got down 3-2 in the second set and pulled out two straight games after a change over," Brookwood head coach Heath Hinton said. "He won two tough deuce games and then got up."

Flynn then stayed up. He won 10 of the next 11 games, taking the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to give Brookwood (20-1) its second straight region title.

"Man it was pretty close," Flynn said. "I started really bad but played better and came through."

"That one was amazing," Hinton said. "Definitely the biggest comeback I've seen in a region championship match. I know not to count Devin out, though."

Parkview (14-5) started out as well as it could hope. Star sophomore Thomas Cook disposed of Jordan Wright 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match. The Broncos' doubles teams followed with convincing wins. Jonathan Surls and Chris Eastwood beat Jason Bennett and Brandon Patrick (6-1, 6-1) in the No. 1 singles match. Followed by Logan Taylor and Grayson Mills win over Ryan Lipson and Kirk Arza (6-2, 6-2) at No. 2 doubles, extending both teams unbeaten streaks in region.

On the girls side, Brookwood (20-0), a team considered to be the best team in the state, looked the part against Parkview (10-7). Alabama-signee Courtney McLane shut out Megan Nelms (6-0, 6-0) in the No. 1 singles match. The No. 2 doubles team of Jordan Johnston and Katie Williams beat Anna Fluevog and Samantha Marks by the same score. Finally the No. 1 doubles team of Hailey Denson and Nicole Hernandez gave the Broncos their fifth straight region title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Cristina Holt and Rebecca Streich.

"We are very excited," McLane said. "We are taking it one match at a time but winning state would be a great way to go out."

The coach on the other side of the net had even better things to say.

"I would not be surprised to see them in the state finals and I hope they make it," Parkview head coach Cherrie Geiger said. "We've met our goal and we're going to get past the first round."