By GENE PHELPS
JACKSON – Brooke Boisseau’s high school tennis career ended Thursday afternoon at the Bridges Tennis Center.
The North Pontotoc graduate kicked off her college career – as a cheerleader – Thursday night at a University of Southern Mississippi preseason football and alumni gathering at the Mississippi Trade Mart.
Boisseau, who lost in the Class 4A girls singles state quarterfinals in the spring, partnered with Alcorn Central’s Anna Bowling to defeat Newton’s Makenzie Rowzee and Forest’s Lauren Peterson 8-2 in doubles in the annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Tennis Matches.
In singles, Boisseau defeated Stone County’s Victoria Rose 8-2 in a pro set match.
“I’ve been around tennis my whole life; I love it,” Boisseau said. “My mom (Angela) got me into it. I’ve already looked into playing intramural tennis in college.”
Angela Boisseau coached tennis for four seasons at Tupelo High. She started Mooreville’s successful tennis program in 2001.
Brooke played her first three high school seasons for East Webster before she transferred to North Pontotoc. An outfielder and pitcher in softball at North Pontotoc, Boisseau says she “retired” from softball this year.
The international studies major earned a position on the Southern Miss all-girl cheerleader squad this summer. Her first gig was the alumni event.
“I don’t know what to expect,” she said, then smiled. “Southern had my major and gave me an opportunity to be a cheerleader. I liked that. I like their tradition, too.”
SOUTH STARS SHINE
The South all-stars won the girls competition, 4-3, with an 8-3 singles win by Ocean Springs’ Sadey St. Amant against Clinton’s Arthie Reddy as the clincher.
In the boys matches, the South won 5-1 with one match being suspended by rain.
Starkville’s Mikala Taylor was a singles winner, beating Newton County’s Makenzie Rowzee 8-4. Oxford’s Embrey Inman lost 8-1 to Stone County’s Christa Owen.
Alcorn Central’s Bowling lost her singles match 8-1 to Brandon’s Ruhula Didia.
In boys action, Oxford’s Baxter Elliott, Starkville’s Jack Bryan and Pontotoc’s Austin Anderson, a late roster addition, lost their singles matches.