One more tennis match for Mars
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:00 AM
Philadelphia High School's Abe Mars only thought his prep career was over.
Mars graduated in May with his other classmates but the three-sport letterman still has a little business left on the tennis court, He has been selected to play in the 2014 All-Star Tennis match which is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. He will be a member of the South team which meets the North Thursday, July 17, at the Parham Bridges Tennis Center in Jackson. The match starts at 1 p.m.
"We report the day before at Hinds Community College," Mars said. "I guess we will practice and set the teams. It is an honor to be chosen."
This makes the third year in a row that someone from Philadelphia High School has been chosen to participate in the all-star tennis match. Last year, Rebecca Prince played in the match and Tornadoes Coach Bob Posey was one of the coaches. And in 2012, Sadie Shields played in the match.
Mars played on the Tornado tennis team for five years and qualified for the state tournament on three occasions.
"Abe has been an outstanding competitor for us," Coach Posey said. "He started playing with us as an eighth grader. He was always on time and he gave his all. Over the years, Abe played every position for us. He played singles, he played boys doubles and he played mixed doubles, however he could help the team. We are going to miss him next season."
The South team will be coached by Amy Fairchild of West Lauderdale and Courtney Ulirich of Gulfport.
Other members of the South boys are Keith Bishop of Newton County, Garrett Hearn and Michael Kuhlmann, both of Gulfport, Bryden Reed of Newton County and Andrew Risley of Ocean Springs. The South girls team is made up of Kaley Bufkin of Newton County, Holly Ford of Wayne County, Lauren Marler of Brandon, Shannon St. Claire of Newton County, Hannah Wegner of Stone County, and Sarah Williams of Resurrection.
Laurie Bishop of Tupelo and Pam Champion of East Webster will coach the North team. Shelley Williams of Gulfport is the administrative coach for both teams.
The North boys team will be made up of Samuel Butler of East Webster, Chandler Duke of Clinton, Robert Jones of Mooreville, Brandon Nhek of Corinth, Mark Robbins of New Albany and Robert Thompson of Tupelo. The North girls team will be made up of Emily Carter of Tupelo, Brie Kemp of Murrah, Ivy Robbins of Pontotoc, Kara Rose of Oxford, Emily Turner of Starkville and Abby Vance of Grenada.
Mars was a three-sport athlete for the Tornadoes, playing football, soccer and tennis.
"I enjoyed all three sports," Mars said. "In football, we didn't lose but one regular season game my entire career and we were really proud of that. If soccer, we made it to the state finals for two years in a row. And in tennis, I played in the state tournament for three straight years. It was a great career."
And he should be in good tennis shape. He has been teaching lessons and playing in the park this summer.
The son of James and Kim Mars, Abe said that he was going to miss playing sports but was now looking forward to going to Ole Miss.
"I'm looking forward to going to college," Mars said. "My favorite thing to do in the world is to play for the Philadelphia Tornadoes. My second most favorite thing to do is to watch the Ole Miss Rebels play football."