Johnson takes tournament prize

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Baylea Johnson gets a congratulatory hug from Coach Willie Paz.

By Willie Paz Over 30 junior players participated at the Natchitoches Jr. Championships at the Natchitoches Tennis Center.

Players from Lake Charles, New Iberia, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport and Leesville were among the juniors in the following events: BG18’s, BG16’s, BG14’s and BG10’s.

Baylea Johnson serves during her match in the finals.

Baylea Johnson of Natchitoches took first place by defeating Ava Washington of Shreveport 6-4,6-2 in girls 14’s. Luke Zeagler, also of Natchitoches, was the runner up in boys 18’s. He was defeated by DJ Neuville of New Iberia.

In boys 16’s consolation finals, Mason McCart defeated Ryan Anderson of Shreveport 6-0,6-0.