Preps: Brentwood High School tennis star makes his college choice

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:06pm

Nationally ranked junior player Maxx Lipman of Brentwood High has committed to play tennis at Florida.

He is the No. 2 recruit in the state, No. 7 in the Southeast and No. 20 nationally in one recruiting service.

The Gators came into the picture late after Lipman had narrowed his choices to Vanderbilt, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Southern Cal.

He played No. 1 singles for Brentwood, leading the Bruins to the state team championship last May. He has qualified for the individual state tournament in singles every year but one since he was an eighth grader, missing only when he transferred from Battle Ground Academy and having to sit out his sophomore year.

Lipman’s brother Ryan, also a former nationally ranked junior, is a redshirt-junior at Vanderbilt, having missed all of last season due to injury. His mother, the former Lisa Tamborello, was a state high school doubles champion in Texas and a four-year letterman at Vanderbilt.

• Tate makes mom’s birthday happy: Yolanda Tate, the mother of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, got a 48th birthday present Monday night when her son caught the winning touchdown on the last play of a 14-12 victory over Green Bay.

“Our family was watching the game together, and we jumped up and started hugging each other,” Yolanda Tate said. “He couldn’t have made my birthday any happier.”

The controversial catch came on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Russell Wilson, after which officials ruled that he had possession. Tate, a former Mr. Football star at Pope JPII and All-American at Notre Dame, scored both Seahawks’ touchdowns in the contest.

• Ensworth nationally ranked: Undefeated Ensworth High (6-0) has debuted into the USA Today Super 25 prep football rankings, coming in at No. 25 in the newspaper’s release Tuesday. The Tigers are the only Tennessee team listed.

Ensworth trounced Battle Ground Academy 34-7 last Friday as Mr. Football star Corn Elder rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers’s next game is Friday at Pope John Paul II.

• Glencliff celebrates 50th anniversary: Glencliff High will hold a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Colts football Friday when they host Cane Ridge High at 7 p.m. The alumni room will open for a 4-5 p.m. and the reunion, and a tailgate party will follow from 5-6:30 p.m. behind the school.

At halftime, all alumni will be recognized on the field.