The Anniston Army Depot hosted the Alabama State Championships for the first time, and did it with style; members of the local club improved the visibility in the gym by painting the walls blue up to a height of 8 feet; and they welcomed one and all with banners and smiles. Photo by Chip Patton.
The Anniston Army Depot's Charles Israel, left, and Mike Garris had fruitful tournaments. Israel took first place honors in the Class C singles over Adam Hammonds. Israel then teamed with Garris to win Class A doubles over Ravi Chhabra and Narayan Sthanam.. Israel and Garris also were instrumental in bringing the state championships to the Anniston Army Depot for the first time ever. The hard-working pair were on the tournament committee that painted the gym, set up the facility for the state's top players. After the paddles were packed and trophies awarded, Israel and Garris led the team in putting the tables and barriers away. Good job guys. Photo by Michael Wetzel .
Adam Brown won his second Alabama singles championship at the Anniston Army Depot on May 1 defeating top-seed David Landry in the finals 4-0. Adam won his other title in 1999 as an 18-year-old. Photo by Michael Wetzel .
Bill Mobley gestures to his opponent moments before winning his second Alabama seniors championship on May 1, 2004 at the Anniston Army Depot. Photo by Michael Wetzel
Chip Patton had a successful return to Alabama with a second-place finish in seniors and a third-place finish in championship doubles in the 2004 Alabama State Championships at the Anniston Army Depot on May 1. Photo by Michael Wetzel
Ernesto Kawamoto won his seventh state doubles championship title and his second consecutive with David Landry. Landry also won his fourth juniors title and finished second in championship singles. Photo by Michael Wetzel
Homer Brown, Adam Brown, Ernesto Kawamoto and David Landry pose for a snapshot minutes after deciding the Alabama doubles championship. Kawamoto and Landry edged Brown and Brown 4-2 to win the title at the Anniston Army Depot on May 1, 2004. Photo by Michael Wetzel
Tammy Landry, left, defeated Elisha Harrison to win the women's championship at the 2004 Alabama State Championships at the Anniston Army Depot on May 1. In 2003, Tammy's daughter, Alisha, was the women's winner. In this year's junior competition, Tammy's son, David won his record fourth juniors title. Photo by Michael Wetzel
Tournament director Michael Wetzel is flanked by senior finalists Chip Patton, left, and Bill Mobley, moments after passing out the awards at the 2004 Alabama championships. Mobley won his second seniors title. Photo by Andrew Strong.
Adam Brown receives $120 and a nice plaque from MWR marketing specialist Carol Mitrisin after winning the Alabama State Table Tennis Championship at the Anniston Army Depot on May 1, 2004. Photo by Michael Wetzel
Homer Brown, proprietor of tournament sponsor BumperNets, played enthusiastically, relishing this victorious point before the ball even hit the floor. Photos by Chip Patton
Adam Brown played very steadily on his way to the championship. Photo by Chip Patton
David Landry had a fine tournament. Here the 17-year-old demonstrates an effective forehand. Photo by Chip Patton
David Landry and Tommie Dailey had dog fight as Chuck Outlaw (Dothan, orange shirt) concludes a match. Tommie has been playing with consistent power in the past few months and was a longshot hopeful to win this year's tournament. Photo by Chip Patton
Adam Hammonds of Alabaster collected two second-place trophies in his first-ever USATT-sanctioned tournament. Adam defeated his brother Hunter in the semis of juniors to finish second to David Landry. He also captured second place in Class C losing to veteran player Charles Israel of Wellington in the finals. Photo by Michael Wetzel
It was a championship final that belonged to the young this year. David Landry (17) and Adam Brown (23) dueled to the finish. Photo by Chip Patton