Middle School Tennis
The middle school tennis team started their tennis season this past Thursday in Rockdale. They played matches against Milano and Rockdale. It was a first for many of the young athletes. Games were won and lost and improvement was noticeable. The team members are Jaclyn Alford, Emma Beard, Allison Biehle, Hunter Biehle, Gem Brewer, Jordan Exner, Vance Kassner, Ryan Garrison, Kynslie Meyer, Halle Mitchell, Veronica Ortega, Trevor Patschke, Garlyn Radford, Melanie Scantlin, Madison Stefek, Courtney Strain, Tanner Towery, and Jacob Townsend.
On Saturday morning, fifteen of the above athletes traveled to Taylor for a tournament. They played 28 6-game pro-sets against other middle school kids from Taylor, Florence, Academy, and Granger. They won 21 of the matches. Once again, improvement was seen with each match played, especially from the seventh graders. Kassner and Scantlin played in the 8th grade boys doubles bracket because there were no other mixed doubles team. No problems…they won that division handily with scores of 6-0, 6-2, 6-3. Brewer and Radford faced off in the championship match in 8th grade girls singles division. Gem advanced to the finals with scores of 6-0 and 6-3 while Garlyn took care of the other side of the bracket winning 6-1 and 6-1. Gem and Garlyn played many great points, but Gem eventually won the match 6-2.
In 7th grade action, Townsend won the boys singles division with ease playing four different guys from Taylor. His scores were 6-0, 6-0, 6-1, and 6-1. Mitchell and Stefek won the girls doubles bracket, defeating 2 teams from Taylor and a team from Florence, before getting to the championship match. Their scores were 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. The final match against another Taylor duo was closer, but they took the victory 6-4. The boys’ doubles team of Patschke and Towery had a long and frustrating day as they were edged out early 5-6. They waited and waited and waited, thinking that they were not going to get another chance, but finally their names were called. They were ready. They defeated a team from Taylor 6-5 and then beat an Academy team 6-2 for the Consolation Championship.
Allison Biehle, Ryan Garrison, Hunter Biehle, Emma Beard, Jaclyn Alford, and Jordan Exner also played on Saturday. The tournament brackets were not completely played out due to the large number of participants, so while these athletes’ first matches were won easily, the following round was their last. Each match was close whether the score showed it or not, with long points and traded games. The improvement throughout the day was fun to watch. They will have another tri-match against Granger and Academy on Saturday, April 28 before the District Tournament on May 5th.