Wildcat tennis finish second in boys singles, consolation champions in girls doubles
From Staff Reports

March 27, 2006 - VAN - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats tennis team captured second place in the boys "B" division singles and won the consolation championship in the girls "A" doubles at the Van tournament last week.

"This was by far the toughest tournament competition-wise we've played in," said SSHS coach Susan Reynolds. "I was impressed with our kids coming off of Spring Break and bad weather this past week.

Jordan Horne lost to the No. 1 seed from Lindale, 5-7, 2-6, in the finals, while Cynthia Sanchez finished in fourth place in the girls "A" singles.

In doubles competition, the girls team of Aly Jackson and Lauren Longino won against Joiner and Emerson of Wills Point, 8-6, to take the consolation crown. 

The varsity has one more tournament, at Wills Point on Friday, before the start of the District 12-4A tournament, and Reynolds said the team should be stronger.

"Our last tune-up for district will be Friday at Wills Point and we will see a lot of the same teams, but with some hard workouts this week I believe we'll make a stronger showing."

Below are the results of the Van tournament (SSHS players listed first):

Girls "A" singles - Cynthia Sanchez, first round bye; quarterfinals: Sanchez def. Braaten, Bullard 4-6, 6-1, 10-7; Semifinals: Sanchez lost to Fausett, Winona 6-1, 6-0; Third Place: Sanchez lost to Crute, Lone Oak 4-6, 1-6.

Girls "B" singles - Crystal Figueroa, first round bye; Quarterfinals: Figueroa def. Whithurst, Winnsboro, 6-4, 6-2; Semifinals: Figueroa lost to Hernandez, Kaufman 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 4-6.

Girls "A" doubles - First round: Aly Jackson/Lauren Longino, bye; Quarterfinals: Jackson/Longino lost to Richardson/Penny 0-6, 0-6; Consolation: Jackson/Longino def. Abarca/Shires, Winona 8-2; Consolation Semifinals: Jackson/Longino def. Lottmann/Murray, All Saints 9-8 (11-9); Consolation Championship: Jackson/Longino def. Joiner/Emerson, Wills Point 8-6.

Girls "B" doubles - First round: Morgan McCormack/Katie Hettich, bye; Quarterfinals: McCormack/Hettich def. McFarland/Fielder, Winona 6-2, 6-4; Semifinals: McCormack/Hettich lost to Collins/Veralli, Sprin Hill 2-6, 6-7 (4-7); Third place: McCormack/Hettich lost to Drake/Hawkins, Wills Point 6-8.

Boys "A" doubles - First round: Jacob Harris/Erich Hartin def. Payne/Pleasant, Spring Hill 6-2, 7-6, (7-1); Quarterfinals: Harris/Hartin lost to Hardin/Thomas, Kaufman 7-5, 6-1.

Boys "B" doubles - First round: Cameron Mitchell/Kyle Williams lost to Burns/Tomberlain 6-2, 6-0.

Boys "A" singles - First round: Ryan Thompson def. Weaver, Winona 6-4, 6-0; Quarterfinals: Thompson def. Womack, Lone Oak 6-1, 6-4; Semifinals: Thompson lost to Langford, Grace 4-6, 0-6.

Boys "B" singles - First round: Jordan Horne def. Adams, Winona 6-0, 6-0; Quarterfinals: Horne def. Scarborough, Van 6-1, 6-0; Semifinals: Horne def. Robertson, All Saints 6-1, 6-1; Finals: Horne lost to Bridges, Lindale 5-7, 2-6.

Mixed Doubles - First round: Trish Byron/Landon McCaig lost to Stone/Barrett, White Oak 0-6, 1-6; Consolation: Byron/McCaig lost to Aldredge/Lee, Spring Hill 8-9, (2-7).


MOUNT PLEASANT - The boys doubles team of Matt Stokes and Brandon Fain won the consolation championship at the Mount Pleasant tournament last Thursday defeating the Paris team of Welch and Taylor, 6-4.

Coach Susan Reynolds said even with the cold temperatures the players played well during the tournament.

"I was extremely proud of the way the kids played in this tough tournament," said Reynolds. "It was very cold, but this was the first match we had played in a while and the players were pumped up and ready to play." 

The Wildcats will be at the JV tournament in Wills Point this weekend and Reynolds expects it to be a tough event.

"We will be playing at the Wills Point tournament with even tougher competition but after this tournament, I'm very encouraged with our progress especially going into the district tournament," the coach said.

Below is the results of the Mount Pleasant tournament (SSHS players listed first):

Girls singles - First Round: Erin Davis, bye: Quarterfinals: Davis def. Dowel, 8-1; Semifinals: Davis def. Deets, Greenville 9-7; Finals: Davis lost to Tucker, Gilmer 2-8. Britney Silva, bye; Quarterfinals: Silva def. Smith, Gilmer 8-1; Semifinals: Silva lost to Tucker, Gilmer 0-8. First round: Dominique Pryor lost to Green, Greenville 3-8; Consolation: Pryor, bye; Consolation quarterfinals: Pryor lost to Powell, Terrell 0-6.

Boys singles - First round: Josh Stoltenberg def. White, Ore City 8-1; Quarterfinals: Stoltenberg def. Lawrence, Mount Pleasant 9-8 (10-2); Semifinals: Stoltenberg lost to Stuard, Paris 3-8.

Boys doubles - First round: Trenton Kennedy/Chaz Hinkeldey, bye; Quarterfinals: Kennedy/Hinkeldey def. Simms/Smith, Chapel Hill 8-4; Semifinals: Kennedy/Hinkeldey lost to Follett/Porter, Greenville 5-8. First round: Matt Stokes/Brandon Fain, bye; Quarterfinals: Stokes/Fain lost to Sanford/Richard, Mount Pleasant 6-8; Consolation: Stokes/Fain def. Basinger/Bell, Chapel Hill 6-1; Consolation semifinal: Stokes/Fain def. Daniel/Enriquez, Ore City 6-0; Consolation championship Stokes/Fain def. Welch/Taylor, Paris 6-4.

Girls doubles - First round: Jessica Henry/Shelby Blezinger def. Black/Huggins, Paris 8-1; Quarterfinals: Henry/Blezinger lost to Love/Payne, Mount Pleasant 2-8.

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