Wildcats tennis loses tough match to Wills Point
From Staff Reports

Sept. 6, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcat tennis team lost to the Wills Point Tigers 11-8 in a make-up match at the George Fox Tennis Complex adjacent to SSHS Tuesday afternoon.

"This was a tough loss for us," said SSHS tennis coach Susan Reynolds. "We had several matches that were very close, and of course, not working out due to the holiday didn't help as well."

In doubles action, the boys team of Jacob Harris and Cameron Mitchell won 8-4 over Waymire and Groening, while in mixed doubles the team of Brant Small and Tara Moore defeated Prather and Stroud.

In boys singles action, Landon McCaig picked up two wins, and Erich Hartin and Harris both won their matches. In girls singles, Moore and Aly Jackson were victorious.

"Our strength came from the boys," Reynolds said of the match, "and at this point in the season we'll be focusing on strengthening the girls side and get a more even balance."

The tennis team will travel to Texarkana for the Texarkana tournament Sept. 8-9, when they will face Van in the first round, Nacogdoches in the second round and Texas High JV in the third round. The pools will be combined for the fourth round.

"The kids are looking forward to the tournament with some tough competition with Texas High and Waco Midway," the coach said. "With some rest and good workouts I expect a strong showing this weekend."

Below are the results of the Wills Point match (SSHS players listed first):

Boys Doubles - Erich Hartin/Landon McCaig lost to Prather/Manning 8-9 (6-7); Jacob Harris/Cameron Mitchell def. Waymire/Groening 8-4.

Girls Doubles - Lauren Longino/Aly Jackson lost to Stroud/Wicks 6-8; Morgan McCormack/Kendall Smith lost to Hawkins/Emerson 2-8; Jessica Henry/Britney Silva lost to Howell/Drake 3-8.

Mixed Doubles - Brant Small/Tara Moore def. Prather/Stroud 8-3, Josh Stoltenberg/Shelby Blezinger lost to Layman/Ramsey 6-8.

Boys Singles - Landon McCaig def. Manning 8-6; McCaig def. Groening 8-1; Erich Hartin def. Prather 8-5; Jacob Harris def. Waymire 8-5; Cameron Mitchell lost to Layman 4-8.

Girls Singles - Tara Moore def. Emerson 8-6; Morgan McCormack lost to Drake 6-8; Lauren Longino lost to Hawkins 8-9 (5-7); Aly Jackson def. Campa 8-3; Britney Silva lost to Howell 3-8; Jessica Henry lost to Keller 2-8; Monica Rubio lost to Timmons 4-8.

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