Horne qualifies for regional tennis meet

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 12, 2007 - MOUNT PLEASANT - In her final year as SSHS head tennis coach, Susan Reynolds will be taking her first male tennis player to regional.

Junior Jordan Horne qualified for the regional meet on Thursday as he finished the District 11-4A meet as the runner-up in the boys singles division.

Horne, seeded No. 4, received a first-round bye, then won his next two matches in straight sets before losing to Texas High's Trey Brown in the championship match which went three sets.

In the second round, Horne knocked off Texas High's Jacob Scurlock, 6-1, 6-1, then beat Lindale's Phillip Coelho, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals. In the championship match, Horne fell to Brown, 2-6, 6-4, 2-6.

"This is the first time I've had a boy qualify for regional," said Reynolds, who will be teaching only next year. "I'm excited for Jordan. He played very well in a tough district."

The regional meet is in two weeks in Denton.

Freshman Robert Stevens made a strong bid to make it to regional, but lost to Lindale's Phillip Coelho for third place, 6-4, 6-3. Stevens won his first match, 6-0, 6-1 over Mount Pleasant's Garrett Trickery, then beat Lindale's Reece Namanny, 6-4, 6-4, before losing to eventual champion Brown, 3-6, 1-6.

The boys doubles team of Erich Hartin and Kyle Williams lost in their third place match as well.

In mixed doubles, the SSHS team of Aly Jackson and Brant Small fell in the second round to Texas High's Smith/Shiffle, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6.

In girls singles, junior Tara Moore lost in a second-round match to Texas High's Erin Havener, the No. 3 seed, 4-6, 0-6.

SSHS' Britney Silva won her first-round match against Paris' Chasity Black, 6-1, 6-0, but lost to No. 1 Hannah Smith of Texas High next, 0-6, 0-6.

In girls doubles, both SSHS teams were beaten in the first round. Morgan McCormack and Kendall Smith fell to Clifford/Tabangcora of Paris, 4-6, 4-6; while Lauren Longino and Jessica Henry were beaten by Lindale's McClellan/Lorren, 1-6, 4-6.

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