SS boys finish third at district tennis

Horne just misses regional trip

From Staff Reports

April 10, 2008 - LINDALE - Sulphur Springs wrapped up the District 11-4A tennis tournament with a third place finish for the boys team, while the Lady Cats finished in fifth place on Tuesday and Wednesday at Lindale High School.

Texas High won their 18th straight district title in the boys division with 15 points, while Lindale was second with 9 1/4 points. Sulphur Springs, meanwhile, finished in third place with a total of 9 1/2 points, while Mount Pleasant scored five points, Paris finished with three points and North Lamar rounded out the standings with zero.

First-year Wildcats head coach James Lovett said even with the third place finish in the team standings, the Wildcats improved their game this season.

"That is pretty hard to take with the finish, but being that we came that close to them says a lot for our program," the coach said. "Any time you can come close to a Lindale or Texas High in the final standings and be one of the final three teams still playing heading into the medal round, that says a lot about your group."

After a regional berth last year, SSHS player Jordan Horne finished third in this years tournament behind two players from Texas High. The top two in each division advance to the regional tournament on April 23-24 at the University of North Texas in Denton.

"We did about as well as I expected us to do and we ended up with Jordan Horne getting third in boys singles," Lovett said. "He met two highly ranked players from Texas High and lost to both of those players."

The boys doubles team of Zach Adams and Robert Stevens ended the year with a fourth-place finish for the Wildcats.

"Those two players did very well," the coach said. "The teams that they played were very highly qualified teams and they did well with them."

On the girls side, Lindale won the district championship with 16 3/4 points compared to 11 1/2 points for second-place Texas High.

Mount Pleasant was third in the standings with 4 1/2 points, while Paris (four points), Sulphur Springs (two points) and North Lamar (one point) rounded out their standings.

Morgan McCormack was the lone Lady Cats player to receive points in the tournament as she won her first round match on Tuesday.

"We only had three girls competing on varsity because I wanted the majority of the team to play in the junior varsity tournament next Wednesday," he said. "We only have six or seven girls in the whole program and we are not going to have a big girls program next year."

Lovett also praised the team of Shelby Carter and Josh Stoltenberg in mixed doubles for their final match of the season.

"We had a very positive season and I think we did very well," Lovett said. "I saw improvement on all areas of the game and in their attitudes and work ethic. I saw team unity and a lot of players wanting to excel this season and we are headed in the right direction."

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