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Woodville tennis, Eagles track meet

by Jason Drake

Once again the Woodville Eagles tennis team travelled to Beaumont last Friday to play in the newly renamed Lamar Invitational Tennis Tournament. The tournament's name was changed from the "Lamar University Invitational Tennis Tournament" to the "Ron Wesbrooks Lamar Invitational", named in honor of the legendary Lamar tennis coach, Ron Wesbrooks.

There were two divisions in the tournament. The White Division for the 4A and 5A schools and the Red Division for the 1A, 2A and 3A schools. Everyone played in one of these divisions, except that there were no divisions for the Mixed Doubles and the 9th graders, all of these players were combined from 1A to 5A schools, so it made it much tougher to advance in these two divisions.

The Eagles flew high again playing extremely well against South East Texas tennis powerhouse schools and Houston schools like Pasadena Dobie H.S, in Pasadena, TX. Eagle's Sr. player, Grant Hensarling was seeded #2 in a 32 entry draw. He drew a bye in the first round having to face Silsbee in the second round. He had a great, quick match winning over Silsbee with a score of 8-3. Bridge City entered three singles players and Grant had to face all three of them in different rounds all the way to the finals. He was able to dispose of the first and second Cardinal players with scores of 8-2 and 7-5. He went on to the finals to face the third of the Bridge City Cardinals, but was unable to win, losing 8-2. After all was said and done, Grant was awarded the silver medal for his outstanding tennis playing effort.

In the mixed doubles, Austin Coker and Kristen Swafford played and fought all the way to the finals also. Coker and Swafford were seeded #2 in a 32 entry draw, and drew a bye in the first round. The duo defeated Hamshire-Fannett by a score of 8-1 and East Chambers by a score of 8-5. They went to the semifinals playing against the #2 team from Pasadena Dobie. This turned out to be a real tough team, but Coker and Swafford prevailed.

The boys' doubles team of Caleb Dinger and Sean O'Neal drew a bye in the first round and faced East Chambers in the second round. They came out short with a 5-8 loss.

The girls doubles teams of Carolina Baeza and Audrey Brookshire won 8-4 over Orangefield in the first round, but fell to East Chambers in the quarterfinals.

The second girls doubles team made up of Aureanna Stacey and Cameron Hutto defeated Emily Brown and Lydia Ford from Warren in the first round and lost to East Chambers in the second round.

Justin Livingston played singles in the freshmen division while teammates Josh Sheffield and Ben Worseley played doubles. Livingston lost to Hardin Jefferson while the boys' doubles had a tough time with PNG.

The Varsity Invitational is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 while the District 22-2A Varsity tournament is scheduled for April 5 and 6 also in Kirbyville.

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