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Tennis Starts Off Season at Home
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 14, 2013

Mason hosted the 13th Annual Puncher Shootout last weekend. Teams from Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Marble Falls, Midland, and San Angelo invaded the Helen Tallent Tennis Center for highly competitive tournament.

Each player was guaranteed five matches in either A or B divisions. This is just what we needed this early in the season. Each of our players played some great competition and spent a lot of time on the courts. We played two out of three sets and played out the third to give us a little time to start getting in tournament shape.

Fredericksburg nosed out Kerrville Tivy for the championship for the second time in three years.

Mason’s top finish came from Junior Carley Chew who won the B girls singles with four wins and one loss. Carley played three split set matches on Friday, winning two, but the set she took in the loss was the one that won the tournament for her.

Other solid performances were given by Senior Rio Schmidt in A Singles and the junior doubles team of Claudia Canfield and Traci Jordan. Freshman Kirsten Allen teamed with junior Coby Velez to win three of their five matches in the A mixed doubles. Junior Price Ruffin won two of three matches on Friday before having to exit the tournament for a stockshow commitment.

This coming weekend Mason will host the 28th Annual Hill Country Classic. Once again, some of the top competition in the state will converge on Mason. Teams from San Angelo Central, Southlake Carroll, Abilene High, Cooper, Wylie, and San Antonio Churchill will be competing. Girls singles will include the defending state champion in 3A as well as the 5A state runner-up.

The 2A semi-finalist from Rogers will also compete along with several young ladies that are all capable of upsets over anyone.

All the divisions will be loaded with super championship players and should be one of the toughest tournaments in the state for the entire year. If you love to see great tennis, come out Friday and Saturday and enjoy some of the best players in all divisions. Several of these kids have already signed with major colleges across the state. Play begins at 8:00 on both days.

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