Once again, Mason’s tennis team dominated District 29A by winning eight of the possible ten championships, five second places, and three third-place finishes. Mason Varsity boys and girls tallied 40 points each with the closest opponents scoring 17 in boys (Sabinal) and 12 in girls (Brackettville). In the JV division Mason scored 39 points in boys and 23 in girls. The nearest opponents in JV were Center Point in boys with 10 points and Sabinal in girls with 18 points. The JV girls were at a disadvantage as they only had four girls competing. Freshman, Sarah Kolton-Mitlyng placed second in JV Girls Singles being edged out 7-5,6-2 by Celeste Navarro of Sabinal. Claudia Canfield and Caroline Hudson dominated the girls doubles losing only four total games on their way to the gold medals. Makenzey Ake teamed with Dakota Kolton-Mitlyng to win the mixed doubles championship 6-1, 6-1 over San Antonio Stacey. In the JV boys singles, Kason Wood defeated freshman teammate, Price Ruffin 6-4,4-6,10-6 to win the championship. Two other freshmen took gold medals in boys doubles. Nick Dyer and Leret Hemphill won the championship over top-seeded Makon /Zerr of D’Hanis 6-4,6-3. Mason’s “Fat Boys” , Dyllan Hofmann and Brodey Taylor took the bronze medals with a 6-4,6-2 win over Johnson City. In the varsity division, Mason once again dominated in doubles winning first and second in boys and girls. The number two seeded team of Paden Hemphill and Andrew Willis knocked off teammates Andy Duarte and Trey Schwertner 6-3,1-6,6-3 in the finals. Hemphill/Willis had only lost two games in the tournament up to that point. In girls doubles, Mason had a thriller in the finals as freshman Traci Jordan and sophomore partner, Margaret Lemke nosed out the junior team of Kaitlyn Cavness and Amanda Hudson 7-6,4-6,7-6. This match was definitely the match of the tournament. These two teams are much like last year’s team that dominated all the competition all season, but traded out wins all season. Every time these two teams play, it will be a dog-fight. Mixed doubles is the only varsity division that Mason didn’t take gold. The team of Tyler Chew and Emily Ellebracht advanced to regionals on the strength of a great final set in the semi-finals against Center Point. The advanced to the finals against Sabinal’s Hawkes and Horton, last year’s defending champions. Mason dropped the finals 7-5,6-2. Samantha Jordan and Coby Velez also teamed up in mixed doubles, but were also defeated by Hawkes and Horton in the semi’s 7-5, 6-1. They played for third against Center Point, but the Pirate team outlasted Mason 6-4,5-7,6-4.Singles at district once again looked similar to last year. Defending state champions Makenzie Mitchell (senior) and Matt Banner (junior) completely destroyed their competition. Makenzie lost only two games in the tournament while Matt lost only one. Mason’s other two entries, freshman Carley Chew and sophomore Rio Schmidt each won bronze medals as each won tough, come-from-behind, victories in those third place matches. We were extremely proud of all these kids and how they represented Mason. Chris Crawford, the tournament director and former Davis Cup player for the US commented several times just how impressed he was with Mason’s players both on and off the court. He loved their competitive spirit, but marveled at their sportsmanship. Mason will be playing at the regional tournament in College Station on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21. A seeding meeting will be held on Tuesday afternoon to determine the seeds and the draws. Play will begin at 8:00 with boys singles at A&M Consolidated High School. Girl’s singles will begin around 9:15 followed by boy’s doubles, girls doubles, and then mixed. There will be two rounds played on Wednesday with the semi’s and finals to be played on Thursday. Any playback matches will play after the finals are concluded. We hope to have another large contingency come to watch the Punchers and Cowgirls set out to advance to the state championships that will be played in Austin the second Monday in May. This year’s regional tournament should prove to have some very strong competition as several players will be returning from last year in all five divisions.