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Tennis Wins Another State Championship
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Posted April 11, 2012

Last Friday was indeed a “Good Friday” for the Mason Tennis Team as it collected its 21st state championship and its tenth straight title. This year was very different as the state championship was to be played March 9-10, but due to the precious rain that fell, the tournament was altered and moved to Abilene on Good Friday. Mason originally was scheduled to play Forsan, but was rained out after only five sets with Mason leading 5-0. It had been predetermined that if the tournament was rained out, the top four seeds would advance and play the semi’s and finals on a later date. Mason was the top seed followed by Brock, Wall, and Krum in that order. Mason took the Hardin-Simmons courts against Krum first and found them to be a very tough opponent. Coming out of the doubles, Mason led 5-2, but only after they rallied to win in a 12-10 third place tiebreaker at the #3 boys doubles. Price Ruffin and Coby Velez pulled out this pivotal match and set up the victory. Mason won at the number two boys doubles with Matt Banner and Leret Hemphill as well as winning at the number one and two girls doubles positions as Traci Jordan / Margaret Lemke and Kaitlyn Cavness / Emily Ellebracht lost only three games total. The mixed team of Amanda Hudson and Rio Schmidt added the other doubles win with an impressive 0,0 performance. Mason finished the match with a 12-7 victory and got ready for the winner of the other semi’s. Brock played an emotional match against Wall, winning 10-9 and being culminated by a 13-11 third set tiebreaker in the last match of the dual. Brock had an outstanding boys team last year and returned all of them this year. Once again our doubles team come out and took control giving us a 5-2 lead going into the singles. The two big wins in doubles came from Banner/Hemphill and the #3 girls team of Claudia Canfield and Carley Chew and they captured a 10-5 third set breaker. The girls continued their domination in singles with wins at the number 1,2,4, & 5 spots. Matt Banner and Andrew Willis also pulled off big wins at the 1 & 2 spots. Both boys played outstanding matches as they lost only five games total against top quality boys that were at the 2A UIL State Championships last year. Mason had the match won at 10-4, but played out the dual to an 11-8 final win. This has concluded an up and down team season, but gold medals around the necks of these outstanding athletes make it all worthwhile. The team would like to say thanks to all those faithful fans that continue to support our kids. There were so many that showed up and cheered on the Punchers and Cowgirls that don’t have players playing any longer. That makes this team championship that much grander. Now the team has to change hats and play for the district UIL championships on Monday and Tuesday. At press time, no results are known, but if the team continues playing as it did on Good Friday, Mason will also enjoy a good Monday and Tuesday as well.

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