Mason Junior High tennis finished its 2012 season with two big tournaments at home. On April 27th and 28th, the top 9 girls and boys seventh and eighth combined competed in our 6 team round robin tournament. Mason played two rounds on Friday. They played a young San Saba team and were able to come away with their first victory.
Then it was on to face the team from Fredericksburg. We knew this was going to be a tough match from the get go and needed to step up and play if we were to advance to the championship round. Mason came out strong and took the lead after coming away with 5doubles wins. In singles, Mason won some close, big matches at the boys to help us advance.
On Saturday, the other teams came to play in Mason as we awaited our challenger for the Championship. In the end, Mason was to meet Kerrville in the finals. Mason had played Kerrville once before this year and narrowly lost 10-9. We once again knew it would come down to the wire. Mason took a small lead after doubles and knew singles would decide it all.
After many close matches and tense moments, Mason came out victorious 10-9! It was extremely rewarding to win our own team tournament. Players for the team tournament included: Seth Hudson, Monaco Schmidt, Sam Dyer, Kirsten Allen, Luke Gillespie, Sara Powell, James Durst, Kenley Stockbridge, Levi Hofmann, Natalie Hoffman, Nick Martin, Justyn Tedder, Slade Townsend, Kayla Guice, Grant Sanders, Margaret Graves, Evan Dayton, and Amber Hengst.
On Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th, Mason hosted its annual junior high invitational tournament. There were four teams represented on Friday and some of Mason’s younger players got some good matches. In girls singles, Faith Ingracia placed fourth and Susan Airheart made it to the consolation finals. Other girls participating in singles were Caitlin Ross and Amber Hengst. In boys doubles, the team of Coleman Swafford and Dawson Lee won the consolation bracket. Medaling in girls doubles was the team of Kendra Klaerner and Cristina Mejia winning second place and Erin Haley and Lillia Romero winning consolation. In boys singles, Michael Jefferson placed second, Brayden Waite fourth, Elijah Timms consolation and Chase Pawvlik advanced to the consolation final.
Saturday was a day filled with great tennis and lots of close matches. In 7th grade girls singles, Kenley Stockbridge was second, Justyn Tedder third and Steeley Smith reached the consolation finals. Mason was represented by the team of Sara Powell and Lanie Schmidt in 7th grade girls doubles and took first place.
As we have seen all season, Mason’s 7th grade boys doubles teams gave it their all. The team of Jackson Chapman and Slade Townsend took second place while the team of Haddon Hudson and James Schwertner took home consolation. The 7th grade boys bracket only had 4 boys entered so they played a round robin. The boys got to play three matches each and Grant Sanders was the champion. Evan Dayton took home second place and Riley Pape was the consolation winner.
Once again, the veteran 8th grade team represented Mason well. In 8th boys singles, Seth Hudson was second, Luke Gillespie was third, Jacob Harris was fourth and Garrett Bibb advanced to the consolation finals. Our 8th grade boys doubles bracket only had 3 teams entered and they also had to play a round robin. Winners of the gold was the team of James Durst and Nick Martin. Second place was the team of Sam Dyer and Levi Hofmann. In 8th girls doubles, the lone team of Monaco Schmidt and Kirsten Allen took home the gold. And in 8th girls singles, Kayla Guice was second place.
I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and fans that have supported us throughout the season. Of course a special thanks goes out to Amelia Banner and MTA for running our concession stands, my mother for breakfast tacos in the early mornings, Coach Tiffany Ake, Coach Salah Smith, and Coach Paul Smith for help in preparing brackets, running the tournament and just for all around encouragement and all those others that I may not have mentioned.