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Forsan netters advance to regional finals

April 21, 2011

ODESSA — Forsan High School's Kyle Stevenson and Sydney Holdampf are one win away from a trip to the state tennis tournament.

Stevenson and Holdampf, both juniors at FHS, each recorded two victories Wednesday to reach the boys' and girls' singles semifinal round, respectively, at the Region I-2A tennis tournament at Ratliff Stadium Tennis Complex.

Stevenson opened tournament play be defeating Cody Asbury of Ingram Tom Moore, 6-3, 6-1. He then knocked off Ricardo Chavez of Dimmitt, 6-0, 6-0 to reach the semifinals, where he'll face Jesse Guerra of Tornillo at 8:30 a.m. today.

A win over Guerra will put Stevenson in the singles championship match against either Tyson Turnbow of Muleshoe or Stefan Wilson of Ozona and guarantee him a spot in the University Interscholastic League state tennis tournament next month (the top two finishers qualify for the state meet).

Holdampf opened girls' singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of Jessica Pinon of Spearman, then bested Evelyn Godinez of Tornillo, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the quarterfinal round. She faced Lauren Zackett of Comfort in the semifinals.

If he qualifies, it will mark Stevenson's second straight trip to the state tournament, while Holdampf is seeking her first berth at the state meet.

In other results from the Region I-2A tennis tournament:
• Coahoma's boys' doubles team of Aaron Gonzales and Jason Martinez were defeated in the quarterfiinal round of the tournament. They opened play with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Houston Casco and Josh Raiford of San Saba before falling short against the Wall duo of J.J. Cestero and Brice Conoly, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

• The Forsan girls' doubles team of Cheyenne Galloway and Rachael Haggard lost their opening round match against Tarah Crosby and Joannah Crosby of San Saba, 6-1, 6-1.

• Stanton High School's boys' doubles team of Tyler Fulton and Grayson Gray lost their first-round match to Joe Torres and Justin Gannaway of Childress, 7-6, 7-6.

• Both Stanton mixed doubles teams also lost in the first round. Josh Powell and Ashton Snellgrove fell to Garrett Nichols and Devin Wilde of Wall, 6-2, 6-4, while SHS' Tim Anderson and Whitney Brantley fell to Taylor Abercrombie and Sarah Crawford of Tuscola Jim Ned, 6-0, 6-3.

Region II-1A
tennis tournament
ABILENE — Mixed doubles teams from Garden City and Grady assured themselves spots in the state tennis tournament by reaching the mixed doubles finals at the Region II-1A tennis tournament at the Rose Park Tennis Center Wednesday.

Aaron Long and Taylor Hughes of Garden City will face the Grady duo of Shane Teague and Kelly Cook in today's regional championship.

Grady boys' singles player John Ramirez also earned a trip to the state meet by reaching today's finals, as did the boys' doubles team of Johan Wiebe and Anibal Medina.

Garden City's boys' double duo of Brett Chudej and Josh Colunga lost their semifinal match, but will play for third place — and the possibility of a play-back match — today.

Garden City's other regional qualifier, the girls' doubles team of Cathy and Rachel Hirt, lost in the quarterfinal round Wednesday.

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