ODESSA — Austin, here she comes.
Forsan High School's Sydney Holdampf punched her ticket to the University Interscholastic League's state tennis meet by winning the girls' singles title at the Region I-2A tournament Thursday at the Ratliff Stadium Tennis Complex.
Holdampf, a junior at Forsan, opened second-day play at the tournament by downing Lauren Zacketti of Comfort, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinal round, then defeated Catherine Stout of Ingram Tom Moore, 6-4, 6-3, to claim the girls' singles title.
This will mark the first trip to the state tournament for Holdampf, who the was the top-seeded girl at the regional meet.
Her teammate, Kyle Stevenson, was denied a return trip to the state tournament when he was defeated by Jesse Guerra of Tornillo, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 in the boys' singles semifinals Thursday. Stevenson, also a junior at FHS, then dropped his third-place match with Stefan Wilson of Ozona by a score of 6-0, 6-4.
Holdampf won't be the only area athlete at the state tennis tournament.
At the Region II-1A tournament in Abilene, Grady's boys' doubles team of Johan Wiebe and Anibal Medina placed first in their division, and they will be joined at the state tournament by teammate John Ramirez, who finished second in boys' singles.
Also qualifying for the state tournament was Garden City's mixed doubles team of Aaron Long and Taylor Hughes, who defeated Shane Teague and Kelly Cook of Grady, 7-5, 7-6, for the regional championship. Teague and Cook later lost a play-back match to miss out on a trip to the state meet.
BSHS golf team
LUBBOCK — The Big Spring High School boys' golf team's dream of a trip to the state tournament was quashed Thursday when they finished sixth at the Region I-3A meet at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Lubbock.
The Steers finished with a two-day team score of 653. Blake Brorman led the way with a 151, followed by Andrew Fillingim (163), Ryan Pollard (168), Tate Kennedy (173) and Devin Roberson (172).
Brorman also missed out on a chance to advance to the state tournament in medalist play, as he lost a one-hole playoff against Will Paulsen of Borger for the final individual position.
Perryton won the team title with a team score of 638, one stroke better than runner-up Andrews. Borger, Abilene Wylie and Levelland rounded out the top five teams.