Scott Court has been named the new head tennis coach at Ball High.

Court comes to the Tors by way of Stephen F. Austin Middle School, where he served as the tennis team’s coach.

When Court takes to the courts this fall, he will be greeted by Ball High’s returning most valuable players, junior Joanie Kelso and sophomore Cade Harrington.

’Cats going wild

Speaking of high school tennis, Clear Creek coach Patrick Marrie anticipates another successful team tennis season.

“We have a very tough schedule, but the players are excited and looking forward to the challenge,” Marrie said. “We look to have experience on both sides of the lineup this season.”

With the likes of Sophie Baillargeon and Ashton Duke manning the No. 1 singles duties, Marrie has put together a killer nondistrict schedule to prepare for a new-look 22-6A.

Clear Creek opens the season Aug. 20 at state-ranked Montgomery, then will host two more state-ranked programs, Clements and College Park, in the Fort Bend Tournament on Aug. 22.

Things won’t get any easier for the Wildcats in September, when they also will face state-ranked Seven Lakes, Stratford and Cinco Ranch before heading to the Hill Country on Sept. 13 to challenge state-ranked Lake Travis and Austin Westlake.

“Our subsequent lineup is relatively similar to last season’s,” Marrie said. “We also are very excited about incoming freshman Michael Raji. He will add depth and strength to an already strong boys team.

“We are anxious to get started.”

BARC out loud

Bay Area Racquet Club in Clear Lake City is offering junior team tennis and Flex Singles League play this fall.

Junior team tennis will be Sunday afternoons, and the Houston-based Flex Singles League, operated by BARC, now will feature junior competition in the boys’ and girls’ 14- and 18-and-younger age brackets.

Registration deadline for both is Aug. 23. For information, call Sam Chadwell at 281-488-7026.

Tip of the day

Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

Manuel Moreno Jr. is head tennis coach at J. Frank Dobie High School and Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Class 5A Coach of the Year for 2005. Email him at

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