Local tennis players continued their winning ways, most notably at the makeshift one-day Deer Park Independent School District Invitational.
Clear Creek led the county charge, sweeping the “A” and “B” boys doubles titles.
The Wildcats’ “A” team of Carter Crookston and Michael Raji stayed undefeated in spring tournament play with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 finals victory over Pearland Dawson.
Nearby, Clear Creek’s “B” team of Griffin Baillargeon and Brice Farine was putting away Friendswood’s Natan Bondin and Kiertan Patel in the championship match, 6-2, 6-3.
Meanwhile, finishing second in the girls “A” singles was the Wildcats’ Alejandra Lopez, who eventually lost to Alvin Shadow Creek in the final, 6-3, 6-2.
Earlier, in the semifinals, Lopez defeated the Mustangs’ Maura Mitchell, a clutch winner against Kingwood in the quarterfinals.
“We had some excellent performances,” Clear Creek head coach Derick Geise said. “We were worried going in that this tournament would be canceled due to rain, but fortunately we were able to get the whole tournament in on Friday.”
Also making her way to the winner’s circle was Friendswood’s Mia Gonzalez, champion of the girls “B” singles.
Mustang teammates Quinn Radtke and Ethan Bui reached the semifinals of the “A” mixed doubles before losing a heartbreaking 13-11 third-set tiebreaker to eventual champion Fort Bend Dulles after splitting the first two sets (3-6, 6-2).
Earlier, in the quarterfinals, Radtke and Bui knocked off Cypress Falls in an abbreviated short-sets matchup, 5-3, 4-1.
“We feel like we are off to a really strong start of the spring,” Friendswood head coach David Cook said. “Our mixed team (Radtke and Bui) is playing very well and winning a lot in very tough draws. Mia and Maura continue to play well, too.”
Mustangs also making a strong showing was the “B” mixed doubles team of Nina Gonzalez and Andrew Litzinger, which reached the semifinals before losing to Dawson.
Adding to the trophy count was Clear Falls’ Reed Collier, who advanced to the boys “A” singles final, where he will take on Houston Bellaire’s top entry in the championship match at a later date.
Knights freshman teammate Connor Johnson also reached his respective final in the boys “B” singles, eventually losing to Clear Lake, 8-3.
“(Johnson) is a great young player and a natural competitor,” Clear Falls head coach Keller Akin said. “He is a backboard who loves to play tennis.”
Knights walking away with medals, as well, were Stephanie Bautista and Ethan Espiritu, consolation champions of the “A” mixed doubles, and the team of Isabella Cardona and Emrey Mullins, consolation winners of the girls “B” doubles.
Next up for several county schools will be today and Saturday’s Foster-Holtman Invitational, hosted by Clear Brook High School.