Texas City’s Greg Goetschius won the boys’ 16-and-younger singles White Division at the Racquet Pro Pasadena Zone Advancement Tournament.

With the title, Goetschius earned automatic championship-level status in United States Tennis Association-Texas Section play.

Goetschius, the reigning District 24-4A singles champion, won five rounds in all, eventually beating Houston’s Jake Baker in the final, 6-2, 6-2.

Goetschius faced his toughest test in the opening round but still eased past Beaumont’s Bailey Braneff, 6-1, 6-4.

After that, Goetschius coasted to easy victories, giving up no more than one game in the next three rounds, including a 6-0, 6-0 upset of Houston’s No. 5-seeded Shane Poldervaart in the second round.

Goetschius shocked another No. 5 seed in the semifinals when he defeated Friendswood’s Matthew Molina, 6-0, 6-1.

Molina advanced to the final four with three wins, beating Springs’ Roman Kuhn in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-2.

 

Helping hand

Clear Springs High School’s Ronen Jacob was awarded a college scholarship from the Houston Tennis Association.

Jacob, one of 12 recipients from the Greater Houston Area, plans to attend the University of Texas-San Antonio in the fall.

 

Gator raid

Team Galveston defeated the visiting Dickinson Gators, 8-3, in junior team tennis action at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts.

Singles winners for Team Galveston (3-0) were Hanna Grow-Morales, Christian Loftin, Dominic Elzner, Brandon Locklin, Paul McNatt and Mitchell Moreno.

Also winning for Team Galveston were the doubles teams of Elzner/Loftin and McNatt/Moreno.

Two of the three Dickinson wins were recorded by Annie Bourland, both in singles.

Also winning for Dickinson was the mixed doubles team of Katie Bourland and Bill Duong, with the two topping Grow-Morales and Locklin, 6-2.

 

Court in session

Cindy Benzon of the USTA-Texas will conduct an in-service training session on From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 for anyone wanting to learn how to teach tennis to youngsters.

The free program at Ball High School’s gymnasium is open to the public.

 

Tip of the day

There’s nothing you can do about the point you just lost. Instead, just focus on the next point.

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 mmjtenicon@aol.com.

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