League City’s Carter Crookston won the boys 12-and-younger singles blue division at the Bryan-College Station New Year Championship Major Zone tennis tournament.

Meantime, finalists at the same tournament were League City’s Tyler Norman and Mariette Manuel.

Crookston won five rounds, including a 6-1, 6-4 finals upset of the No. 2 seed. Seeded No. 3, he drew a first-round bye, then won, 6-3, 6-1, in the second round, and beat the No. 6 seed, 2-6, 1-2 retired, in the quarterfinals.

Crookston followed with a 6-3, 6-1 semifinals upset of the No. 1seed.

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

Nearby, Norman and Manuel were both four-time winners.

Norman prevailed in straight sets each round, upsetting the No. 3 seed in the second, 6-3, 6-1

He advanced to the championship round with a 6-3, 6-2 semifinals victory before eventually losing to the No. 5 seed in the final, 6-2, 6-1.

As for Manuel, seeded No. 1, after breezing to the semifinals, she needed three long sets, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, to reach the final. The championship match was never played.

Forever young

Santa Fe’s Chester Strunk won the men’s 65-and-older singles championship at the Missouri City Community Tennis Association January Tournament.

Strunk beat Spring’s Michael Schebler in the final, 6-2, 6-2.

Deer hunting

Galveston’s Cade Harrington is seeded No. 2 in the boys 14s singles white division at this weekend’s Racquet Pro Deer Park Championship Major Zone tennis tournament.

In the second round, Harrington, a Ball High School freshman, will face either The Woodlands’ Surya Chinamutheyi or Katy’s Akshav Prabhakar at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clear Falls High School.

Tip of the day

With tournament season under way again, here’s a reminder for parents: Don’t be overzealous and live through your child to meet goals that you were unable to meet as a child yourself.

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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