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.
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.
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.