Locals took charge at the Bay Area Racquet Club-Racquet Pro March Junior Open.

The girls’ 12-and-younger singles was an all-Friendswood final, with No. 1-seeded Megan Chu knocking off No. 2-seeded Alexandria Carbone-Larson 6-1, 6-1.

Both advanced to the championship round with three wins, with Carbone-Larson beating League City’s Pooja Sashital in the semis, 6-0, 6-0.

Sashital defeated Friendswood’s Morgan Hoyt, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

League City’s Melody Duong won the girls’ 16s singles, 6-1, 6-1.

Friendswood’s Erica Jessel and Seabrook’s Jose McIntyre won runner-up honors in their respective singles events.

Jessel finished second in the girls’ 10s round-robin White Division, rallying past League City’s Mary Tacorda, 3-4, 4-1, 7-5.

In the boys’ 18s final, McIntyre, who plays his high school tennis at Clear Falls, lost to the top seed, 6-4, 6-4.

McIntyre won twice, upsetting the No. 2 seed in the semifinals, 1-6, 6-4, 10-6.

Spring break?

Clear Creek coach Patrick Marrie and Clear Springs coach Gregg Parker are spending much of their off week preparing for the seventh annual Kemah Boardwalk High School Invitational tournament set for March 21-22.

The Wildcats will host 16 schools in the Championship Division, while the Chargers will entertain another 16 in the Tournament Division.

“The draws this year are the most competitive to date,” Marrie said. “There is likely not to be an easy round in the tournament.

“When we began the tournament in ’08, we hoped to bring the best tennis from around the state to the Bay Area, and I believe we got our wish.”

Indeed, they have, with the likes of Alamo Heights, Westlake, Harlingen South, Lake Travis and Plano East.

Tip of the day

For an effective slice on your backhand, use a swing that moves gradually from high to low and back to high.

What’s All the Racket?

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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