LEAGUE CITY — Clear Creek tennis coach Patrick Marrie can breathe a sigh of relief.

The 7th annual Kemah Boardwalk High School Invitational tennis tournament is now in the books.

“The tournament was a great success,” Marrie said. “The weather cooperated once again, allowing each participant to play five very competitive matches.”

The Boardwalk Invitational, regarded as one of the toughest high school tennis tournaments in Texas, featured 32 of the state’s top tennis teams and players.

Coupled with the neighboring 27th annual Beachcomber Tennis Classic in Galveston, co-hosted by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and Dobie High School, the county played host to 77 Texas schools and nearly 1,200 participants in all.

Marrie co-directed the Boardwalk Invitational’s championship division, while Clear Springs coaches Gregg Parker and Joyce Thomas co-directed the tournament division.

“All of the top teams in attendance were among the top ranked in the state,” Marrie said.

Both Clear Creek and Clear Falls competed in the championship division.

The Wildcats had several players finish in the top 12 or better, including the boys’ doubles team of Ford Cunningham and Ashton Duke, which placed sixth overall.

Clear Creek’s girls’ doubles team of Elizabeth Le and Jessi Nifong and mixed doubles team of Sophie Baillargeon and Dilan Behrle both finished ninth.

Also faring well for the Wildcats was Ava Manuel, who was 12th in the girls’ singles.

“These were very respectable results considering the depth of talent at the tournament this weekend,” Marrie said.

As for Clear Falls, the doubles teams of Jose McIntyre/Trey Templin and Zoe Miller/Savannah Valentino turned in respectable showings.

In the boys’ action, Templin and McIntyre picked up wins over Westlake, Katy Taylor and Lake Travis to finish 13th. Then on the girls’ side of the court, Miller and Valentino defeated Clear Lake, Coppell and Clear Creek to finish 18th.

In tournament play, it was an all-Clear Springs final in the girls’ doubles draw, where Melody Duong and Haley Voumard beat teammates Aava Azad and Valerie Medvedeva 6-1, 6-3.

All three teams will get in one more tuneup Friday and Saturday before the District 24-5A Championships on April 4-5.

Clear Creek and Clear Springs both are headed for the Fort Bend Tournament in Missouri City, while Clear Falls is entered in the Baytown Tournament.


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