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Ball High’s Tyreese Washington (left) and Tony Corrales won the boys “A” doubles consolation championship at the La Porte Invitational tennis tournament.

League City’s Allison Schwartz advanced to today’s 9:15 a.m. semifinals of the girls 14-and-under singles red division at the Pasadena March Championship Major Zone Tennis Tournament.

Schwartz, seeded No. 1, won three rounds Saturday, including a 6-1, 6-4 quarterfinals victory over Dallas’ Madison Marketos.

Schwartz first drew a bye, then double-bageled Fair Oaks Ranch’s Madison Mabrito in the second round, 6-0, 6-0.

Next up for Schwartz is Cypress’ No. 3-seeded Alison Chen at Deer Park High School’s south campus.

A win today would vault Schwartz into the 1:15 p.m. final against either Cypress’ No. 2-seeded Lauren Green or Sugar Land’s No. 4-seeded Charlize Wilson, also at Deer Park High School South.


Friendswood’s Gabriel and Olivia Massie each walked away big singles winners at the Beaumont Tennis Academy Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament.

Gabriel Massie won the boys 12s round-robin event, while Olivia Massie was claiming the girls 16s event, both as No. 1 seeds.

Gabriel Massie went 3-0 in the tournament, opening with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Beaumont’s Joackim Silva in Round 1. Then he rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 10-2 comeback in Round 2 against Beaumont’s Rudy Mazzola, the eventual runner-up.

Later, in Round 3, Gabriel Massie completed the sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of The Woodlands’ Caden Turnbull.

As for Olivia Massie, she easily defeated Humble’s Nia Wytch in the championship match, 6-1, 6-0.


Thursday is the first day to officially sign up for the Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League, which starts March 15 at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts.

To register, visit the league’s Facebook page.

Unofficially kicking off the new league season was a Meet, Greet & Play get-together on Thursday, one attended by 22 local players, including newbies Cliff Bush, Dave Mitchell, John Koloen and Ryan Pisapia.

“It was a great turnout and great to see everyone and get some playtime in before the season starts,” league coordinator-founder Beep Sullivan said. “We’ll be at it again this coming Thursday for anyone who would like to come out and hit.”

For more information, call Sullivan at 817-727-5266 or email her at


Ball High School’s Tony Corrales and Tyreese Washington won the boys “A” doubles consolation championship at Friday’s La Porte Invitational tennis tournament.

Corrales and Washington beat Pasadena Dobie’s Luis Neira and Longy Nguyenvo in the final, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

Also shining for the Tors was the boys “B” doubles team of Bryce Rosales and Jerry Santos, which finished fourth overall.

Rosales and Santos reached the semifinals with three wins, later losing a heartbreaking 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 decision to Clear Springs’ Lane Alksne and Caleb Higgins in the third-place match.

“They have improved tremendously in this past year,” Ball High head coach Kim Legate said of Rosales and Santos. “They are fast and determined. They study Tony and Ty and execute. It’s so exciting to watch both boys doubles.”


In doubles, find your opponent’s feet, not their heads.

Manuel Moreno Jr.:

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