Clear Creek tennis

Clear Creek High School’s Carter Crookston (left) and Michael Raji were second in boys doubles at the Spring Branch Independent School District Lightsey I-10 Corridor Invitational tennis tournament in Houston.

Clear Falls and Clear Springs led county entries at the La Porte Invitational tennis tournament.

The Knights’ Reed Collier racked up another spring season singles title, winning the boys “A,” while teammate Brissa Mendoza was finishing second in the girls “A” singles.

Clear Falls also came away with runner-up and third-place showings in both the “A” and “B” mixed doubles.

As for the Chargers, the team of Meagan Chu and Sahar Elchehabi won the girls “A” doubles, while both of Clear Springs’ boys doubles teams were placing third in their respective “A” and “B” events.

“It was our first time playing Meagan and Sahar together outside of practice,” Chargers co-head coach Gregg Parker said. “They played very well together, having to beat some good teams like (Humble) Kingwood to win.”

Chu and Elchehabi won five rounds in all, including a 6-1, 6-2 romp past Kingwood in the championship match.

Chu and Elchehabi first beat Angleton 4-0, 4-0 and Barbers Hill in the second round, 4-0, 4-1, before easing past Clear Falls in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-1.

Then in the semifinals, Chu and Elchehabi upset No. 1-seeded Deer Park 6-3, 6-0.

Collier, meanwhile, had little problems winning his first-place medal, giving up just eight games total along the way.

After drawing a first-round bye, Collier, seeded No. 1, shut out Barbers Hill’s Stephen Wong in the second round, 4-0, 4-0, then hammered Friendswood’s Natan Bondin in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1.

Collier later coasted to a 6-1, 6-2 semifinal victory over Beaumont West Brook’s Vignesh Chennupati before roaring past Baytown Sterling’s Ayush Agrawal in the final, 6-0, 6-3.

Mendoza was one win short of adding another “A” singles championship to the Knights’ trophy case, winning four times before losing to Kingwood’s No. 1-seeded Maddie Bezner in the final, 6-4, 6-3.

Earlier, Mendoza defeated Deer Park’s Morgan Cook in the first round, 4-1, 4-0, then upset Sterling’s No. 2-seeded Valeria Contreras in the second round, 4-0, 4-0.

Mendoza followed with a 6-1, 6-1 effort past Manvel’s Elle Petru in the quarterfinals before outlasting Alvin Shadow Creek’s Kris Sherrill in the semifinals, 6-1, 4-6, 11-9.

Also placing second was Clear Falls’ “A” mixed tandem of Stephanie Bautista and Ethan Espiritu. The two eventually lost to No. 1-seeded Alvin Shadow Creek in the final, 6-2, 6-2.

Bautista and Espiritu first drew a bye, then defeated Barbers Hill in the second round, 6-3, 6-3; Humble Atascocita in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-2; and Kingwood in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-4.

Knights teammates Neimann and Jordan Rauscher claimed bronze in the “B” mixed, beating Shadow Creek in the third-place match, 6-2, 7-5.

Clear Springs’ third-place boys doubles teams were the “A” duo of Nadir Abbasi and Heinzll Unson, and the “B” twosome of Lane Alksne and Caleb Higgins.

In their respective third-place matches, Abbasi and Unson defeated Sterling, and Alksne and Higgins beat Ball High’s Bryce Rosales and Jerry Santos 5-7, 6-1, 10-7.


Clear Creek’s Carter Crookston and Michael Raji won boys doubles runner-up honors at the Spring Branch Independent School District Lightsey I-10 Corridor Invitational tennis tournament.

Crookston and Raji were four-time winners before losing to Cypress Ranch in the final, 5-7, 6-0, 10-7.

“Carter and Michael had their toughest tests yet this past weekend with teams such as Houston Memorial, Cy Ranch and The Woodlands,” Wildcats head coach Derick Geise said. “We knew this was going to be the hardest competition they faced.

“And if they played the Cy Ranch team of Payne/Rammireddy, it would likely have top-seed implications down the road.”

To reach the final, Crookston and Raji defeated Pearland Dawson’s Bansel/Lenderman in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-3.

Later, in the championship round, “We did get the match we wanted to see,” Geise said.

“We wanted to come out fast and aggressive, which we did. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep that intensity up into the second set and got down early. Our boys were disappointed, but we know we can play with (Cy Ranch) and look forward to meeting them once again with bigger stakes on the line.

“In the end, second place was a very good finish considering the talent.”

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