Under the direction of head coach Amy Briscoe and assistant coach Chris Frick, the Needville Junior High seventh and eighth-grade tennis players traveled to Wharton High School to play their district tennis tournament last month.
The seventh-grade girls’ singles bracket had stiff competition.
Needville No.1, Danica Tate, posted a victory in her first match against Sealy 4-1. In the quarter-finals, she lost to Sweeny 2-4. Needville No.2, Kylee Montalvo, was defeated by another Sealy player 2-4. Needville No. 3, Meadow Grimland, was beaten by El Campo 2-4. The seventh grade boys’ singles draw was very competitive. Needville No.1, Jett McKeller, was bested by the eventual champion from Stafford 2-4. Needville No.2, Aiden Evans, fell to El Campo in a heartbreaker 3-4.
Needville No.3, Marck Lopez, was beaten by Wharton 0-4. Needville seventh grade girls ruled the doubles division.
Needville No.1 duo, Josey Cantu and Makenzie Williams, started strongly, besting Wharton 4-1 in the quarter-final round. On a roll, they dominated over West Brazos in the semis 4-0. Then in the final, Cantu/Williams captured first place medals, as District Champions, in an excitingly close contest against teammates Needville No.2, Genesis Morales and Taylor Robeson, 4-3. Morales/Robeson were awarded second place medals.
On their long route, they beat Wharton 4-1. In the quarters, they defeated Sealy 4-0. Morales/Robeson continued their successes in the semi-finals against another Sealy team 4-1, before losing in the finals. The Needville No.3 tandem, Madelyn Martinez and Madison Moore, lost their first-round in tearjerker against a third Sealy team 3-4. There was some excitement in the seventh-grade boys’ doubles bracket. Needville No.1 partners Brant Rieger and Lane Stavinoha ran into an El Campo team who went to the finals, falling 0-4.
The Needville No.2 duo, Diego Hernandez and Austin Moran, played Needville No.3 in the quarters, Adam Bartley and Jacob Pentecost, losing to them in a highly competitive contest 3-4. Bartley/Pentecost was victorious over Clute 4-0 in their first round. Then after winning in the quarter-finals against their teammates, they were defeated in the semis 0-4 by the same El Campo team who beat Needville No.1. T
he playoff for 3rd was not completed. In the eigth-grade girls’ singles division, two out of three Needville players medaled. Needville No.1, Lita Meyer, became district champ. She dominated in her first three matches, besting Sealy 4-0, defeating Freeport 4-0 in the quarters, and winning 4-0 in the semis against her Needville No.2 teammate, Zoey Yackel. The final against Stafford was an extremely close competition down to the very last point, with Meyer posting the victory 4-3.
Yackel had a strong start beating Wharton 4-0. In the quarters, she defeated another Freeport player 4-2. After losing in the semis, Yackel won the playoff for the third-place medal against El Campo 4-0.
Needville No.3, Mechale Mayberry, pulled out the victory in her first match 4-3 versus Bay City. Then in the quarters, Mayberry fell to El Campo 4-1. The eigth grade boys’ singles bracket had exciting encounters in a large draw. Needville No.1, Kiegen Sneath, beat Freeport 4-2 in the round of 16. In the quarters, Sneath lost to Stafford 2-4. Needville No.2, Ethan Brunner, posted a win against Bay City 4-1. In the round of 16, Brunner lost a tough tussle against another Freeport player 3-4. Needville No.3, Josiah Joplin, became district champ.
En route, he rousted Wharton 4-0 and then beat a third Freeport player 4-1 in the round of 16. In the quarter-finals, Joplin posted a victory against Sealy 4-2. On a roll, as he moved into the semis, he bested that Stafford player who had beaten Sneath 4-2. Joplin secured the first place medal in the final round against West Brazos, winning 4-2.
More medals were garnered in the eigth-grade girls’ doubles draw. Needville No.1 duo, Chloe Hurta and Joselin Reyes, started off with a solid win over Sealy 4-0. In the quarters, they rousted Freeport 4-1. Then in the semis, Hurta/Reyes was upset by Needville No.3 teammates, Savanna Baker and Kaitlynn Tiemann, 1-4. In the playoff for third place, Hurta/Reyes lost to another Freeport team 4-0, finishing in fourth place. Baker/Tiemann ended up securing second place medals. They pulled out their first match against another Sealy team in a close contest 4-3. In the quarter-final round, they bested Wharton 4-1.
After beating their teammates in the semis, they had a back-and-forth battle in the final versus El Campo, posting the loss of 3-4. Needville No.2 tandem Adrian Cantu and Brylie Nesvadba were victorious in their first match against Sealy 4-1.
They lost a heartbreaker in the quarters to the eventual third place from Freeport 3-4. In the eighth grade Boys’ Doubles division, two out of three Needville teams earned medals. Needville No.1 duo, Wyatt Bennett and Landon Townes, had a bye in the quarter-final round.
In the semis, they won a hard-fought battle against Needville No.2 teammates, Virgilio Ramos and Andrew Wright 4-3. In the final, Bennett/Townes secured second place medals after losing a tough one to El Campo 2-4. Ramos/Wright was victorious over another Sweeny team in quarters 4-1. In the playoff for third place, they secured their medals after losing to their teammates by defeating Sealy 4-3. Needville No.3, William Hallahan and Scotty Garcia, lost in the quarters to another Sweeny team 1-4.