HOT tennis group hosts open junior tournament

The Heart of Texas Tennis Association held its first Junior Open tennis tournament this weekend and drew a pool of nearly 40 kids from several area towns to Brady to compete for individual trophies. With entries from kids as far away as Kerrville, Granite Shoals, Fredericksburg, Menard, Wall and San Angelo, the tournament was organized by the HOT Tennis Association and directed by local member Gabe Moreno. “We had six boys from Brady, three from Lohn and one girl from Lohn compete in the tournament,” said Moreno. ‘All of them represented us very well. We had a good showing from kids all over the area.’ The tournament was sponsored by Commercial National Bank and was the first of several tournaments scheduled this summer by the recently formed tennis association. Results: 11-14 Boys Singles Cody Melcer def. Evan Martin, 6-4, 6-1; Melcer def. Jason Linnard 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Melcer lost to Kris Powell of Granite Shoals, 6-2, 6-0; Jacob Hagan def. Dylan Jacoby, 6-0, 6-0. Jacob Hagan def. Makenzie Hirt, 6-4, 6-2 Hirt def. Jaron Browning from Marble Falls, 6-1, 6-2. Hagan then played William White next and was defeated 6-1, 6-0. Consolation Bracket: Linnard def. Martin 7-6, 6-2; Hirt def. Dylan Jacoby 6-0, 6-3; Consolation finals, Hirt def. Cass Castillo from Mason 6-4, 6-2 for the consolation championship trophy. Larat Lawrence faced Jaron Browning in his first match win 6-1, 6-2. His second match against White left him out of the tourney as White of Lampasas defeated him 6-0, 6-0. White would go on to be the 11-14 age group champion. 15-18 Boys Singles In the 15-18 year old boys, Freddie Rodriguez of Lohn played Eric White and was defeated 6-0, 6-1. White played two more matches and won the entire 15-18 age group. Riley McFarland, also from Lohn defeated Dub Walston 6-0, 6-1 in his first match. His next match against Ryan Peters of Fredericksburg went 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 in favor of Peters. Jamie Allen of Brady faced Lohn’s Lance Helberg. Allen won 6-3, 6-1 in first round. Allen went on to play Austin Stewart from Fredericksburg and lost 6-2, 6-4. Helberg went to the consolation bracket and played Waltson and lost 6-0, 6-0. In men’s doubles, McFarland and Helberg faced Rodriguez and Allen. McFarland and Helberg won 6-4, 6-1. Their next match against White and White left them a 6-2, 6-0 loss and out of the tournament. Rodriguez and Allen played Browning and Powell in the consolation bracket and lost 6-2, 6-4. In the 11-13 boys’ doubles, Martin and Jacoby faced Hirt and Lawrence as the only two teams entered. Hirt and Lawrence won the match, 6-0, 6-0. Girls Singles Lohn’s Jana Solsbery played Denay Baxter from Mason and lost 6-1, 6-2 in the first round. In the consolation bracket, she faced Shayla Estes also of Mason and won 6-0, 5-7, 6-0. Her next match was against Nichole Estes of Mason and she was defeated 6-2, 6-1.

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