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The Sterling High School No. 1 doubles team of Ryan Jones, left, and Brian Ward captured the Flight A title Thursday during the Baytown Tournament held throughout the city. 

City tourney rolls on year after cancellation

The 70th edition of the Baytown Tennis Tournament was a potpourri of successes for the city’s high school programs along with Barbers Hill.

Sterling was paced by the A boys doubles title of Ryan Jones and Brian Ward, the B boys doubles win by Steven Mauro and Cameron Pequeno, the A mixed doubles title by Dave Daymiel and Abigail Vincent and JW Gammel’s B singles crown.

“We brought home many medals and had a successful day on the court,” RSS head coach John Tremmel said. “It was nice to see everything clicking across the board.”

Jones and Ward won after rallying from a set deficit to beat a top Clear Springs squad.

“They were a very good team with good volleys and ground strokes and we were going for too much,” Jones, the lone senior boy for the Rangers said. “We were tiring ourselves out so in the second set we relaxed more and breathed more and focused more on just getting the ball in and not hard shots. We attacked when we needed to do and won and we knew that was what we needed to keep doing to win.”

“Last year we got cancelled so this is the first time I got any wins or medals at this tournament. It means a lot to me for us to win, because this our tournament coming from Baytown. Everyone looks at Sterling as being a good Baytown team.”

Caroline Wells and Graceanne Carsey finished second after dropping to Dickinson in the A girls doubles finals.

The Goose Creek Memorial program was bolstered by the performance of its A mixed doubles team of Nikko Lagrada and Lily Cisneros who fell in the title match and Nathan Loose who captured the A consolation top spot.

“Nathan lost his first match but went on to win the consolation side of the bracket today,” GCM head coach Ismael Dutchover said. “I’m proud of the consistency he’s shown this spring.”

Robert E. Lee was sparked by Kristian Garza and Michelle Ortega who advanced to the consolation finals of the B mixed doubles after a first-round loss.

The were beaten by Pearland Dawson in the final.

“I’m proud of the resilience they showed and their effort,” Brandon Funderburg said. “They have really improved this season and making a finals is a result of their hard work.”

The Barbers Hill team enjoyed its day in the sun as it too saw some top results.

The B girls doubles team of Makalya Trevino and Autumn Walker took its flight title while the B mixed team of Emily Tilton and Stephen Wong also brought home the honors of being the best on the day.

In A mixed doubles, Sydney Underwood and Mason Daniels lost to Baytown Sterling in the finals, while Alden Sandate and Bo Rhodes won the consolation draw of the B boys doubles. 

“We also had a good showing from A girls singles London King,” Barbers Hill head coach Tyler Thames. “Overall it was a very good day for the Eagles as we inch closer to the district tournament. I was very pleased with the effort we put forth today.”

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