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Pictured with coaches Chris Schulte (back left) and David Neuman (back right) are Hondo's dozen qualifiers for the Region IV-3A tennis tournament. (Front row) Carson Petty, Sandy Cortez, Jeremy DeLeon, Cody Everett, Karson Cross. (Back row) John Bowling, TJ Johnston, Pete Rochat, Jack Rochat, Rebeca Jones, Xilo Vasquez-Lopez, Josh Currie. The Hondo boys' and girls' tennis teams both came away from last weekend's tourney as District 29-AAA champions.

Owls capture district tennis titles, as 12 players head to regionals

For the second straight year, the Hondo varsity tennis teams have captured both the girls’ and boys’ District 29-AAA championships. For the Hondo boys, it’s the fourth straight district title.

The Owls will be sending 12 tennis players to the Region IV-3A Tournament, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 16-17, at the H-E-B Tennis Center in Corpus Christi. Hondo will send both boys’ doubles teams from 29-AAA, both mixed doubles teams, both boys’ singles entries, and one girls’ doubles team.

In the boys’ doubles championship match, Jack Rochat-Pete Rochat outlasted their teammates Jeremy DeLeon-Cody Everett, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), to earn the district title, on a cool Saturday, April 5, morning at the Hondo Tennis Center.

“That match was easily the best tennis played at the district meet in the last four years,” said Hondo tennis coach Chris Schulte. “On the way to the finals, the Rochats didn’t lose a game, and DeLeon-Everett lost only two.”

Both teams are headed to regionals.

In mixed doubles, the Hondo pair of Josh Currie-Xilo Vasquez-Lopez won their finals match over Sandy Cortez-Carson Petty, also in three sets, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3. Cortez-Petty then won a playback over Harrell-Garza of Devine, 6-0, 6-3, to secure second place in district.

John Bowling won the boys’ singles title, getting past teammate TJ Johnston in the finals. Bowling didn’t lose a set leading up to the finals, while Johnston knocked out the #1 seed, Oscar Gonzalez of Devine, 6-4, 7-5, in the semifinals.

Rebeca Jones-Karson Cross of Hondo placed second in girls’ doubles, falling to the Devine team of Sostarich-Silva in the finals, 7-5, 5-7 6-2. They then had to win a playback, 6-3, 6-3, over Cortez-Rollins of Lytle to finish in the second spot.

Also from Hondo, Mari Garcia was third in girls singles, and Amber Heinlein placed fourth. The team of Mackenzie Murdoch-Samantha Escamilla played a tough match in girls’ doubles, but fell in three sets to the eventual third place team from Lytle.

This is Jack Rochat’s fourth year in a row as a varsity district champ, and Pete Rochat’s second. Jones-Cross are going to regionals for the third time, and it’s the second trip to region for DeLeon-Everett and for Johnston.



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