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The Hondo mixed doubles team of seniors Mercedez Trinidad (above) and Eli Heyen (below), for the second straight year, are UIL 3A State Bronze Medalists, reaching the semifinals last week at Blossom Tennis Center in San Antonio.

Hondo mixed doubles earns bronze at state for second year in a row


By Jeff Berger

Anvil Herald Publisher


     San Antonio -- Out of the four local entries in the UIL State Tennis Tournament, one recorded a match victory, earning a state bronze medal at Blossom Tennis Center.

     The Hondo mixed doubles team of seniors Eli Heyen/Mercedez Trinidad, for the second straight year, was a 3A state semifinalist.

Each of the other entries – Hondo’s Ava Lowe in 3A girls’ singles, and from D’Hanis, the boys’ doubles team of Wyatt Rothe/Brady Herndon and the mixed doubles team of Kenny Arnett/Abby Arnett – all exited in the quarterfinals, but all put up strong battles.

The Hondo doubles team took care of business in their Thursday, May 16, midday quarterfinal match, defeating a team from Little River Academy, Davis Fossett/Madalyn Hammonds, 6-1, 6-2.

     Their semifinal match, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, was doused by a five-minute cloudburst, which forced the postponement of all afternoon matches until Friday morning, May 17. 

     Facing the Brock team of Sariah Ellestad/Kelan Williams, the Owls fell in two sets, 6-2, 6-1.

    Lowe, the first Hondo freshman ever to advance to the state tourney, gave a strong performance in her quarterfinal match, before falling 6-1, 6-3 to Madelyn Hamilton of McGregor.

     Arnett/Arnett took on the Patton Springs mixed doubles team of Toryan Childers/Diezel Ramirez in their quarterfinal match, falling by a score of 6-2, 6-4.

     In boys doubles, Rothe/Herndon split sets with the eventual silver medalists from Robert Lee, Brenner Sherwood/Brayden Sherwood.  The Sherwoods won the first set 6-3, with D’Hanis holding off a rally in the second set, winning 7-6, with a 7-4 tiebreaker. The Robert Lee team found another gear in the third set, winning 6-0.

     In both of the 1A brackets where D’Hanis was involved, the state champion came from D’Hanis’ district. The boys’ doubles champion was Luke Leavelle/Lawson Leavelle of Utopia, and in mixed doubles, the Nueces Canyon pair of Gabriella Luce/Charlie Perez was state champ. Utopia had another gold medalist in the girls’ doubles team of Meagan Cole/Kinsley Cox, which defeated Knippa’s McKenzie Speer/Madison Speer in the finals.


State 3A quarterfinalist Ava Lowe is the first Hondo High School freshman to reach the state tourney.


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