On Feb. 20, Fort Stockton hosted a junior varsity and small school varsity tennis tournament with teams from Marathon, Wink, Reagan County, Sonora, Ozona, Seminole, Sanderson, Alpine, Kermit, San Angelo, Pecos, Fort Davis and Monahans. The Panther tennis team dominated, finishing in first place overall.
Leading the way were sophomores Sabina Galindo and Maira Sanches, who finished first and second in girls singles. Freshmen Audrey Gonzales and Mallorie Crenshaw finished second in girls doubles and Stephanie Galindo and Leianna Ureste finished third. In boys doubles, Colton King and Rueben Hurtado finished second. Also competing in boys singles were Dominic Rosas and Tanner Booe.
“They are getting better each week and their results on the courts are showing that,” said Coach Phillip Dodd. “Several of them will step into big shoes on the varsity girls side next year as seniors and Paloma Silvestre and Wesley Crockett will move on to the colege level.”
At the varsity tournament on Friday and Saturday, 12 area and non-area teams traveled to Fort Stockton to compete in the annual flighted tournament with several teams spending the night. Seminole, Del Rio, Brownfield, San Angelo Lakeview, Midland Greenwood, Pecos, Monahans, Wink, Reagan County, Sonora, San Elizario and El Paso Ysleta made up the pretty tough field. On Friday, players competed in flighted singles play with flighted doubles or mixed doubles events on Saturday.
The Fort Stockton girls team won five out of the six flights of singles on Friday and all three girls doubles events and second in both mixed doubles events on Saturday. The boys side picked up two second place finishes and two third place spots on Friday in singles and a second place in flight two boys doubles on Saturday. This was enough to run away with the team title with 172 points and a first place girls team with 101 points and second place boys with 71 points. San Elizario finished second in team play with a strong 125 points with Sonora finishing third with 107 points. Their top girl is the defending state champion in girls doubles in class 3-A. Seminole finished second on the girls side with 56 points and San Elizario won the boys bracket with 93 points.
In mixed doubles, first place went to the team of Silvestre and D. Sanchez and second place to the team of Carrillo and Pacheco.