— By GREG WEBB
Area athletes turn their attention, and skills, southward this week as the University Interscholastic League (UIL) will hold tennis and golf state tournaments at various venues.
Parker County student-athletes will collectively form an area entourage, though all will not be heading similar directions at the same time.
The UIL State Tennis Championships will be held at two different sites, with Class 4A and Class 5A netters converging on the Penick-Allison Tennis Center at the University of Texas, in Austin. Aledo will send the boys doubles team of Ryan Howell and Rob Haines to the 4A bracket.
The Class 1A through 3A championships will contested at Texas A&M’s Tennis Center in College Station.
Poolville will send senior Heather Henson to vie in the Class 1A girls’ singles division. Henson, the first female from Poolville High School to win a regional championship, makes a return visit to the state tourney, competing in girls’ double last year.
Joining Henson in College Station will be three members of the Brock varsity tennis team, with entries in boys’ singles and boys’ doubles.
Senior Dalton Boles lived up to his top-seed rating at the Class 2A Region II tournament, beating the third seed from Jarrell and Whitesboro’s second seed to earn his trip to College Station.
In boys’ doubles, Brock’s Tyler Davis and Caleb Guyon will also enter the state meet as Region II champions, beating top seeded Callisburg after besting three other teams at regionals.
Other area Class 2A netters will also attend the tourney, as alternates. Brock’s Tobi Prater was unseeded entering regional play in girls’ singles, but made her way through a seeded player in straight sets to catch the defending state champ in the semi-final match. Losing there, Prater earned her region’s third place and state alternate designation by beating Millsap’s Morgan Strickland in a tough, 3-set match.
Also earning spots as state alternates, with a third-place regional finish were the Peaster mixed doubles team of Reid Adams and Hannah Ford.
All classifications at the State Tournament will play quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Monday, with the finals set for Tuesday.
If Boles and Guyon both reach the Tuesday tennis finals, they will have one day of rest before donning spikes to play in the UIL State Golf Tournament. The pair will join the balance of the Brock boys’ golf team, consisting of D’Lynn Roach, Logan Wagner and Matt Williams.
The Class 2A Tournament will be played Thursday and Friday at the Roy Kizer Golf Course, in Austin. Also in the 2A field, in the girls’ division, will be Millsap senior Lauren Power, a medalist in Region II competition.
The Aledo girls’ golf team also earned a trip to state, and will play on Monday and Tuesday in Class 4A competition. The team of Quincy Ballard, Taryn Pittman, Savannah Moody, Taylor Brookshire and Elizabeth Boll will tee off at Austin’s Onion Creek Golf Club Monday morning.
2013 UIL State Tennis Tournament
First-round pairings - Mon. Apr. 29
Texas A&M Tennis Center
Class 1A — Girls: Singles
Heather Henson - Poolville vs. Caitlin Rothe - Knippa — 8 a.m.
Class 2A — Boys: Singles
Dalton Boles - Brock vs.
Hayden Smith , Hughes Springs 8 a.m.
Class 2A — Boys: Doubles
Tyler Davis / Caleb Guyon - Brock vs. Rhett Jones / Will Adams - Wall — 10 a.m.
Penick-Allison Tennis Center,
University of Texas at Austin
Class 4A — Boys: Doubles
Clay Patterson / Zach Williams, Georgetown vs. Ryan Howell / Rob Raines - Aledo
— 10:15 a.m.
2013 UIL State Golf Tournament
Class 2A - May 2-3 - Roy Kizer GC
Lauren Power — Millsap
Class 4A - April 29-30 - Onion Creek GC