From Staff Reports
JACKSONVILLE — It was a day of highlights and heartbreaks for the Tigers at the District 16-4A tennis tournament in Jacksonville Monday.
In boys doubles play, the two Tigers entries advanced to the finals, where they will face one another. Ben Crocker and Jonathan Caston will face teammates Tyler Schultz and Brandon Levenson Tuesday for the district title.
Also, in girls singles, Autumn Grounds in the championship, advancing to face top-seeded Ellie Day of Jacksonville Tuesday. Melany Betancourt lost to Day in the other semifinals match, and will play for third place and an alternate's spot at regionals, set for the University of Texas-Arlington. She could get a chance at second with high school's playback rule, but Day must beat Grounds.
Maggie Phinney and Caroline Kennemore made it to the girls doubles semifinals, but fell in a tough match to a team from Nacogdoches, coach Chad White said. They will play for third place Tuesday, and a possible playback opportunity to move back up to second.
In mixed doubles, Eric Melton and Michelle Cho also made it to the semifinals, but lost to the top seed from Whitehouse. They too play for third and a playback chance.
In boys singles, Christian Minniear lost to the No. 2 seed in the semifinals, and will play for third place, and a possible playback.
Tuesday's final day of action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.