GODLEY — Following a third consecutive lopsided victory against 7-4A competition, the Brownwood High tennis team has put itself in the driver’s seat for the program’s first district championship since 2002.
Following victories of 19-0 over both Mineral Wells and Glen Rose, the Lions and Lady Lions wrapped up the first half league action with a 17-2 triumph over Godley Tuesday.
“It’s exciting to see the kids grow and face the challenges they have had up to this point,” said Brownwood first-year head coach Crystal Blazek. “Our goal of a district championship is one more round away.”
The Lions won all nine of their matches — six singles and three doubles.
Collecting singles victories were No. 1 Gabe Hinojosa (6-3, 6-4 over Brandon Hutto), No. 2 Mo Goff (6-3, 6-4 over Garrett Bell), No. 3 James Bautista (6-3, 6-2 over Jaden Beha), No. 4 Cameron Smith (6-2, 7-5 over Colin Workman), No. 5 Tanner Scull (6-0, 6-2 over Cole Stinson) and No. 6 Oscar Ledezma (6-0, 6-1 over Travis Marable).
Picking up wins in doubles competition were No. 1 Hinojosa and Goff (6-0, 6-1 over Hutto and Bell), No. 2 Bautista and Scull (6-0, 6-0 over Beha and Stinson) and No. 3 Smith and Matthew Bundick (6-2, 6-1 over Workman and Marable).
The Lady Lions chipped in seven victories for the cause.
Notching singles wins were No. 1 Piper Barberie (6-1, 6-0 over Kailey Schroeder), No. 3 Lillian Jonescue (6-2, 6-1 over Claire Hampton), No. 4 Kaytlin Welch (6-2, 6-1 over Gracie Dolan), No. 5 Aaliyah Uvalle (6-1, 6-3 over Preslee Johnson) and No. 6 Kaylee Renfroe (6-1, 6-0 over Lily Thompson).
Triumphant in girls doubles competition were No. 2 Mckinzie Adkins and Hannah Netherland (6-1, 6-3 over Claire Hampton and Dolan) and No. 3 Renfroe and Uvalle (6-3, 6-0 over Johnson and Chloe Hampton).
Brownwood also captured the mixed doubles match, with the win going to Ledezma and Jonescue (6-0, 6-0 over Thompson and Tristen Gilliam).
The Lions and Lady Lions (13-2, 3-0) return to district action Sept. 27 at Glen Rose. Brownwood is slated to face Big Spring and Snyder Saturday in Sweetwater in matches that were rained out on Sept. 1.