MINERAL WELLS — The District 7-4A tennis champion Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions, fresh off their first league title in 16 years, were unable to keep their season alive in the Region I-4A area round of the playoffs Saturday.
After receiving a first-round bye due to winning the district crown, Brownwood was nipped in the second round by Burkburnett, 10-9, as the Lions and Lady Lions finished the fall campaign with a 16-3 overall record.
“It was a great season,” said Brownwood first-year tennis head coach Crystal Blazek. “The kids exceeded my expectations and I think their own, too. A lot of kids played in their first playoff experience and gave Burkburnett a run at it. It was a tough loss but we’ll be ready next year.”
Brownwood owned a 4-3 lead coming out of doubles play, but Burkburnett clawed back in singles action, winning the final match of the day to claim the victory.
Picking up singles wins for the Lions were No. 1 Gabe Hinojosa (6-4, 6-4 over Leornas) — as he finished with a 19-0 record in singles action — and No. 2 Mo Goff (6-1, 6-1 over Ruiz).
Doubles wins for the Lions were earned by No. 1 Hinojosa and Goff (6-4, 6-3 over Leornas and Lopez), No. 2 James Bautista and Tanner Scull, and No. 3 Cameron Smith and Matthew Bundick (6-3, 6-7, 10-8 over Ruiz and Alpers).
On the girls side, singles triumphs belonged the No. 1 Piper Barberie (6-1, 6-1 over Kahn), No. 2 Mckinzie Adkins (5-7, 7-5, 10-5 over Torres) and No. 5 Aaliyah Uvalle (6-4, 6-3 over Richter).
The lone Lady Lion duo with a win was No. 2 Adkins and Hannah Netherland (6-3, 4-6, 11-9 over Houge and Torres).