Brownwood settles for five third-place finishes at 6-4A tennis tournament

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin
Brittney Blake (pictured) and teammate Rosie Cadena defeated fellow Lady Lions Emma Sharpe and Katherine Bautista for third place in girls doubles at the District 6-4A tennis tournament, which concluded Tuesday.

The Brownwood High tennis team was presented with a pair of playback opportunities to earn berths in the Region I-4A tournament, but at the completion of Tuesday’s District 6-4A event state powerhouse Abilene Wylie had locked up all 10 berths.

In girls singles action, Lady Lion Delaney Bennett defeated teammate Bailey Bishop in the third-place match, 7-5, 6-3. Wylie’s Kaitlyn Hawthorn knocked off teammate Morgan Shackmuth (6-4, 5-7, 6-1) in the final, and since Shackmuth and Bennett had not crossed paths in the tournament, a playback was in order. Bennett, however, came up short in her bid to finish second as Shackmuth emerged with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

The same situation took place in boys doubles action as Lions Casey Shannon and Zach Hall upended teammates Bennie Salazar and Nate Bryant (6-2, 6-2). Meanwhile, Wylie’s Nital Patel and Max Tadrick trumped Reese Allen and Noah Santee. In the playback match, however, Shannon and Hall came up short as Allen and Santee advanced, 6-2, 6-4.

There were no playbacks in the remaining three draws, where Brownwood added three more bronze medals to run its tally to five.

Brittney Blake and Rosie Cadena defeated Katherine Bautista and Emma Sharpe (7-5, 2-6, 6-2) in girls doubles, while the championship match saw Wylie’s Ashley Smyser and Emily Corn pummel Haleigh Bumann and Shaili Shah (6-0, 6-0).

In boys singles competition, Kaden Thompson outlasted teammate Matthew Thompson, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the third-place match, while Wylie’s Henry Touchton routed Nikhil Kalla, 6-0, 6-1.

And in mixed doubles action, Brownwood’s Josh Dean and Karina Garcia edged Phillip Trowbridge and Illiana Arenivas, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. for third place. Meanwhile, Wylie’s Jared Clemmer and Sabra Zullo swept Spencer Lin and Rachel McMillan 6-2, 6-3 to decide first and second place.