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Middle School Tennis "District Champs"

posted May 28, 2013, 6:15 AM by Barbara Honea   [ updated May 28, 2013, 6:20 AM ]
TEAM MEMBERS:                                                                                                                                   
Front row (from left):  Bryana French, Haley Baker, Stephanie Santiago, Angelica Rios, Allyson Wilkins, Jordan BUtts and Alexis Smith. 
Second row:  Daniela Stewart, Delaney Johnson, Ally Venable, Kaitlin Word, Lindsay Garcia, Shrina Patel, Joselyn Reyes and Tricia Still. 
Third row:  Dylan Foxworth, Kaden Watkins, Santiago Amaro, Derick Park, Arath Sanchez, Troy Jones,Oren Cummings, Ian St. Clair, and Avery Barnes.
Back row: Graham Tyra, Johnny Estrella, Jesus Gonzales, Tucker Konzak, Walker Langley, Justin Dunn, Cullen Ray, Ttrese Sheffield, Hunter Fyffe, David Chavarria, and coach Dana Sneed 
MLMS Tennis team goes undefeated 10-0 for the season, winning District 16-3A championship at Spring Hill, Great Job!  "GO DOGS"
The team of seventh and eighth graders, coached by Dana Sneed, won 269 out of 302 individual matches, an 89 percent win ratio.  The boys won 84 percent of their matches, the girls an astounding 95 percent.Their opposition included Nacogdoches, Jacksonville, two teams from Marchall, Lindale, Bullard, Grace Commuinty (Tyler), White Oak, Whitehouse and Tyler-Moore Magnate School.  MLMS also competed in tournaments on the road at Wills Point, Jacksonville, Nacogodoches and Longview.
Mr. Sneed stated that this year's group of athletes have been the most dedicated I have ever worked with. Many spending hours after school practicing on their own and many days at the MLMS tennis courts till 5 or 6 o'clock in the evening. They are very coachable, mannerly and pleasant to work with. Talking tennis in the hallways, encouraging each other and doing what is asked without complaining, basically a coach's dream in every respect.
Over the last four years, MLMS has a 52-1 record. Several alltime and individual records have been set.