WACO — Waco Midway finished as champion in boys and girls at the District 8-5A tennis tournament Tuesday, with Harker Heights’ teams coming in second and Belton’s third.
Harker Heights will have two players — Madu Eneli and Madison Sieber — competing in the regional tournament next week in Lubbock.
Both advanced after losing their singles matches. Eneli lost to Chad Wampler of Midway 6-2, 6-3, and Sieber fell to Nadia Sadri of Temple 6-4, 6-4.
Also in boys singles, Ellison’s Christian Manalang defeated Heights’ Hamza Khan 6-2, 6-3 for third place. Lauren Nix of Midway defeated Tanae Kennedy of Ellison 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 for third place in girls singles.
Harker Heights’ boys double team of Eric Hamilton and Andrew Loughran lost to Belton 6-0, 6-3.
The Heights mixed doubles team of Carson Lesperance and Luis Covarrubias lost to Midway 6-2, 6-2.
Patrick Henry named Belton head swim coach
BELTON — In a special meeting held Tuesday night, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Patrick Henry as the district’s next aquatics coordinator and head swim coach.
Henry comes to Belton from Coppell, where he had been the head swim coach since 2007. At Coppell, his swimmers set 18 school records and turned in three All-America performances.
Henry has been voted district coach of the year 19 times and regional coach of the year eight times. He was the 1998 Boys State Coach of the Year and the 2000 Girls State Coach of the Year.
Patrick replaces Michael Burt, who will retire at the end of the school year.
Salado golf teams sweep District 16-2A golf titles
SALADO — The Salado boys and golf teams swept the District 16-2A championships Tuesday at Mill Creek Golf Club.
Dalton Hankamer led a 1-2-3 Salado sweep of the top three in the boys tournament. Dane Hankamer was second and Javier Cruz-Cortes third. Other members of the boys team are Kyle Heiner and Kase Spears.
Ellis Van Sickle also qualified as a regional medalist.
Salado’s Sarah Colley won the girls tournament. Kate Goldsmith placed third.
Other members of the Lady Eagles squad are Kristin Couch, Rachel Ray and Molly Rodeffer.
Both teams advance to the regional tournament next week at Legends Country Club in Stephenville. The girls will play Monday and Tuesday and the boys on Wednesday and Thursday.
Two Salado doubles teams advance to tennis regional
Salado is sending two doubles teams to the regional tournament April 14-17 in Stephenville.
McKayla Hodge and Paige Taylor qualified with a runner-up finish in the District 16-2A tournament Tuesday.
In boys doubles, Derek Wales and Ben Moreno also finished second.
Shoemaker’s Johnson named THSCA All-Star
Shoemaker senior guard Shane Johnson will have another shot to compete against the best from across the Lone Star State.
Johnson on Tuesday was named to the Texas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star Game. He will suit up for the North All-Stars at 7 p.m. on July 21 at the Alamo Convention Center in San Antonio.
As a senior, Johnson helped the Grey Wolves (21-8) finish second in District 8-5A, averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game.
Johnson was named to the first team of both the Killeen Daily Herald’s All-Area team and the 8-5A all-district team.
UMHB women's golf wins West Region Invitational
Georgetown — The Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s golf team fought off windy conditions and held off the rest of the field as it rolled to the team title at the West Region Invitational on Tuesday.
In winds gusting as high as 35 mph at Berry Creek Country Club, the Cru’s 329 team score was 28 shots worse than the day before, but good enough to finish at 630 and top runner-up Texas-Tyler (323) by 13 shots.
UMHB’s Victoria Thane won the individual title, shooting an 82 to finish at 157. She edged teammate Taylor O’Rear (79-79—158) and Southwestern’s Ali Walden (77-81) by one stroke.