By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
Inclement weather has affected most of the spring sports, with tennis falling right in line.
The Bulldawgs did make it down to the Corpus Christi Invitational last weekend, and had the program's best showing since 2003, coach Paul Talbett said.
"Our goal is to get as many people as we can out of district and get them in the right position and play at a higher level," he said.
"And Corpus is definitely one of the better tournaments around to go to, because who doesn't want to go to Corpus in the springtime and play?"
Cove's Varsity Gold finished fifth out of 20 in the tournament's Championship Division, while the Varsity Blue place fourth out of 18 in the Tournament Division.
"The level of competition is very high, so to finish in the top five in both divisions, we're pretty happy with that," Talbett said.
In the Championship Division, Malika Bembridge finished third in girls singles, going 4-1 overall with her loss a 3-set defeat in the semifinals.
Tiffany Leuthner and Leighton Bennett went 4-1 in mixed doubles, taking ninth place.
Cove's other top-10 finish went to Eric Juarez and Tim Ortner in boys doubles, as the two went 4-1 to take ninth place.
In the Tournament Division were, Jessica Brown and Travon Achmad took fourth in mixed doubles, while Ashley Andrews and Kaitlyn Horengic lost their girls doubles' opener but won the consolation bracket.
Six powerlifters go to regionals
Cove will send five girls and one boys to the powerlifting regional meets Saturday, with the Lady Dawgs competing at Elgin Middle School, and Matt Hall (132 pounds), Cove's lone representative on the boy's side, heading to Dripping Springs High School.
Both meets begin at 9 a.m.
Lindsey Chisolm (97), Alicia Drever (105), Jinea Witter (123), April Maher (147) and Ashleigh Andrews (165) all advanced for the Lady Dawgs.
The girls' state meet is March 19 in Corpus Christi, with the boys' meet March 28 in Abilene.
Boys bowling headed to regionals
The Dawgs (8-2) finished second in the Central Texas Bowling District and advanced to Region V tournament Saturday at Killeen's Hallmark Lanes.
The tournament begins at noon with Cove, top-seed Harker Heights and Ellison moving on from the Central Texas district, joining teams from the Austin Capitol and Dallas Central districts.
The top four teams advance to the state meet, which is scheduled for March 27-28 at Bandera Super Bowl in San Antonio.
The Lady Dawgs (4-6) finished fourth in district and just missed a regional berth, as the top three teams (Ellison, Heights and Shoemaker) advanced.
Softball takes fourth in Waco
The Lady Bulldawgs lost in the third-place game at Waco Tournament, falling to Grand Prairie 4-3 to split two games Saturday.
Cove beat Killeen 6-4 earlier in the day.
Sisters Justine and Ashley Hartwell were both named to the all-tournament team. Justine averaged a hit per game during tournament play, while Ashley picked up the win against Killeen.
She played shortstop the entire tournament as Cove was without senior Shaba Brown, who was absent due to a death in the family.
Former Lady Dawg honored
Leslie Martinez (class of 2009) was named the Freshman of the Year and all-conference first team by the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.
A freshman at Collin County Junior College in Plano, Martinez led the Cougars to an 18-10 record and berth in the Region V Tournament.
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