HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: Rockdale tandem reaches state final

COLLEGE STATION — Rockdale’s mixed doubles team of Blake King and Erin Blanchard won a pair of matches Thursday at the UIL Class 3A state tournament to reach today’s final.

King and Blanchard won 6-2, 6-2 over Peaster’s Joao Bartoncello and Kennedy Warren before blanking Whitesboro’s Scott Gautier and Morgan Portman 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.

The King-Blanchard tandem plays for the state title at 1:45 p.m. today on the Texas A&M campus.

COLLEGE GOLF: UMHB men seventh heading into final round of national tourney

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Mary Hardin-Baylor shot its highest round of the week Thursday and slipped from sixth to seventh place after the third round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships.

The Crusaders (304-298-305) trail leader Wittenberg (298-290-299) by 20 strokes at Mission Inn Resort, where Guilford (300-293-296) is second followed by Huntingdon (293-291-306), Texas-Tyler (296-305-290), Greensboro (300-297-294) and Hope (306-299-298).

“Being a significant distance from the leaders entering the final round wasn’t where we hoped to be,” UMHB coach Jordan Cox said. “That said, the fight our guys showed on the final nine today was something exceptional. We will take that same spirit, which has helped us to so many successes this year, into tomorrow’s final round. These guys aren’t finished.”

Jarrod Brown (72-76-75) posted the low round of the day for the Crusaders and is tied for 22nd in the individual standings, six strokes behind co-leaders Sam Hill (74-73-70) of UT-Tyler and Brad Lankler (72-74-72) of Franklin & Marshall.

Mats Heien (75-73-76), Mason Wyatt (76-77-77), Alden Fortner (88-72-78) and Kyle Revis (81-80-77) completed UMHB’s scores.

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