Tennis Advances to State, Track Advances to Area


Photo by Kylie Hester

Senior Zaniya Mumphrey earns second place in shot and fifth place in Disc at the Area Track Meet. “It went really well,” Mumphrey said. “I competed really good got a PR and Can’t wait for Regionals.”

Henrique Arantes, Assistant Sports Officer in Training

Varsity tennis will compete in the state tournament on Monday at the Anne Marie Tennis Center and Northside Tennis Center at San Antonio. The varsity track and field team also competed at the Area meet on Thursday in Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, and they will compete at Regionals on Friday and Saturday.

I am extremely excited to go to the state tournament,” tennis coach Randal Nammany said. “ I feel like these players have a chance to make it all the way.”

Sophomore Emilio Rodriguez is in the top eight players in the state of Texas in 4A tennis. He will be playing boys singles at the tournament. 

“It’s a very indescribable feeling,” Rodriguez said. “All of my hard work has finally paid off, and I’m very happy about this. I’m also glad my teammates have made it here with me, and being this young going to state is also a good feeling but there’s a lot of pressure.”

Junior Taegan Michel and freshman Breanna Taylor are part of the top eight as well for doubles teams in 4A, and they will play girls’ doubles at state.

“It’s so exciting to be able to go again and have another chance to get the gold,” Michel said. “I’m just so proud of my teammate, Emilio Rodriguez, and my doubles partner, Bre Taylor, of all the hard work they have put in this season. It’s going to be so much fun.”

At the area track meet, the boys and girls qualified for the regional track meet with some of the runners and jumpers reaching first place. Overall, the boys earned third place, and the girls got 2nd place.

The meet went great,” sophomore Casey Poe said. “It was super exciting to see so many of our athletes compete for our school. I’m super pumped about making to area. I’ve worked hard all spring semester to try to make it to state, and this is the opening to that goal. I’m ready to go compete and showcase to people the talents that God has given me.”