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    Goliad junior in final at state tennis tournament



    Goliad's Ryder Billo practices at the school's tennis court's on Wednesday 24. Billo will be competing in the state tennis tournament at College Station next week.

    Goliad's Ryder Billo practices at the school's tennis court's on Wednesday 24. Billo will be competing in the state tennis tournament at College Station next week.

    COLLEGE STATION - It's almost too easy for Ryder Billo.

    The Goliad junior breezed through the first two rounds of the Class 2A state tennis tournament in boys singles, beating Merkel's Chase LeBlanc 6-0, 6-1 and Whitesboro's Jamison Burch 6-2, 6-2, setting up a finals match with Tuscola Jim Ned's Reese Cook at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    Cook has survived to get to this point, having been taken to a tiebreaker in the first set of the first round and rallying to win his semifinal match 1-6, 6-4, 8-6.

    The mixed doubles pairing of Shannon Mikesky and Aristides Espinosa from Schulenburg won their quarterfinal match against Whitney's Kelsey Leech and William Martin by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (3). Their semifinal match against Tulia's Carlos Subealdea and Madison Hoelting was suspended because of rain for a brief time, but play was resumed later in the evening. Subealdea and Hoelting defeated Mikesky and Espinosa 6-1, 6-1.

    Other participants from the Crossroads were not as fortunate. Hallettsville doubles pair Tracie Smolik and Hannah Guevara lost their opening round match to the top-seeded girls double team, Wall's Sarah Adams and Shanna Collett, by a score of 6-4, 6-2.

    Wharton's Holi Reynolds lost in the opening round of the Class 3A girls singles tournament, falling to Delaney Schroeder of Abilene Wylie, 6-1, 6-0.

    East Bernard boys doubles pair of Mac and Caleb Gideon fell in the first round as well, losing to the top-seeded Class 2A boys doubles team of Tyler Keel and Collin McMullen from White Oak, 6-1, 6-0.



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