The tennis season ended on Tuesday for Glen Rose High School at the Region I-4A tournament at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, but not before a tough boys singles battle that lasted more than 3-1/2 hours and included two tie-breakers.
Unseeded Glen Rose sophomore Harrison Hawkins took on the No. 4 seed in the opening round of the boys singles draw. The player from Fort Stockton, a senior, edged out Hawkins, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5.
The other regional qualifiers from Glen Rose were Sophie and Emma Bozarth, who qualified for the regional tournament in girls doubles. They also lost in the opening round, to an unseeded team from Abilene Wylie, 6-1, 6-0.
Both the Fort Stockton boys singles player and the girls doubles duo from Abilene Wylie earned third place in the regional tourney and will be state tournament alternates.
Hawkins was making his second straight appearance in the regional tournament, after also qualifying last year as a freshman.
“Harrison dug deep, fighting for over 3-1/2 hours,” Glen Rose tennis coach Gregger Yeager stated. “(It was) a very close match from two very good players. In the end, the senior from Fort Stockton just made fewer mistakes.”
Glen Rose also had three others who made the trip, as alternates, but they didn’t get to play. They were the team of senior Grace Morris and junior Briley Green in mixed doubles, and Amanda Sjoholm in girls singles. They were third-place finishers in their respective divisions in the District 8-4A tournament. Hawkins and the Bozarth sisters both were district champions.