Glen Rose High School’s 2018 fall team tennis schedule is underway, and coach Gregger Yeager has a wide range of experience available on the squad in only the third year for the fall sport at the school.
“On the girls side, we have a lot of upperclassmen,” Yeager said. “I think we should have a very solid girls varsity group this year. The boys (outlook) will be a bit tougher.”
In the latest District 7-4A match, Sept. 27 at Brownwood, Carson Osborn was the lone Glen Rose player who posted a win, taking his match 7-6 (3), 4-6, (10-5).
Yeager said that Brownwood should be the team to beat in order to win the district team tennis championship.
“I think we’re going to have a good, exciting year,” Yeager said, noting that this is only the third year that Glen Rose has competed in team tennis.
There are only four teams in the district for fall team tennis, so all four will advance to the bi-district playoffs, Oct. 15-16.
The four schools that play team tennis in District 7 are Mineral Wells, Godley, and Brownwood along with Glen Rose. Stephenville would be in that district alignment, but is not participating in team tennis. The schools also have spring tennis, but not in the team tennis format.
Senior standout Harrison Hawkins already has two years of varsity excellence behind him, going unbeaten the past two seasons in team tennis singles play for the Tigers. In spring individual tennis last year, Hawkins placed fourth in the regional tournament.
“He’s just an outstanding singles player. You can’t deny that,” Yeager said. “He has great dedication to the sport, and he’s also a very intelligent young man.”
Harrison is recovering from an injury to his left wrist, however, but Yeager said that the plan was to have him back on the court for the second-round district matchup against Godley, which was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4.
Other top returning boys are juniors Charlie Simons, Carson Osborne and Parker Simmons. Simmons was on the junior varsity last year.
Yeager noted that Simons has been “working hard over the summer.”
Cash Bryan is a junior who moved to Glen Rose from Granbury and should help on the varsity boys side.
“He’ll be able to help us,” Yeager said.
For the GRHS girls, senior Natalie Lacey was the Lady Tigers’ top singles player last spring, despite the fact that she only began playing the sport earlier that year.
Also for the Lady Tigers, senior Ashley Mena and junior Abby Green round out the top three contributing at the varsity level. Freshman Hazel Hawkins, Harrison’s younger sister, is the only underclassman on the squad.