Both Guyer and Denton will have representatives at the Class 4A Region I tournament at Abilene’s Rose Park Tennis Center on April 15-16 after advancing out of the District 5-4A tournament Thursday at TCU in Fort Worth.
In boys doubles, Guyer’s Kolos Urbanyi and Parker Metcalf, the top-seeded team entering the tournament, rolled through the bracket to claim the district championship — the first in Guyer tennis history — and a likely top seed in the regional tournament. The duo beat Wichita Falls Rider in the final on Thursday 6-1, 7-5 to claim the title.
In girls doubles, Guyer’s Megan Poe and Alex Rodriguez entered the tournament as the top seed but lost to Fort Worth Brewer in the final 5-7, 6-0, 6-4, forcing a playback match against Wichita Falls, which the Guyer duo won 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the regional tournament as the second seed out of 5-4A.
“When you’re the No. 1 seed [in the tournament], you have extra pressure to live up to your seeding,” Guyer head coach Ron Rogers said. “With the girls, they had to fight that adversity, which in the long run could help them immensely in regionals.
“Sometimes it’s good to meet your demons early and get past that. They worked it out and came back out in that playback match and played really well.”
Denton’s Alex Clerihew advanced to Thursday’s championship match but was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by top-seeded Adam Dockery from Wichita Falls. Clerihew, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, still claimed a spot in the regional tournament with his second-place finish.
Rogers is happy to see his program finally break through and get a chance to play in the regional tournament, and he hopes a state tournament berth is in his program’s near future.
Rogers has coached state champions in a previous stop at Hobbs (N.M.) and several players in regional and state tournaments during previous stops at Uvalde and Conroe Oak Ridge.
“We’ve had a lot of third places [at Guyer], even when we were in 5A,” Rogers said. “We were always right there. The kids don’t know regionals, but every year I’ve coached before I came to Guyer, I’ve been to regional and state tournaments, and it’s one of those things you want those kids to feel.
“Once they take a bite of that apple, they start getting hungry. The younger kids see that. Getting that first one is kind of a snowball effect.
“I’m reallly excited for these kids. It’s been a long time coming.”