The CHS tennis team dominated the courts last week.
The girls team won the district championship overall and the boys were runner up. Tennis Coach Christy Lenard was named 4A Coach of the year.
“I was honored at getting 4A coach of the year,” Lenard said. “But I give my players all the credit.”
CHS had two players qualify for state in tennis, Jayden Thurmon, the district champion in girls singles, and Brian Thomas, the runner up in boys singles.
“They are great athletes and great kids all around. They are committed to working hard and it pays off in the end,” Lenard said.
The CHS tennis team traveled to Dumas last week to compete in district. Thurmon, Jenna Cate Roberts, Mary-Kate Armstrong, Kirsten Thurman, Ali Rindt and Carson Grannon were there to represent the girls. Thomas and Robert Jackson were there to represent the boys.
Roberts and Thurmon competed in singles, and both were seeded high enough for a bye. Roberts was seeded third, but lost to Start City in the quarter finals. Thurmon was the number one seed going into the district tournament, and her first match was against Hamburg. Thurmon won 6-1 and 6-3. In the semi-finals, Thurmon played Warren and won 3 sets. In the final round Thurmon played against Dumas and won 6-1 and 6-3 making her the 2017 district champion.
“After a nerve racking match that almost didn’t allow me to win, I was very relieved that my hard work paid off,” Thurmon said. “I have improved more in my mental game rather than actual physical part of it. Instead of giving up and getting down on myself, I just kept a focused mindset and played hard.”
In doubles, Armstrong played with Thurman and Rindt with Grannon. Grannon and Rindt had a bye the first round, but Armstrong and Thurman played Warren. Armstrong and Thurman won their first round, but lost to Dumas in the quarter finals. Rindt and Grannon were seeded high enough for a first round bye. They beat Warren in the first round, but lost to Monticello in the quarter finals. Grannon and Rindt did get to play an additional match against Monticello to compete for third place, but they lost 3-6 and 6-7. The loss put Grannon and Rindt in fourth place, just shy of qualifying for state.
Thomas and Jackson competed in boys singles, and Thomas was the number two seed giving him a first round bye. Jackson won his first round against Star City, but lost to Dumas in the quarter finals. Thomas beat Hamburg in the quarter finals, Monticello in the semi-finals, but lost to Dumas in the championship. Thomas is the district runner up and will compete in state.
Brian Thomas was a district champion last year and said even though he is excited about state, he is disappointed about second place in district.
“I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get first place like I did last year, but I am looking forward to going back to state,” Thomas said.
Lenard said the overall champions are determined by total points. Lenard said Thurmon and Thomas will represent the team at state in Russellville on Oct. 16.
“They played hard and had a long two days, but they did great and represented Crossett well,” Lenard said.