The Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity tennis teams recently ended their regular spring season schedule, with several of the teams’ members advancing to the upcoming Regional round.
The teams traveled to compete at the UIL District 15-4A District Tennis Meet, held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-4, at Longview High School. Bullard competed against teams representing Spring Hill, Gladewater, Chapel Hill, and Gilmer.
Overall, the Bullard tennis programs were able to take home a third place program finish, with the Panthers securing a second place finish, while the Lady Panther team claimed a third place finish.
The top award for the Bullard tennis teams was given to Dylan Sloan, who claimed a first place finish and District Championship title in Boys Singles, and will be the lone athlete in the program to advance to the Regional meet,
“The boys played really well at District,” said Josh Boyd, BHS tennis coach. “We had a lot of returning players which helped us to lock up second place. Dylan played very well and wasn’t really challenged during District. He should be ranked well and has a great shot at playing at State, if he keeps working.”
Jackson Peer also claimed a fourth place finish for the Panther tennis program in Boys Singles, while Robbie Peacoack and Camden Cowart placed fourth, and Colton Berryhill and James Cross took home seventh place, both in Boys Doubles.
Likewise, the Lady Panthers were also able to earn high placements at the UIL District 15-4A District Tennis Meet, with Hailey Minton finishing third in Girls Singles and qualifying for Regionals as an alternate.
“Hailey is a two-sport athlete and balances them well,” said Boyd. “She came back from basketball and was a little sick, but she fought hard. Her district match was really back-and-forth. She ended up losing the first set but hung in there to come back and win.”
Kallie Hardin and Belle Ertl also claimed recognition as Regional alternates after securing a third place finish in Girls Doubles.
“Belle is our only senior girl and she went to Regionals last year,” said Boyd. She played a tough semifinal against Spring Hill and lost only by a few points. I am proud how they came together and supported each other as a team. All teams in district have really good girls tennis players, and it was a battle the whole way through.”
Sarah Provencher secured an eighth place finish for the team in Girls Singles at District, while Olivia Hayes and Victoria Vidal placed fourth in Girls Doubles.
In Mixed Doubles play, the program was represented by Alex Breedlove and Houston Hodges, claiming a fifth place finish, and Caroline Calhoon and Sunni Magan, taking sixth place.
BHS tennis players advancing to the Regional meet will compete Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, at Longview High School.