It took a tiebreaker to top them, but Vanguard’s tennis duo of Evan Mastin and Graham Gardner came tantalizingly close to a state title on Tuesday.
Mastin and Gardner reached the final of the Class 4A boys doubles at the TAPPS state tennis tournament at the Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center. But they fell just shy of gold, as Fort Worth Lake Country’s tandem of Zachary Harper and Ray Clark outlasted the Viking pair, 7-5, 5-7, 10-7.
Vanguard’s duo won three consecutive matches in straight sets at the tournament to reach the final, including two matches where they dropped only one game combined. They were two-time district champions in a career that concluded Tuesday, as both are seniors.
Elsewhere at the TAPPS tennis tourney, Vanguard’s Trey Cofer won his opening state match before falling in the quarterfinals in 4A boys singles. In Class 2A girls singles, Live Oak’s Amber Rhodes lost her state opener to Lubbock All Saints’ Lena Tello, 6-1, 6-2.
Live Oak also qualified two entries in 2A boys singles – Jonathan Cox and Luke Garst. Cox dropped his opening match Wednesday in straight sets, while Garst won over Conrad Small of Lubbock All Saints, 6-0, 6-1, to advance to the next round. In 2A boys doubles, Live Oak’s DJ Burfischer and Levi Hobbs fell in a straight-sets loss to a team from Texoma Christian School in Sherman.