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Brock's Folse three-peats at state tennis

Special to the Weatherford Star-Telegram

Hana Folse
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Sometimes one word perfectly sums up a situation.

In the case of Brock junior tennis player Hana Folse, that word would be dominant.

Folse lost three games the entire postseason - games, not sets - in winning a third consecutive Class 3A state championship last week. Fittingly, she blanked Abby Alexander of Wall, 6-0, 6-0 in the girls singles final at Texas A&M University in College Station.

In her first two matches at state, Folse defeated Reagan Humphreys of Nacogdoches Central Heights, 6-0, 6-2, and Jacee Billings of Denver City, 6-1, 6-0. She had previously won District 11-3A and Region II without losing a game.

In 2014 Folse teamed with Tyler Davis to win the mixed doubles championship. Last season she won her first girls singles title.

Folse was one of six Brock competitors at state. Poolville also had four competing in the 2A State Tournament.

Senior Clayton Boles of Brock finished second in boys singles, falling to Reese Cook of Tuscola Jim Ned in the finals, 6-2, 6-1. Boles opened the tournament by defeating Kwade Boyd of Early, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and rallying to defeat Central Heights' Will Humphreys, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Boles was making his third consecutive appearance at state. He qualified in boys singles in 2014 and with Caleb Guyon in boys doubles in 2015.

Boles won district and regionals without dropping a set.

The boys doubles team of senior Logan Moon and junior Will Paschal reached the semifinals. They opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Zachary Gasca and Daniel Belmares of Altair Rice, 6-1, 6-0 before falling to eventual champions Dylan Hester and Andy Perez of Big Lake Reagan County, 6-3, 6-0.

Also in boys doubles, Brock partners junior Dylan Davis and senior Matt Hoffman likewise reached the semifinals. They defeated Jonathan Hardy and Robert Heyburn of Universal City Randolph, 6-0, 6-1 before getting ousted by Jaxton Hoelting and Carlos Subeoldea of Tulia, 6-2, 6-2.

Davis was a state qualifier last season in boys doubles with Daniel Harper. Moon was a state qualifier last season in mixed doubles with Bailey Nichols.

Prior to the University Interscholastic League Tournament, Brock finished second in the Texas Tennis Coaches Association State Tournament, their third consecutive year to reach the finals. They won the title in 2015.

They also won enough matches to win the UIL team state title in 3A.

"It was a great year," Brock coach Kevin Folse said. "We could not be more pleased with our team and our kids individually. Awesome year."

Coach Folse is leaving Brock after this season for a position at the Southlake Tennis Center. Hana will play her senior season at Keller High.

POOLVILLE DUO REACHES SEMIS

In their second straight appearance at state, the Poolville team of seniors Tracy Johnson and Dylan Higgins reached the semifinals of mixed doubles in the 2A State Tournament.

Johnson and Higgins began with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Jacee Henson and Chance Gillen. They were then eliminated by Truman Coe and Lanie Schmidt of Mason, 6-0, 6-1, who went on to win the title.

Also from Poolville, the boys doubles team of juniors Roy McCleery and Landon Smith qualified for state, falling in the opening round to Ethan Powell and James Schwertner of Mason, 6-1, 6-0. Powell and Schwertner advanced to the finals.

"Really proud of the kids for making it to state. Coming out of our region (II) is always quite an accomplishment," Poolville coach Woody Young said. "Have to give credit to the players from Mason whom we lost to. They were very good.

"Hopefully, Roy and Landon will be back next year to make another run at a medal. Tracy and Dylan, with two trips to state, should be very proud of what they accomplished and the work they did."

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