Three Apaches earned All-America honors as Tyler Junior College placed second on Friday in the NJCAA Men's Division I National Tennis Tournament at Collin College in Plano.

ASA of Brooklyn, New York, matched its women's team with the national championship by scoring 50 points, followed by TJC's 43 points. The Apache Ladies also finished second to the ASA women last week in Tucson, Arizona. Jacksonville placed 21st with 8ᄑ points.

Earning first-team All-America honors for TJC were singles champions Ciro Lampasas (Flight 2), Zachary Northey (Flight 4) and Logan Powell (Flight 6).

Taking second-team All-America honors from TJC were Jonah Candelario (Flight 3 singles) and the doubles team of Candelario and Vaughn Hunter (Flight 3).

Lampasas, a freshman from Houston, won the Flight 2 championship with a three-set victory over Ismael Mzai of Seminole State (Oklahoma). Lampasas, the No. 5 seed, defeated the No. 2 seed Mzai, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

No. 2 seed Northey, a freshman from Lincoln, Nebraska, scored an upset over No. 1 seed Rasheed Carey of ASA in a thrilling three-setter. Northey won 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-4.

In Flight 6, No. 1 seed Powell, a freshman from Amarillo, continued his strong play with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 championship win over No. 2 seed Pedro Garcia of ASA.

Candelario, the No. 5 seed, fell to No. 1 seed Stephen Watson of ASA, 6-1, 6-4 in the Flight 2 championship. Candelario is a freshman from San Antonio.

In the Flight 3 doubles the No. 1 seeded TJC team of Candelario and his partner Vaughn Hunter, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, lost to No. 2 seeds Diego Alcocer and Carey of ASA, 6-3, 6-2.


NJCAA Men's National Tennis Tournament

Collin College, Plano

Team Standings —1, ASA College (New York), 50; 2, Tyler Junior College, 43; 3, Abraham Baldwin (Georgia), 33; 4, (tie) Mesa (Arizona), 27ᄑ; Seminole State (Oklahoma), 27ᄑ.

Championship Matches


Flight 1 — No. 5 Callum Poland-Smith, ASA, def. Nicolas Rouanet, Vincennes (Indiana), 6-1, 6-4.

Flight 2 — No. 5 Ciro Lampasas, Tyler, def. No. 2 Ismael Mzai, Seminole, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Flight 3 — No. 1 Stephen Watson, ASA, def. No. 5 Jonah Candelario, Tyler, 6-1, 6-4.

Flight 4 — No. 2 Zachary Northey, Tyler, def. No. 1 Rasheed Carey, ASA, 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-4.

Flight 5 — No. 1 Shaquille Taylor, ASA, def. No. 3 Tare Mariga, Seward County (Kansas), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Flight 6 — No. 1 Logan Powell, Tyler, def. No. 2 Pedro Garcia, ASA, 7-6 (5), 6-3.


Flight 1 — No. 1 Poland-Smith-Watson, ASA, def. No. 3 Gabriel Evans-Artuno Pinazo, Laredo, 6-4, 7-5.

Flight 2 — No. 1 Jack Boling-Taylor, ASA, def. No. 4 Landon Ibbott-Jack Riess, Collin, 6-4, 6-2.

Flight 3 — No. 2 Diego Alcocer-Carey, ASA, def. No. 1 Candelario-Vaughn Hunter, Tyler, 6-3, 6-2.


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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 34 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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