TJC tennis

The TJC tennis team is unbeaten after three rounds of the NJCAA Division I Men's National Tennis Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Semifinal play is scheduled for Thursday.

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The No. 1 ranked Apaches and No. 2 ASA Miami head into the final day of the NJCAA Division I Men's National Tennis Tournament tied for the championship lead.

Tyler Junior College the Silver Storm each have 36 points after four days of play at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Both TJC and ASA have eight flights with netters and seven head to head matchups.

TJC and ASA are followed by Seward County (Kansas) (31 points), Cowley (Kansas) (27.5) and Eastern Florida State (27).

The finals are scheduled for Friday.

Several Apaches received awards prior to the tournament.

Luke Simkiss, of Birmingham, England, earned the National Most Improved Sophomore; with teammate Marcus Walters of Long Eaton, England, named the Naitonal Sophomore of the Year.

Lourenco Gasperini, of Brazil, was tabbed the Regional Player to Watch and head coach Dash Connell was named the Regional Coach of the Year.

NJCAA Division I Men's National Tennis Tournament

Reffkin Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz.


Flight 1 — Second Round: Marcus Walters (1), TJC, def. Guido Luna, Barton (Kan.), 6-1, 6-3; Quarterfinals: Walters def. Franco Roldan, Itawamba (Miss.), 6-0, 6-2. Semifinals: Walters def. Kyrylo Kryuchun (4), Mesa (Ariz.), 6-2, 6-4. Finals: Walters vs. Toru Horie (3), ASA Miami, 10 a.m. (Central) Friday.

Flight 2 — Second Round: Luke Simkiss (1), TJC, def. Marek Slojewski, Prairie State (Ill.), 6-3, 6-0; Quarterfinals: Simkiss def. Emmanuel Mallya, New Mexico Military, 6-0, 6-0. Semifinals: Simkiss def. Bruno Suiama (4), Cowley (Kan.), 6-2, 6-2. Finals: Skimkiss vs. Gustavo Cruz (3), ASA Miami, 10 a.m. Friday.

Flight 3 — Second Round: Alex Parker (1), TJC, def. Sebastian Pino, Barton (Kan.), 7-5, 6-1; Quarterfinals: Parker def. Alberto Mello, Laredo (Texas), 6-4, 6-0. Semifinals: Parker def. Carlo Izurieta (4), Seward County (Kan.), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Finals: Parker vs. Sergio Ingles (2), ASA Miami, 10 a.m. Friday. 

Flight 4 — Second Round: Karl Mosterd (3), TJC, def. Luis Zamorano, New Mexico Military, 6-2, 6-2; Quarterfinals: Mosterd def. Juan Pino Contoleon (6), Abraham Baldwin (Ga.), 6-1, 6-0. Semifinals: Mosterd def. Juan David Ramirez, Laredo, 6-1, 6-4. Finals: Mosterd vs. Andres Cabezas (1), ASA Miami, 10 a.m. Friday.

Flight 5 — Second Round: Matthew Beecher (2), TJC, def. Octavio Carrasco, Barton (Kan.), 6-1, 6-1; Quarterfinals: Beecher def. Finlay Rowan, Harford (Md.), 6-3, 6-0. Semifinals: Beecher def. Sebastion Bunster (6), Eastern Florida State, 6-2, 6-1. Finals: Beecher vs. Matt Carroll (1), ASA Miami, 10 a.m. Friday.

Flight 6 — Second Round: Rohit Patil (2), TJC, def. Peyton Chaney, East Central (Miss.), 6-1, 6-0; Quarterfinals: Patil def. Moises Goncalves, Cowley (Kan.), 6-3, 6-4. Semifinals: Alex (Seward) Mesquida Berg (3), Seward County (Kan.) def. Patel, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Finals: Berg vs. Tomas Santantonio (1), ASA Miami, 10 a.m. Friday.


Flight 1 — Second Round: Parker-Walters (3), TJC, def. Jofre Tura Campalans-Marek Slojewski, Prairie State (Ill.), 6-2, 6-1; Quarterfinals: Parker-Walters def. Gonzalo Fernandez-Kryuchun (6), Mesa (Ariz.), 6-3, 6-4. Semifinals: Parker-Walters def. Fladio Fabregas-Toru Horie (2), ASA Miami, 6-3, 6-2. Finals: Parker-Walters vs. Bruno Suiama-Angelo Tost (5), Cowley (Kan.), 1 p.m. Friday.

Flight 2 — Second Round: Carlos Matarredona-Simkiss (2), TJC, def. Pino Contoleon-Cristobal Quevedo, Abraham Baldwin (Ga.), 6-2, 6-2; Quarterfinals: Matarredona-Simkiss def. Chris Doval-John Edwards, Collin (Texas), 6-2, 6-2. Semifinals: Matarredona-Simkiss def. Nyathi Motlojoa-Nicolas Rousset (3), Seward County (Kan.), 7-6, 6-4. Finals: Matarredona-Simkiss vs. Matt Carroll-Segio Ingels (1), ASA Miami, 1 p.m. Friday.

Flight 3 — Second Round: Beecher-Mosterd (2), TJC, def. Andrew Bizilia-Ben Hicks, Wallace State (Ala.), 6-1, 6-1; Quarterfinals: Beecher-Mosterd def. Panashe Garah-Natnael Zegdeta, Prairie State (Ill.), walkover, injury. Semifinals: Beecher-Mosterd def. Carlo Izurieta-Francisco Vargas (3), Seward County (Kan.), 6-2, 6-2. Finals: Beecher-Mosterd vs. Andres Cabezas-Tomas Santantonio (1), ASA Miami, 1 p.m. Friday.


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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 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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