The WTTA has presented Tyler Stewart of Midland High School with the Junior Athlete of the Season award.
Stewart has been a three-year varsity player for Midland High School and has continuously been one of the top juniors in his USTA age division throughout his tennis career.
“I am nominating Tyler for this special award because of his dedication during the out-of-school time that shows how committed he is to tennis. He played in two of the top tournaments in the country this summer - The Texas Slam and the Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, MI, and did very well,” said Amanda Friday, USTA West Texas TSR. “These are prestigious, high level tournaments that take a lot of hard work in which to qualify for. Tyler always represents himself, his family and Midland with integrity and respect at all of the tournaments he travels to, often times winning our USTA sportsmanship recognitions. His fierce success on the court is rooted by humbleness and dedication.”
Darryn Sanchez has been a four-year varsity player for Fort Stockton High School. He has played both doubles and singles during that time and this year played the number one line in the singles division.
The three-year honor roll student was voted as the 2018 Most Valuable Player. This year, Sanchez has been a finalist in
every tournament in which FSHS has competed. Sanchez is currently ranked #14 in his division in the USTA (United
States Tennis Association) Texas Section.
Going into district competition this spring, Sanchez had a 30-4 record and had recently won the championship at the Fort Stockton April USTA Challenger.
Sanchez finished as the first place District Champion at the 2-4A district meet in Seminole, TX. He then finished with the 1-4A Regional Championship in Lubbock, qualifying him for Texas’ state tournament in College Station later this month.
“Darryn has put in the work and dedication required to have a successful senior season,” Bert Rainwater, JTT Area League Coordinator, USTA Tournament Director and UIL Regional Site Director, said. “He has successfully balanced school, work and tennis this year - his senior leadership on and off the court has been a valuable asset and will be greatly missed next year.”
The West Texas Tennis Association officially presented its WTTA Junior Athlete of the Season Award to Jazmine Arenivas, Odessa High School senior, tennis athlete and inspiration to fellow team members, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2018, at the Odessa High School tennis facility.
Arenivas plays both doubles and singles tennis matches. She was selected by her coach, Katelyn Watts, to receive this award due to her outstanding work as a motivational team member to fellow OHS athletes.
“(Jazmine) has an amazing attitude on and off the court, is very motivational and a captain. Whether she wins or loses she has great sportsmanship and is the definition of a true leader,” said Watts.
We presented this special award to Jazmine that afternoon at the OHS tennis facility. Friends and family were ecstatic.
The WTTA Junior Athlete of the Season Award is given to high school athletes throughout the Permian Basin four times per year. Arenivas was the first recipient of the award for the Odessa area.
Midland Lee High School senior and tennis player Madi Castro was honored in a surprise ceremony with an award from the West Texas Tennis Association at Bush Tennis Center. Castro was named Junior Athlete of the Season, an award the WTTA gives to junior tennis players four times each year.
Castro, who plays both doubles and singles tennis matches, was selected by Lee coach Jane Kauffman to receive this award because of her outstanding work as a motivational team member to fellow Lee athletes.
“It is a joy and pleasure to have worked with Madi for four years. Madi daily exhibits good sportsmanship, integrity and leadership on the Rebel tennis team,” Kauffman said. “On and off the court, Madi is a true example of why I love to coach.”
WTTA President Heidi Winkler, and Secretary Jessica Theimer, presented the award. After the ceremony, fellow Rebels encircled Castro and chanted her name, to much smiles all around.
Congratulations on being the first recipient of this prestigious award, Madi!
Nominate them today! We're accepting applications for our next West Texas Tennis Association Junior Athlete of the Season. This award is open to tennis athletes, in the West Texas area, between the ages of 12 and 18. Recipients will receive many benefits, including recognition through social media, press release to local media stations, featured area on this website and much more.
Please send the following information and a tennis photo to WestTexasTennis@gmail.com.
Age and Grade:
Do you play more Singles or Doubles?
What's your favorite shot?
Have you won any matches and/or awards through tennis?
When will you graduate high school?
Do you plan to play tennis in college?
What is a fun fact about you?
Do you have any other information you'd like to add?
The West Texas Tennis Association and USTA would like to wish the best of luck to the Class of 2018 heading off to college! These former juniors will be continuing their tennis careers at the following schools.
If you notice a player missing from our list or an incorrect school is listed, please let us know!
Joseph Diaz (Fort Stockton) - McMurry University
Brent Glasco (Big Spring) – Texas Lutheran University
Dominic Gibson (Midland) – Holy Cross College
Rajiv Saralaya (Amarillo) – Georgetown University
Allison Jenkins (Amarillo) – Harding University
Allison Stewart (Midland) – Abilene Christian University
Caanon Gibbons (Seminole) – Hardin-Simmons University
Chloe Ruppanner (Amarillo) – University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Kate Daugherty (Midland) - Southwestern University
Katherine McGough (Lubbock) – Rhodes College
Leslie Omeire (Amarillo) - Dallas Baptist University
Taja Lawrence (Abilene) – Dallas Baptist University
Taylor Hansard (Fort Stockton) – Ouachita Baptist University
To view the full list of college tennis athletes from Texas, please visit https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/texas/good-luck-.html.
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