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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Prep tennis stronger this year

When the state tennis tournaments roll around in late May, Shreveport-Bossier City ought to have two strong contenders in Class 5A in Byrd's Robert Verzaal and Airline's Matthew Zachary.
Verzaal and Zachary are are both freshmen. Verzaal currently stands No. 4 in the Louisiana boys 16-and-under standings, while Zachary is sixth.

Last year, only local one player -- Byrd senior Phillip Homza -- got as far as the quarterfinals of the Class 5A singles. Verzaal and Zachary are both threats to get farther, but Destrehan's Charlie Jones, last year's runner-up, will likely be the top seed.

The Class 5A tournament was at Southern Hills last year. This year it's in Baton Rouge.

Elsewhere, Loyola's Anthony McMaster could also be a contender in Class 2A singles.

In the girls divisions, Parkway's Claire Clark is back to defend her Class 4A singles title, and Loyola's Lauren Stevenson will be a threat in Class 2A.


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