Coach Baron helps Dragon Tennis program close the door on 2012 campaign.  Both squads were #1 seeds for Division II at this year's year-end tournament.  The boys ran into match up challenges in the 1st and 2nd rounds, falling both times by a close 2-3 score.  "Our strength was in the mainly in the doubles, and their strength was mainly in the singles" said Coach Baron, "I'm definitely proud of the way we battled no matter the situation".  The boys were resilient as always and bounced back to win the 3rd and final round and take home the last match of the season by a 4-1 margin.  The girls did just the opposite by winning their 1st round match easily 5-0 and then falling to a very tough 2nd round opponent by a score of 2-3.  "It was very intense as both rounds 2 and 3 came down to the 5th and deciding match with the scores tied at 2-2," said Coach Baron, "and I was very proud of how the girls competed down to the final shot".  The Lady Dragons could not pull out the last match falling by a 2-3 margin, but ended up with a 4th place finish thanks to their first round win.  "I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with and assist the dragon tennis program to another fine season.  They represented their team, their coaches, and their school proudly" said Coach Baron.

 

Coach Baron attends annual USPTA Conference Feb 9 - 12, 2012.  The conference was really worthwhile.  I got to see and talk to some of my favorite vendors at the buying show, talk best practices with my tennis peers and listen and learn from some great speakers with practical information that I can use immediately to help my clients improve faster and enjoy the game of tennis more!  Really glad I went since I hadn't been for a couple of years. 

 

May 2009 - Jeffrey Goodall earns Academic All-State Honors from the Texas Tennis Coaches Association

April 2009 -

      Regional 4-A Tournament (hosted by Willis ISD)

      Jeffrey Goodall reaches Quarterfinals providing toughest test for #3 seed and eventual tournament  champion.

      District 18-4A Jr High Tennis Tournament Medalists:

     Silver Division Champions: Lynn Lucas Lynx (108 pts)

     Silver Division Runner Up: Brabham Bobcats (103 pts)

April 2009 - Regional Tournament Qualifier, Jeffrey Goodall, gives the # 3 seed all he can handle in the Quartefinals (6-4, 6-3), as he goes onto upset # 1 seed to win the boy's single draw.  Jeffrey finishes his 2008-2009 campaign with just 4 losses (doubles, singles, and mixed combined).  What a Great Season! 

April 2009 - District 18-4A Tournament Medalists:

     Boy's Singles:  Jeffrey Goodall, 2nd Place

     Boy's Doubles: Ryan Gesford and Teaghan Avrett, 3rd Place

April 2009 - District 18-4A Sub-Varsity Tournament Medalists:

     JV Boy's Singles:  David Forero, 2nd Place

     JV Boy's Doubles: Ben Hill and Caleb Standridge, 3rd Place

     JV Girl's Singles:  Clare Owens, 3rd Place

     9th Grade Boy's Singles:  Justin Goodall, 3rd Place

     9th Grade Boy's Doubles:  Clay Pelton and Patricio Ortiz, 2nd Place

March 9, 2009 - The Blythe Calfee Tennis Facility is re-dedicated.  WHS tennis players, boosters, family, friends, former coaches, and local dignitaries come together to honor the accomplishments and spirit of Blythe Calfee stood.

March 2009 - Michael McKennery qualifies for Super Champ Status in boy's 14's - 1st Super Champ since Jeff Coskey ('02) - GREAT JOB MICHAEL!

February 2009 - Ryan Gesford in top tier of boy's 16 and stays in Champs despite aging up to boy's 18 division.

January, 2009 - Michael McKennery, boy's 14 Champ, reaches the finals of the back draw and earns early recruiting status - GREAT JOB MICHAEL !

December, 2008 - Savannah Stachowiak Champs up in girl's 18's - GREAT JOB SAVANNAH! 

November , 2008 - Johnathan Goodall Champs up in boy's 16's - GREAT JOB JOHNNY!

October 31st, 2008 - The Willis Tennis Programs reaches the Quarterfinals of the Team Tennis Regional Tournament in Katy, TX for the 3rd consecutive year where they gave eventual Finalist (Friendswood) all they could handle in the doubles.  In the early morning round Willis defeats Barber's Hill 13-2 to advance.  This is the team's 4th consecutive appearance at the team tennis regional tournament.

October 14th, 2008 - The Willis Tennis Program earns its 4th consecutive District Team Tennis Tournament Champion Title with a 10-2 victory over Huntsville.  The team defeated Magnolia 10-0 in the semi-finals. 

May 15th, 2008 - The Willis Tennis Program celebrates its players and their accomplishments.  97 players, parents, coaches and Willis ISD administrators attended the banquet at Ryan's Steakhouse in Conroe, Texas.  All players were recognized for their service and participation to the program and special awards were handed out.  Monee Marquez, Dialys Herrera, and Dylan Richard were recognized by the Texas Tennis Coaches Association (TTCA) for their academic achievements and bestowed upon them Academic All-State (top 10%).  Other Awards given out were:

The Blythe Calfee Excellence in Tennis Award - Dylan Richard & Jeffrey Goodall

Coach's Award - Jake Short

Wildkat of the Year - Dialys Herrera

Most Improved Male (veteran) - Ryan Gesford

Most Improved Female (veteran) - Savannah Stachowiak

Most Improved Male (1st year player) - Jonathan Goodall

Most Improved Female (1st year player) - Lisa Slaughter

Sportsmanship Award (Male) - Juan Forero

Sportsmanship Award (Female) - Lauren Martin

Gutsiest Performance Awards in Singles and Doubles, Varsity and Junior Varsity were also handed out to approximately 6-8 individuals.

May 2008 - And another makes 5!  Champs that is... Willis tennis player Savannah Stachowiak earned Champ Status in girl's 16's bringing the total number of Champ Players in the program to 5 - GREAT JOB Savannah! 

April 25th, 2008 - Willis Doubles Team of Dylan Richard and Jeffrey Goodall earn #3 seed at UIL Region 3 Tournament.  The boys finished 3rd in the tournament and went to state as 1st alternates behind both 7 Lakes' duos. 

April 2nd, 2008 - Willis # 1 Doubles Team of Dylan Richard and Jeffrey Goodall win the District 18-4A Boy's Doubles Championship and advance to the Regional Tournament

February 10th, 2008 - 
   Willis tennis players Teaghan Avrett and Jeffrey Goodall earned Champ Status in boy's 16's and 18's respectively.  They join Dylan Richard and Jake Short on the Champ circuit - GREAT JOB WILLIS !

February 9th, 2008 -
   Coach Baron was honored by the USPTA Texas Division at its yearly convention held at the DFW Hilton in Grapevine, Texas February 7-10th.  At the joint USTA and USPTA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet he was awarded the 2007 Texas High School Coach of the Year Award - Texas Division.  See related article (coming soon).