DYNASTY BUILDING: Memorial wins second 6A Team Tennis State Championship

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Mother Nature hasn't been kind in the past week.

A pair of cold fronts that have blown through the state the last week have brought with it blistering winds, diving temperatures and in some cases rain. Those conditions don't bode well for an outdoor sport such as team tennis.

The Memorial Mustangs overcame the first front on Friday when it sat through a pair of weather delays before eventually playing and defeating Seven Lakes 10-5 to punch its 11th-straight ticket to the UIL State Tournament this week in College Station.

With the state semifinals matches set for Wednesday, of course, here came another front. This one postponing the matches to Thursday and forcing whichever teams that would advance to play both rounds of the state tournament on the same day.

Not ideal.

But in the end, Memorial persevered. With a pair of 10-7 victories, the first over Southlake Carroll and the second over Plano West, the Mustangs captured the program's second Class 6A State Championship in the past three seasons. The last time Memorial won a state title before this year was 2017.

With the pair of wins on Thursday, Memorial completes the perfect season going 19-0. The Mustangs will not turn their attention to spring tennis where the program could bring home even more hardware on the individual level.


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KINGWOOD - The true impact of a coach can't always measured by the number of win and losses, the number of district championships or even runs at a state title.

This story goes beyond any of that.

In reality, the impact a coach is seen whenever they become the one that is in need of the support that they have been providing to others their entire career.

Kingwood girls soccer coach Pres Holcomb, who is set to begin chemotherapy to battle Stage 4 colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with on December 20, is seeing his impact as the Kingwood and soccer community has rallied around him and his family with messages, wristbands, t-shirts, donations and more.

"It's overwhelming in a good way," Holcomb said. "It's kind of crazy when you see your own name across stuff like that. Once we went public with it, the support has been amazing. People you haven't talked to in years are reaching out to you."

Since they've gone public with it the "Hope for Holcomb" campaign has taken off.

The soccer team - which was told about Holcomb's battle in a group setting - created blue wristbands with the phrase on them. It started with the girls wearing them during matches and expanded to them being sold at different places in the community.

They started by ordering just 300.

Then an order of 500 more was needed and that still wasn't enough. The wristbands have sold more than 1,000.

"You don't even think you know that many people," Holcomb said.

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