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October 30, 2017

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Highland Park’s streak of 174 wins ends; Seven-time defending state champs lose to New Braunfels in semis


COLLEGE STATION — For the first time since 1999, Highland Park will not reach the state final in team tennis.


The Scots’ run of seven consecutive state championships also ended Wednesday, as did Highland Park’s streak of 174 consecutive victories in dual matches.


New Braunfels ended all of those streaks, beating Highland Park 10-7 in a Class 6A state semifinal. New Braunfels (22-2) got its revenge for a 10-7 loss to Highland Park in last year’s 6A state final.


Highland Park (23-1) lost every boys match Wednesday, falling short in all three doubles matches and in the five singles matches that were played.


“We just got beat today,” Highland Park coach Dan Holden said. “All good things have to come to an end. We had a great streak, and very awesome, blessed streak going. These kids fought their butts off today. We just got outplayed a little today, and hats off to the Unicorns.”


Last season, New Braunfels squared off with the Scots for the first time since defeating them in the 2007 4A state championship match. The two moved to 6A last year, giving Highland Park the chance to once again meet its familiar foe.


Plano West advances: Plano West will try to win its first state championship since 2006 when it plays New Braunfels in Thursday’s 3 p.m. 6A final. Plano West beat Houston Memorial 10-5 in its semifinal, handing Memorial (19-1) its first loss.


Similar to New Braunfels, the Wolves (23-2) won every match for one gender — this time for the girls. Plano West won the three girls doubles matches in straight sets, and all but one of the five girls singles matches followed suit.


Plano West coach Morgen Walker said he was not particularly relieved with New Braunfels’ win, placing the two in a final showdown at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center at Texas A&M.


“At this point, whoever you are going to play is going to be great,” Walker said. “We were prepared to play Highland Park and we were prepared to play New Braunfels.”


Briefly: Grapevine will have a chance to win a second straight 5A state title after beating Texarkana Texas High 11-0 in the semifinals. Grapevine (18-2) will play Austin Vandegrift (20-1) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. ... Kaufman, making its first appearance at the state tournament, lost 11-0 to Fredericksburg in a 4A semifinal.

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