At the Class 4A Region II tournament in Canton, April 23-26, Melissa’s girls just missed a trip to the state tournament and the boys turned in their best regional-tourney finish in school history.
Some had predicted the Cardinals to finish eighth here but after firing a 331 on Day 1 and a season-low 323 on Day 2, the boys tied for a program-best fifth place. Freshman Xavier Bighaus led Melissa with rounds of 79 and 80 to finish tied for 17th.
The Lady Cards dodged rain on their Day 1, Wednesday, April 25, to shoot a 364 for fourth place — 10 shots back of a state-tourney berth. On Day 2, they fought to catch second-place Spring Hill and third-place Mabank but came up a bit short with a 376. The Frisco Lebanon Trail girls finished first.
Leah Tyner led the Lady Cards with an 85-86 for seventh place overall. She also earned a spot on the All-Region Team and will be the first alternate for the state tournament, May 21-22 at Marble Falls. The Melissa girls’ team is first alternate for state as well. Lady Card freshmen Allie Norton and Sydney Norton were Top 25 finishers at the regional tournament.
On the boys’ side, Pleasant Grove claimed first, followed by Argyle, Bullard, Canton and Melissa/Carthage.
“I am a proud coach today,” Melissa head coach Chris Tyner said. “Not only did we come in and represent Melissa well, we represented District 11 well. We set personal records, team records and managed to scare the teams at the top of the leader board for a trip to state. We put ourselves in a position to make a state appearance and that means a lot. I have no graduating seniors and with the district realignment and changes to Region II in 2018-2019, I look forward to coming back to the regional tournament and making some even louder noise.”