Anna edged Melissa, 10-9, in team tennis competition on Sept. 11 at Anna High School - a battle that wasn’t decided until the final match of the evening, Bow Gates’ 6-4, 6-4 singles win over A.J. Gonzalez. Overall, this near-even 19-match competition included 11 tiebreakers.


“It always comes down to the wire in this rivalry,” Anna head coach Vince Sharp said on Wednesday. “Both teams are so good and have come so far as programs. It has always been hard-fought on both ends. I am really proud of my kids for winning so many of the close matches.”


Said Melissa head coach Brad Crawford, “It was a hard-fought battle. I was so proud of our kids. They never gave up. We’re getting better every week so we just have to keep working hard. Hats off to Coach Sharp and his team. They won the big points and that’s what gave them the win.”


Individual results are below.


Boys doubles


Jake Fowler/John Lewis (Melissa) defeated Jesus Garrido/Rowdy Lairson, 6-4, 1-6, 10-5


Zach Butterfield/Sam Whitten (Melissa) defeated Simon Geren/Spencer May, 2-6, 7-5, 10-6


Bow Gates/Ryan Lamar (Anna) defeated Wilson Gustaveson/A.J. Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-7, 10-6


Girls doubles


Angel Dube/Mary Beth Geren (Anna) defeated Sarah Keeton/Sierra Thomas, 6-1, 6-0


Andrea Alvarez/Olivia Simmons (Anna) defeated Annemarie Miller/Mackenzie Wilke, 6-1, 6-1


Julianna Garlin/Skylar McCaskill (Melissa) defeated Macy Davis/Molli Woodbury, 7-6, 6-3


Mixed doubles


Megan Carr/Dawson Mercer (Melissa) defeated Mason Massingill/Addy Schofield, 6-1, 6-3


Boys singles


Rowdy Lairson (Anna) defeated John Lewis, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6


Jesus Garrido (Anna) defeated Jake Fowler, 7-6, 6-3


Dawson Mercer (Melissa) defeated Simon Geren, 7-5, 6-1


Zach Butterfield (Melissa) defeated Spencer May, 6-2, 7-5


Ryan Lamar (Anna) defeated Sam Whitten, 7-5, 4-6, 10-8


Bow Gates (Anna) defeated A.J. Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-4


Girls singles


Mary Beth Geren (Anna) defeated Sarah Keeton, 6-3, 6-1


Angel Dube (Anna) defeated Sierra Thomas, 6-2, 0-6, 11-9


Andrea Alvarez (Anna) defeated Megan Carr, 6-0, 7-5


Mackenzie Wilke (Melissa) defeated Olivia Simmons, 6-3, 7-6


Julianna Garlin (Melissa) defeated Macy Davis, 7-6, 6-2


Skylar McCaskill (Melissa) defeated Molli Woodbury, 6-2, 6-3