Melissa, Anna tennis take home awards at State

By Rick Bailey
Anna-Melissa Tribune
Coach Vince Sharp announced to his team that he had been chosen as Texas Tennis Coaches Association Class 4A State Coach of the Year for 2020.

ROUND ROCK - Both Melissa and Anna sent athletes to the UIL Class 4A State Cross Country Meet on Nov. 23-24 with high expectations that ended in good results for both. Notably, the Melissa Cardinal boys team finished second in the state behind San Elizario. Melissa finished the team competition in 1:21:13.30 which was just behind the first place team who came in at 1:21:01.41 (less than 12 seconds total). The Cardinals won the Region II team championship to qualify for the state meet in Round Rock, but fell just short in the finale.

Senior Judson Greer finished in first place overall for the Cardinals with a time of 14:51.85. The next closest finisher was Edwin Gomez from San Elizario with a time of 15:30.43. Greer was the defending state champion in Class 4A. 

The next three finishers for the Cardinals finished fifth, 22nd and 24th respectively. Senior Lucas Tauch had a time of 11:55.72, junior Tristen Weaver ran a time of 16:37:29 and senior Alex Branscome finished in 16:40.72. Freshman Abrum Mitchell got the fifth spot for the Melissa team with a 26th place finish in 17:07.72.

The final two Melissa runners finished 50th and 53rd respectively. Freshman Logan Tauch put in a time of 17:51.47 and freshman David Ross Graham ran the course in 17:57. 97.

Coach Vince Sharp’s daughters Morgan and Ella celebrate after their dad/coach was named as Class 4A State Coach of the Year by the TTCA for 2020. Morgan is a sophomore at Anna High School and Ella is an eighth grader. Both are integral parts of their dad’s tennis program.

Freshman Kenny Bibb represented the Anna Coyotes as their lone boys runner and grabbed a top ten finish. Bibb ran 16:14.09 to capture an overall ninth place finish. He will be a runner to be reckoned with in Class 4A for years to come. 

On the Class 4A girls side Anna freshman Abigail Bass captured fifth place in a time of 11:50.13. Bass was less than 19 seconds behind the state champion junior Adele Clark of Celina. Freshman Claire Bibb from Melissa finished in the 52nd spot with a time of 13:08.59.

The world of cross country for both boys and girls is very demanding for the athletes and coaches. Beginning in August, if not year round these athletes are up early getting in their miles and then after school working on their pacing.  They are not just long distance runners, but competitors at the highest level. 

Most of them will be back representing their schools on the track in the Spring. The commitment begins in the August heat and ends in the cold weather of the Fall. Running mile after mile is a true commitment from true athletes.