Another major milestone at Bicentennial Park was achieved in May with the completion of the newly-renovated and expanded Southlake Tennis Center. The facelift is part of the third and final phase of Bicentennial Park improvements, which also includes a completed trail system, synthetic turf field for the in-line hockey court, additional landscaping, and other park amenities.
In honor of the occasion, the City hosted an open house May 18 to unveil the new facility to the public. Guided tours, food and refreshments, a bounce house, and tennis activities for adults and youth allowed attendees to experience both indoor and outdoor spaces.
However, the main attraction was the new 6,100 square foot clubhouse that includes a much larger pro shop equipped with tennis apparel, shoes, bags, balls and racquets. Upgraded locker rooms offer players more restrooms, showers and dressing areas. A reception area with seating is located near the front entrance, and flat screens are placed throughout the building to display announcements and upcoming events. Tennis Center staff and pros have access to a private lounge, break room and work space with desks.
The Club Room is a multi-purpose space that connects to the covered patio via accordion-style doors. It is available for special events, meetings and luncheons. Upon completion of clubhouse renovations, two of the 19 tennis courts will be enclosed to allow for indoor play during inclement weather.
According to Frances Scharli, an avid tennis player and vice chairman of Southlake’s Parks & Recreation Board, the dramatic improvements will not go unnoticed.
“My team plays all over North Texas and our new Tennis Center is better than any other facility in the area, including private country clubs. It is state-of-the-art and superior in all aspects,” Scharli states. “I’m proud of the new facility as a Parks Board member, but I’m more proud of it as a tennis player.”
As Southlake has grown over the years, so has the popularity of the Southlake Tennis Center, which opened in 1999. Over the past decade, six additional tennis courts were added to the original 13, making it the largest public tennis facility in Tarrant County. With an original capacity for only a few staff members, the clubhouse could no longer accommodate the now 10 tennis pros and 22 personnel at the Southlake Tennis Center, not to mention the year-round, full-schedule of adult and junior players.
Scharli, who has played at Southlake Tennis Center since it opened, compares the new facility to the other top-notch recreational amenities the city offers.
“We are serving adults and children in a first-class way, just like everything else we do in Southlake…including ballfields, in-line hockey court and The Marq. We do it right and our citizens and visitors benefit from it,” she says.
The $8.8 million-dollar Bicentennial Park improvements are being funded by the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation (SPDC). Created in 1993, the SPDC administers the City’s half-cent sales tax allocated to parks-related capital projects.
COLLEGE STATION – Dragon tennis standout Arman Dave fell in the UIL Class 6A state semifinals last weekend.
Dave, the defending state champion, lost to Roger Chou of Austin Westlake – 6-2, 6-3 – in the semfinals. Chou was the eventual 6A state champion. The state tournament was held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center at the Texas A&M University.
Dave won his opening quarterfinal match vs. Austin Anderson’s Andres Almazan – 6-0, 6-1. Last year, Dave became the first Dragon to win a singles title since 1998.
Dave qualified for the state tournament after he earned a 6A Region I title victory against John Edwards of McKinney. Dave won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
The UIL state tournament will be held May 18-19 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center & Omar Smith Intramural Tennis Center in College Station.
Dave, a junior, won the 6A state championship in singles last year and became the first Dragon to win the singles title since Justin Hunter in 1998. Last year, Dave joined Hunter and Doug Fike (1996) as the only boys singles state champs.
The Carroll Dragon boys’ and girls’ tennis teams traveled to Tennessee last weekend to play in the DecoTurf High School National Championships in Chattanooga.
Both teams earned fifth-place finishes out of 64 teams in the prestigious tournament. Both teams posted 3-1 records. The boys defeated the state champions from Tennessee and Illinois, while the girls defeated the Georgia state champs.
Alec Reusche and Ashley Kim were named to the all-tournament team. The Dragons entered the tourney at the #4 seed.
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The Carroll boys and girls tennis teams will compete this weekend in the DecoTurf High School National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Carroll’s boys are the #4 seed and will face Montgomery Bell Academy our of Nashville first round, while the Lady Dragons will face North Oldham just out of Louisville, Ky.
Notably, Carroll’s Arman Dave is rated the 2nd highest boy and on the girls’ side, Ashley Kim is rated the 9th best player in this prestigious tournament. Matches begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to follow the action, check out the Dragon Tennis Twitter feed here or click here for the tournament’s website.
ABILENE – The Carroll Dragon tennis team’s season came to an end Friday in Abilene.
The Dragons lost a tight match in the Class 6A Region I final to Plano West, which qualifies for the state’s final four with the victory. Carroll led 4-3 after doubles action, but Plano West rallied for the victory in singles play.
Carroll, which was the No. 2 regional seed, defeated Waco Midway 10-1 in the first match of the regional on Thursday.
The Dragons followed that victory with a 10-4 victory against El Paso Coronado.
Carroll finished the fall season 16-4, which was also highlighted by a District 5-6A championship.
The Carroll Dragon tennis team earned an impressive victory in the Class 6A Region I Area Semifinals last Thursday.
Carroll defeated Allen 10-8 to advance to the 6A Region I tournament in Abilene at the Rose Park Tennis Center.
The tournament, which includes eight teams, begins Thursday. The semifinals will be held Thursday and the final is Friday morning.
Carroll won this District 5-6A championship and is 14-3 overall.
The Carroll Dragons started off the Class 6A team tennis playoffs like they played during district — with another sweep.
The Dragons blanked McKinney Boyd 10-0 in a 6A Area Quarterfinal on Monday at the Carroll Senior High School courts.
Carroll advances to the Area Semifinals and will face Allen on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at Marcus High School. Allen is coming off a 10-2 victory against Hebron.
The Carroll Dragon fall tennis team is off to a great start in District 5-6A.
The Dragons produced three 19-0 shutouts in their first two matches against Flower Mound, Trinity and Lewisville.
Carroll’s record is 6-2 overall.
The Dragons suffered a non-district home loss last Saturday to perennial power Highland Park.