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Westwood tennis has become a state power under former Warriors star Travis Dalrymple

Sibi Raja of Westwood, firing a shot during the UIL team tennis championships last October in Waco, has a good chance to win a doubles championship this week in San Antonio.
Sibi Raja of Westwood, firing a shot during the UIL team tennis championships last October in Waco, has a good chance to win a doubles championship this week in San Antonio.

The Westlake and Lake Travis football programs are on the short list of Austin-area sports teams that have created a legacy of winners. You can throw in a few more: Round Rock baseball, Leander softball, Dripping Springs volleyball, Georgetown swimming, Bowie wrestling and Hendrickson girls basketball.

In recent years, though, it would be difficult to find a more consistent group than the Westwood tennis team. And that includes the 2023-24 squad that already won the UIL state team tennis championship in October.

Look for the Warriors to earn some more hardware at the state meet for singles and doubles Thursday and Friday in San Antonio. Westwood qualified a state-best nine players for the meet.

Led by coach Travis Dalrymple, Westwood has won 14 straight district championships. They earned state in team tennis in October and will look for more hardware during state singles and doubles this week in San Antonio.
Led by coach Travis Dalrymple, Westwood has won 14 straight district championships. They earned state in team tennis in October and will look for more hardware during state singles and doubles this week in San Antonio.

The architect of Westwood tennis is Travis Dalrymple, the Warriors' coach who has seen a fair share of winners during his 15 years at the school. Well, to be accurate, he's been at the school for longer than that. He's a 2000 Westwood graduate who played tennis all four years under former coach James Hood.

Dalrymple, 41, points out that he has had good players throughout his tenure, but his portfolio suggests his impact has been just as vital to Westwood's success. His teams have won 14 straight district titles and have been ranked in the state's top 10 for 10 straight years. The Warriors have won three straight team state championships and four overall.

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"In my opinion, our culture is second to none and we get the most out of every player that steps onto the Westwood courts," Dalrymple said. "We work hard, and we have fun, and it has been a great combination. I'm very proud of what we put in every day, every week, every year and it has been fun to watch the results."

Looking for more hardware at state

For the record, here are the players who'll compete in San Antonio: Alek Mesarovic (boys singles), Sibi Raja/Aditya Paravasthuramesh (boys doubles), Daniel Zhang/Devon Zhang (boys doubles), Janya Tellabati/Simryn Jacob (girls doubles) and Dana Kardonik/Anwi Duduka (girls doubles).

Among the Warriors with the best chances of winning are the team of Raja and Paravasthuramesh. Raja, Westwood's top boys player, was a state quarterfinalist last year while playing with his brother Aadhi. Paravasthuramesh, meanwhile, made it to state last year with Simryn Jacob in mixed doubles.

On the girls side, look for the team of Kardonik and Duduka to challenge for gold after finishing second in doubles last year.

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Young Vipers coming on strong

A star was born when Vandegrift claimed the Class 6A state golf championship last week in Georgetown. The individual champion was Swetha Sathish, who took gold by finishing the two-day tournament at 6 under par. A junior, she has committed to play at Arkansas upon her graduation in 2025.

Vandegrift freshman Addison Bandelier played a major part in her team's victory at the UIL state golf tournament last week. She shot a 2-over-par 74 on both days.
Vandegrift freshman Addison Bandelier played a major part in her team's victory at the UIL state golf tournament last week. She shot a 2-over-par 74 on both days.

Speaking of up-and-coming players, Vandegrift freshman Addison Bandelier shot a 2-over-par 74 on both days. She was the highest-ranked freshman on the scoreboard. Without her contribution, the Vipers would not have won state, coach Aaron Ford said.

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El Paso Pebble Hills football coach Mark Torres celebrates with his team after winning the district title in October 2022. Torres, whose Pebble Hills teams went 18-5 over the last two years, has been hired at Hays.
El Paso Pebble Hills football coach Mark Torres celebrates with his team after winning the district title in October 2022. Torres, whose Pebble Hills teams went 18-5 over the last two years, has been hired at Hays.

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New coach for Hays: Hays has hired Mark Torres as its head football coach. He replaces Les Goad, who retired in December after a career that spanned 39 years. Torres had spent the previous eight years coaching at El Paso Pebble Hills, going 47-36 over that span. His past two teams were a combined 18-5.

Two medals for Anderson: Taylor graduate Jarvis Anderson, now at Stephen F. Austin, earned a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles and a bronze in the triple jump at the Western Athletic Conference outdoor championships in Orem, Utah. Anderson also is a member of the SFA football team. He was the American-Statesman's male athlete of the year in 2023.

Former Giddings star Carlie Weiser, competing here in the 2023 UIL state track and field championships, has had a great year as a Texas A&M freshman. She recently set a personal-best toss in the discus at 53 feet, 7 inches.
Former Giddings star Carlie Weiser, competing here in the 2023 UIL state track and field championships, has had a great year as a Texas A&M freshman. She recently set a personal-best toss in the discus at 53 feet, 7 inches.

Weiser impressing in college: Former Giddings track and field state champion Carlie Weiser has had a sensational freshman year at Texas A&M. On April 11 she finished second in the women's shot put at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., with a toss of 52 feet, 8 inches, which ranks No. 2 on A&M's all-time list. Two weeks later she won the event at the Corky/Crofoot Shootout in Lubbock, beating her old mark with a personal best of 53-7. At Giddings, Weiser won state in the shot put and discus three straight years.

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This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Westwood tennis has become a regular state high school power