Three members of the Hamburg High School Tennis Team qualified to go to the state tournament following the district tournament at Bloom tennis courts in Pine Bluff on October 6 and 7. Singles player and freshman Alex Harrod and doubles team, senior Daniel Meeks and sophomore Drew Foote, finished high enough in the tournament rankings to qualify for state and continue their season.
Harrod finished third overall in the boys' singles category of the tournament, and Meeks and Foote placed second overall in the boys' doubles category.
Foote felt good about qualifying to go to state, but was disappointed that Meeks and he didn't win the tournament. He stated, "We gave it our best effort, but came up short in the end."
Two girls' singles players, Haley Rice and Maddison Bierbaum, and two girls' doubles teams, Caitlin O'Neal and Perla Hernandez and Farrah Dixon and Laura Shaver, also participated in the district tournament.
Rice won one girls' singles match before losing to a top-seeded player. Bierbaum also made it to the second round of the tournament before being defeated by another top-seeded player. O'Neal and Hernandez had a bye in the first round, won a second round match, and then were defeated by a good Dumas doubles team. Dixon and Shaver won their first round match and then lost in the second round.
The coaches of the team are Kayla Jackson and Stephanie Bierbaum. Six other schools from the 8-4A conference participated in the tournament: Star City, Warren, Dumas, Fordyce, McGehee, and Lake Village.
Hamburg was tied for runner-up in the boys' category after the tournament was over and placed high in the girls' category.
The weather for the tournament was difficult. On the first day of the tournament, October 6, the inclement weather forced the coaches to put the tournament on hold for the rest of the day. It also rained and was cold on the second day of the tournament but the players were able to withstand the conditions and finished every category of the brack