Travelers head to state

The Tanglefoot Travelers tennis team wrapped up their fall regular season, but will hit the court again on Dec. 6 as they head to the State Championship tournament.
The team, comprised of players from Houston and Pontotoc, and named after the Tanglefoot Trail which runs through both towns, played their final fall match Nov. 8 in the 18-under men’s division. They competed against the Northeast Gold team from Booneville and coach Mike Blissard said they knew the competition would be stiff.
“We knew we had a tough match ahead of us leading up to Monday,” Blissard said. “Both our team and theirs were 4-0. They had won 75 percent of their games and we had won 78 percent (of ours).”
When the Travelers hit the court, they were surpised at what they saw.
“What I didn’t expect was four of the Northeast Community College players standing on the court waiting for us,” Blissard said.
The Travelers, all high school age, accepted the challenge.
“In true David versus Goliath fashion the Tanglefoot Travelers prevalied, four matches to two,” Blissard said.
The winning team included Houston players, Walt Harrington, Ezra Blissard and Lane Brandon.
The team won’t see much down time over the holiday break as their next stop is the State Championship series beginning Dec. 6.
“Now we are preparing to compete at State,” Blissard said.Brandon Blissard Harrington