Class 5A Tennis
Kraft earns individual title
Had Bishop McGuinness freshman Jonathan Kraft
cracked under the pressure of the state championship, nobody would have blamed him.
In one of the better matches of the tournament, Kraft traded tie-breakers with Tulsa Kelley senior Brennan Fox
in the championship at No. 2 singles.
Kraft stepped it up and won the final set 6-0 to earn his first title.
"It was pretty hard to bounce back (after losing the second-set tie-breaker), but I had to keep on working,” Kraft said.
The Irish tied for second with Ada as Tulsa Kelley won its third title in a row. No. 1 singles player John Byrne
and the No. 2 doubles team of Jake Brown
and Ryan Randolph
each placed third.
Carl Albert duo places second
Carl Albert juniors Michael Grisham
and Brandon Patterson
entered the state tournament with an uninspiring 17-13 record.
But as the sixth seed, the duo advanced to the finals before losing to Tulsa Kelley.
Along the way, they upset the No. 3 seed and won a three-set semifinal match with the No. 2 seed from Claremore after losing the first set. Carl Albert placed sixth.
Bluejays work their way back
The No. 1 Guthrie team of senior Daniel Breedlove
and junior Hank Hudson
didn’t have any trouble, not losing a set in the consolation rounds.
But the No. 2 team of William Bohanan
and Josh Wehrenberg
needed to go to a third set twice and won their fifth-place match in a third-set tie-breaker.
By Robert Przybylo