Heritage Hall boys tennis coach Brian Bogert wants to build another dynasty.
As a tennis player at Heritage Hall from 1992 to 1995, Bogert was a two-time individual state champ. The Chargers also won the team title each of his four years at the school, a decade that saw Heritage Hall's boys win seven state championships.
He's taken the first two steps. Bogert's first two seasons as head coach for the Chargers' tennis team has produced two more state titles — in Class 4A in 2011 and last year's Class 5A state championship.
“We are definitely trying to rebuild the dynasty we had in the ‘90s,” Bogert said.
In the decade that followed, however, Heritage Hall's boys didn't win a single state tennis title as Cascia Hall in Tulsa was the dominant force.
But with strong middle school teams on the rise, the Chargers foresee a long run of state titles if they can capture their third in a row this year.
“We should be in good shape for a few years,” said Bogert, whose squad is competing in the Norman North tournament Thursday at the Westwood Tennis Club. “I hope to think this decade could be ours.”
This season, the Chargers return only three players who competed at the state tournament last year. The only senior on the club is Oakes Arceneaux.
Still, Bogert likes the Chargers' chances of making it three in a row.
“There are about five teams that are pretty equal this year,” Bogert said. “On this side of the state, you have Heritage Hall and Carl Albert. From the east side, you have Tulsa Cascia Hall, Tulsa Metro Christian and Tulsa Booker T. Washington. Those five all will be contenders this season.”
Playing No. 1 singles for the Chargers will be sophomore Nick Harvey.
“Nick is one of the stronger players on this side of the state,” Bogert said. “And we've always put together strong doubles teams.”
Helping Bogert with the coaching this season is Tommy Garrison, a former player at the University of Oklahoma and former high school state champion from Enid.
Garrison also coached at Oklahoma and at the University of Las Vegas before joining Heritage Hall's staff.
“He is very valuable,” Bogert said. “I just call him my co-head coach. He is a pretty talented former player and former college coach to have around."
On the girls' side, Heritage Hall will be seeking its fifth consecutive state championship this season.
The Lady Chargers should be contenders again but lost to graduation a couple of four-time state champions, including two-time No. 1 singles champ Sarah Bowen who signed with Hofstra.
Edmond North looks to repeat: In 6A, Edmond North is the defending state champ in both girls and boys.
The Huskies will be a heavy favorite to win its fourth straight boys title with reigning state champions Nate Roper and David Hager returning at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Roper is considered the best player in the state.
“Nate is winning tournaments left and right,” Bogert said.
On the girls' side, Edmond North has won three of the last four state titles but was hit hard by graduation.
“I got some holes to fill,” Edmond North coach Dee Ann Wallar said of the Lady Huskies. “We are still trying to determine the best lineup for us.”