By Robert Przybylo
Hey, apologize for the lack of bloggings (is that a word?) lately. Had my hands full with the paint horse, Got Country Grip. Too bad he was denied that 17th straight win. Remington Park was absolutely deflated after he lost. But what a success with more than 12,000 people showing up.
Anyway, let’s get back to the courts. After watching McGuinness wax the field at the Heritage Hall Tournament of Champions, I was still hesitant to say anything.
I wanted to wait until that showdown with Tulsa Kelley. Well, the “showdown” has come and gone with the Irish dominating the Comets. The two were on the opposite side of the draws for every spot at the Cascia Hall Tournament on Saturday.
The results: Peta Lancaster, McG, def. Andrea Lewis, TK, 7-5, 6-2. No. 2 singles: Katelyn Connelly, McG, def. Abby Lewis, TK, 6-2, 6-1. No. 1 doubles: Ritchie/Lancaster, McG, won 6-2, 6-3. No. 2 doubles: Conrad/Chiaf won 6-0, 6-1.
So now I’m going to say it…could the McGuinness girls team defeat every boys team in the state?? At first, this was pure tomfoolery. I didn’t really believe it.
But now, hmm, I’m not so sure. If I could piece together the ultimate dream team for the boys, I’d give the boys the edge. If I had people like Tulsa Union’s Eric West and Omar Aly of Jenks as my singles players. Add in the Copeland brothers from Shawnee as a doubles tandem, throw in singles stars Duncan Fugitt of Edmond Memorial and Travis Fillmore of Tahlequah and piece them as a doubles team. That’s a pretty formidable crew.
Am I nuts?? Or are the Irish just that good?? I mean, seriously, Whitney Ritchie and Mia Lancaster placed in the top 16 at a national junior tournament last week. Not regional, national. What say you??