The magic number for the Bishop McGuinness girls tennis team was 12 on Saturday — as in 12 straight team championships. The team proudly strutted around in "Twelve is swell” T-shirts in the afternoon.
But for a couple of the seniors, Whitney Ritchie and Emily Conrad, the magic number was four — as in four-time state champions. Not only did Ritchie and Conrad join that exclusive club, they did it without losing a match in their entire high school career. Ritchie and her partner Trinian O’Neil cruised to the Class 5A No. 1 doubles title, while Conrad needed less than 30 minutes to earn the championship at No. 2 singles Saturday at the state tennis tournament at the OKC Tennis Center. Conrad and Ritchie join two other Irish players as four-time champs, Mary Norwood (1981-84) and Lauren Connelly (1999-2002). "This just feels so good. I’ve had a great career and have so many memories that I’ll never forget,” Conrad said. Despite the championships, Conrad was in an unfamiliar position. Her first three titles came as part of a doubles team. Her fourth is also her first singles championship. Conrad defeated Claremore’s Kristin Richardson 6-0, 6-0. Ritchie and O’Neil didn’t win the title in the semifinals, but it sure felt like it.