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Girls state tennis tournament notebook: Ada wins Class 4A title

Junior Taylor Wood won No. 1 singles. Senior Haley Dean was runner-up in No. 2 singles. Junior Natalie Keel and freshman Karsen Sheffield won No. 1 doubles while Menee Thomsen and Mikala Wheichel won No. 2 doubles.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 10, 2014
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All four Ada entries reached the finals to help the Cougars win their first girls state tennis title since 1998.

“We’ve been in the top three or four most years,” said Skip Griese, who has been Ada’s boys and girls tennis coach for 30 years, assisted by Terry Swopes and Joe Neil Griese. “We were lucky enough and fortunate enough to get some breaks here and there, plus we won the matches we needed to win.”


Junior Taylor Wood won No. 1 singles. Senior Haley Dean was runner-up in No. 2 singles. Junior Natalie Keel and freshman Karsen Sheffield won No. 1 doubles while Menee Thomsen and Mikala Wheichel won No. 2 doubles.

“Between changes in classification of private schools, and our ADM going down, we were in this class (instead of 5A),” Griese said. “Somebody had to win it. We played well at the end which is when you want to peak. This is something these girls will always remember.”

WESTBY WINS REMATCH

Southmoore junior Jordan Henry upset Tulsa Kelley’s Madison Westby at regionals last week to earn the top seed at the Class 6A girls state tournament. Both reached the finals. Westby won the rematch 6-2, 6-2.

“I’m a little upset (I lost in the finals) but I don’t know why because I have nothing to be upset about,” Henry said. “Making it to the finals is a big deal.

“I called this my freshman year that my junior year was going to be my best year. Now I’m hoping my senior season will be even better. It was a great experience. Next year my goal will be to win it.”

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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