Carl Albert tennis coach Shane Farley will shuffle his lineup for the annual Duncan West boys tennis tournament Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
One of Carl Albert's No. 1 doubles players, Bryce Hebrink, broke his arm while snowboarding over spring break.
As a result, Farley is moving Hebrink's partner, Matt Taber, a state champion at No. 2 doubles last season, to No. 1 singles, at least for Wednesday's tournament.
“He played some singles in the summer,” Farley said.
Carl Albert traditionally is one of the most competitive tennis teams in Class 5A.
“We are a lot rougher how we look swinging a racket sometimes, but our kids compete,” said Farley, an assistant football coach at Carl Albert. “That's what I like about coaching at Carl Albert. Our kids show up.”
DEMONS CALL OKC HOME
Duncan is the host school for Wednesday's tournament, even though it is being played at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
It was formerly the Putnam City West tournament, but when the Patriots decided several years ago to no longer host it, Demons tennis coach Phil Barnes offered to take over.
“The reason we took it over because we had been going to it forever and I didn't want to lose an option of playing in the city,” Barnes said. “I wanted to play at the tennis center.”
The Oklahoma City Tennis Center is the site of the state tennis tournament.
“I think it is good our kids get up here as many times as we can,” Barnes said. “It's a phenomenal facility. They have made many improvements over the last five or six years. It's a big time venue.”
Duncan has been hosting the tournament since 2007 in Oklahoma City. Barnes called the Oklahoma City event the “Duncan West” tournament to avoid confusion with the other high school tennis tournaments in Duncan.
Sixteen high school teams are playing Wednesday, including Edmond North, Enid, all three Putnam City schools, Choctaw, Mustang, Edmond Santa Fe, Guthrie, Carl Albert, Duncan and Anadarko.
Edmond North, with the top player in the state in defending state champ Nate Roper, is the heavy favorite.
SOCCER TEAMS PLAY FOR TOURNAMENT CROWNS
It's tournament week for Oklahoma high school soccer teams in the state.
In the Oklahoma City area, tournament action begins Thursday with the Bronco Cup in Mustang, the Bomber Cup in Midwest City and Southmoore's Big Cat Classic.
Up the road in Stillwater, the annual Stillwater Cup begins Friday, and a highlight will be a first-round matchup between Edmond Santa Fe, currently ranked No. 2 in Class 6A boys, and Santa Fe South, currently ranked No. 3 in 4A boys, according to okrankings.com.
The Bronco Cup also will feature some of the best teams in the Oklahoma City area, including Norman and Edmond North, currently ranked third and fourth in Class 6A boys by okrankings.com.
Also in the boys bracket will be Mustang, Bixby, Guymon, Westmoore, Putnam City North and Bartlesville.
The girls' side of the Bronco Cup includes No. 2 Edmond Memorial and No. 7 Mustang. Edmond Memorial, Carl Albert and Yukon are replacing Edmond North, Norman and Guymon in the girls' bracket.
The Bronco Cup will be played on both the football and soccer fields at Mustang High School through Saturday.
Also on Thursday night, Southmoore's Big Cat Classic opens at Moore Stadium.
The boys' tournament includes Yukon, Carl Albert, Putnam City, Norman North's junior varsity, Southmoore and Choctaw. Norman North's varsity team, the defending state and national champ, is going to a tournament in Alabama next week.
Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rules only allow high school teams to play in one tournament during the season. The Big Cat Classic concludes Friday.
The Bomber Classic at Rose Field will include boys teams from Midwest City, Southeast, Heritage Hall, Star Spencer, Harding, U.S. Grant and Muskogee.
On the girls' side, Edmond North's junior varsity, Tulsa Union's junior varsity and Catoosa will compete.
In addition to Edmond Santa Fe and Santa Fe South in the Stillwater Cup, the boys' field will include Verdigris, Enid, Heritage, Ark., Ponca City, Catoosa and Stillwater.
Coweta and Owasso will replace Enid and Heritage, Ark., in the girls' bracket.
The Stillwater Cup will be played Friday and Saturday on three fields in Stillwater: the OSU soccer complex, Pioneer Stadium at Stillwater High School and the junior high school stadium.