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High school notebook: Carl Albert tennis team shuffles deck

by Ed Godfrey Published: March 26, 2013

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.”


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.


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by Ed Godfrey
Sports Producer/ Designer/ Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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