High school tennis: Heritage Hall hoping to build another dynasty

Brian Bogert's first two seasons as head coach has produced two more state titles for the Oklahoma City private school.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 13, 2013
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“Nick is one of the stronger players on this side of the state,” Bogert said. “And we've always put together strong doubles teams.”

Helping Bogert with the coaching this season is Tommy Garrison, a former player at the University of Oklahoma and former high school state champion from Enid.

Garrison also coached at Oklahoma and at the University of Las Vegas before joining Heritage Hall's staff.

“He is very valuable,” Bogert said. “I just call him my co-head coach. He is a pretty talented former player and former college coach to have around."

On the girls' side, Heritage Hall will be seeking its fifth consecutive state championship this season.

The Lady Chargers should be contenders again but lost to graduation a couple of four-time state champions, including two-time No. 1 singles champ Sarah Bowen who signed with Hofstra.

Edmond North looks to repeat: In 6A, Edmond North is the defending state champ in both girls and boys.

The Huskies will be a heavy favorite to win its fourth straight boys title with reigning state champions Nate Roper and David Hager returning at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Roper is considered the best player in the state.

“Nate is winning tournaments left and right,” Bogert said.

On the girls' side, Edmond North has won three of the last four state titles but was hit hard by graduation.

“I got some holes to fill,” Edmond North coach Dee Ann Wallar said of the Lady Huskies. “We are still trying to determine the best lineup for us.”

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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