High school tennis: Jordan Henry puts Southmoore on the map

The Oklahoman’s All-City Girls Tennis Player of the Year, finished runner-up in No. 1 singles as a junior at the Class 6A state tournament last month.
by Trent Shadid Modified: June 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm •  Published: June 10, 2014
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Jordan Henry continues to help put Southmoore tennis on the map.

While the six-year-old school doesn’t have near the track record of success as some other schools around the state, her achievements for the SaberCats are impossible to ignore.

Henry, The Oklahoman’s All-City Girls Tennis Player of the Year, finished runner-up in No. 1 singles as a junior at the Class 6A state tournament last month.

“The fact that she’s been very successful has other kids thinking, ‘Well, I’d like to try that,’ so it’s really helped the program,” said Southmoore coach Kelly Johnson.

“The kids really look up to her. She’s very helpful, she’s a role model, and she’s a leader. She’s a true asset.”

Henry qualified for the state tournament individually as a freshman, before switching to No. 1 doubles as a sophomore and placing third along with former teammate Lexie Klingler.

“I take a lot of pride in trying to help Southmoore build the program,” Henry said. “I’m hoping with the success that I’ve had, it’s going to inspire kids from our school to just go out and play. This is my sport, this is what I do, and I’m always going to want more people to join.”

Henry turned heads last month with an upset of Tulsa Kelley senior Madison Westby in the regional finals. Westby, who is heading to Southern California, avenged the loss a week later in the state finals to win her fourth state title.


by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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