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High schools: Jordan Henry helping put Southmoore tennis on the map

The Southmoore tennis history book is pretty thin. And with every match, Henry gets a little closer to writing something new.
by Scott Wright Published: March 26, 2014

The Southmoore tennis history book is pretty thin.

And with every match, Jordan Henry gets a little closer to writing something new.

Before last year, no one from the Southmoore girls team had ever qualified for the state tournament. Then Henry and her No. 1 doubles partner, Lexie Klingler, along with the team’s No. 2 doubles team, made it. Henry and Klingler finished third, a significant achievement for the school and the program.

“It made a mark,” coach Kelly Johnson said. “I think it helps people notice tennis more, and helped kind of carve the way for tennis in Moore Public Schools. No one from our district had been on the podium at state since about 2006.”

This season, Henry is moving to No. 1 singles, with hopes of building on last year’s success.

“Singles isn’t near as fun, because you don’t have someone else out there with you, but you also feel more accomplishment when you win,” Henry said.

Her work ethic has been the force behind Henry’s success early in her high school career, and continues to drive her.

“She works hard at practice. She works hard at drills. She works hard in the classroom,” Johnson said. “Her work ethic is second to none. I’m lucky to have her.”

Henry won her first and only tournament of the year so far, at Ponca City. After playing No. 1 singles as a freshman, she knows the level of competition she’ll face throughout the season.

“If things fall into place for me, I feel like I have the opportunity to do really well this year,” she said. “I know what I’m getting into. I know where my head should be, so the season looks really good.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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