State tennis notebook: Cascia Hall ends Heritage Hall's reign

The Chargers finished second, three points behind Cascia Hall. Tulsa Metro Christian finished third, one point ahead of Oklahoma Christian School.
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 11, 2013

Cascia Hall ended Heritage Hall's two year streak as state tennis champions in Class 5A.

The Chargers finished second, three points behind Cascia Hall. Tulsa Metro Christian finished third, one point ahead of Oklahoma Christian School.

OCS finished fourth on the strength of state titles at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

HERITAGE HALL'S TOP PLAYER REACHES FINALS

Heritage Hall sophomore Nick Harvey-Funches entered the state tennis tournament as the No. 5 seed in No. 1 singles, but he reached the state title match on Saturday, upsetting McAlester's Paul Nguyen in the semifinals.

Harvey-Funches defeated Nguyen, the No. 1 seed, by a score of 7-6, 7-5. He lost to Austin Hoose of Cascia Hall in the state title match, 0-6, 4-6, but battled leg cramps Saturday just as he did Friday in the tournament.

After the semifinal win, Harvey-Funches suffered a full body cramp and couldn't move for 20 minutes. He was forced to call an injury timeout in the first set against Hoose to receive treatment.

“That's not what cost me the (finals) match,” Harvey-Funches said. “I just didn't play well. All the credit goes to Austin.”

OCS DOUBLES SQUADS CAPTURE CROWNS

The most exciting state championship match Saturday was the Class 5A No. 1 doubles finals.

Oklahoma Christian School's Brett Herron and Daniel Smith defeated Cascia Hall's Luke Clawson and Alex Powers, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.

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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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