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.
Herron and Smith finished the season with a record of 31-1, losing only to a doubles team from Heritage Hall in the regular season.
It was only the second loss of the year for Clawson and Powers.
OCS' No. 2 doubles team, Mitchell Draelos and Griffin Hullender, defeated Metro Christian's Jeff McNeal and Zac Price, 6-2, 6-4, in the state championship match.
ADA REPEATS AS CHAMPION
Ada claimed its second straight boys' state tennis championship and the 16th overall for the school (boys and girls combined).
It also was the seventh state title for Ada tennis coach Skip Griese, who has been the Cougar tennis coach for 29 years, but the first back-to-back state championships.
Ada had five starters back from last year's state title team, which edged Byng by one point.
“We played very well in the doubles,” Griese' said.
CLARK DOMINATES CLASS 4A
Freshman phenom Zeke Clark of Riverfield Country Day of southwest Tulsa, captured the No. 1 singles state title by defeating Russell Gehring of Okmulgee, 6-1, 6-0.
Gehring was the only player to win a game against Clark during the state tournament.
The state academic tennis championships were won by Bartlesville in Class 6A (3.945 GPA), Tulsa Washington in Class 5A (4.0) and Byng in Class 4A (4.0).