State tennis notebook: Edmond North wins fifth straight team crown

Behind state championships from Edmond North senior David Hager at No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Bryan Lilley and Brayden Rucker, the Huskies won their fifth consecutive 6A team title on Saturday.
Oklahoman Published: May 17, 2014

Behind state championships from Edmond North senior David Hager at No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Bryan Lilley and Brayden Rucker, the Huskies won their fifth consecutive 6A team title on Saturday.


Hager is the seventh player in state history to win four singles crowns. Playing with a different partner each year, Lilley became the first prep player in state history to win four doubles titles.

Hager and Lilley also became the third and fourth Huskies to win four individual state championships.

The two previous four-time winners for Edmond North were Jennifer DeSpain in tennis and Teyon Ware in wrestling.

Hager won his fourth title when he defeated Conner Finerty of Muskogee, 7-5, 6-0, to capture the No. 1 singles crown. His previous three titles were at No. 2 singles.

“It was a tough first set,” Hager said, who completed a perfect season finishing 29-0. “I think I was a little bit nervous. I think that is expected. State finals, (No.) 1 singles, you got a lot of pressure on you. Once I got past that first set it was pretty good from there on. “

Hager was matched in the accomplishment later on Saturday by Lilley.

In college, Hager will play tennis at Davidson. Lilley will play tennis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Huskies were the state academic champs with a grade point average of 3.899. Duncan was the 5A academic champ with a 3.901. Elk City won the 4A academic title with a 3.972.

Edmond Memorial’s Jacob Plant and Chase Brill won the state title at No. 2 doubles in Class 6A.

HERITAGE HALL WINS FINAL MATCH TO CLAIM 5A TROPHY

The state team title in Class 5A was decided by a head-to-head match in the championship finals at No. 2 doubles between defending state champ Cascia Hall and Heritage Hall.

It was the final match of the day and a raucous crowd was cheering on every point with the team championship on the line. Heritage Hall’s Truitt Maxwell and J.T. Zerby won in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

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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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