OKLA. CITY —
Edmond North’s Nate Roper graduated in 2013 after winning individual state tennis crowns four successive years.
In 2014, Husky senior David Hager (29-0) repeated the feat at No. 1 singles and teammate Bryan Lilley also won four individual doubles state titles, the first to do it in Oklahoma. And, Lilley did it with four different partners, dropping Tulsa Union’s Jeremy Roberts/Mitchell Mathias 7-5, 6-3 alongside Brayden Rucker.
The beat continues on for the Huskies as they won their fifth straight tennis state championship Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
“I’ve had some very good players over the years and when we lose some, we have quality replacements,” Edmond North tennis coach Dee Ann Wallar said. “We lost three seniors last year and none of them didn’t want to be part of a team that had the streak come to an end.
“I’ve been fortunate to have good players while I’ve been here.”
Hager finished off his illustrious career by knocking off Connor Finerty of Muskogee 7-5, 6-0.
“David played very well throughout the tournament,” Wallar said. “He was challenged in his finals match. He probably had to work as hard as he had to work for that finals match.”
Hager is the seventh player to win individual state crowns all four years.
“He (Lilley) was a very good team player,” Wallar noted. “He tries to work well with whoever he’s partnered with.
“I’m going to miss both of those as well as Pierce Bryant.”
Bryant took third place this season along with Tate Atkinson in No. 2 doubles. Teammate Brett Borman won bronze in No. 2 singles.
Edmond North cleared second-place Jenks 30-23 as Edmond Memorial (17) took third and Edmond Santa Fe (1) placed 15th.
Memorial’s Jacob Plant and Chase Brill got by Jenks’ Bennett Hughes/Jonny Miller 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to win gold in No. 2 doubles.
The Huskies also toted home the state academic trophy with a 3.899 GPA.
“It’s the first we’ve had since I have coached the boys or the girls,” Wallar said. “We’re happy about that championship as well. They take care of business in the classroom before they come out on the court.”
In 5A, Oklahoma Christian School’s Reid Streller lost a fought-hard state title match 3-6, 1-6 to Jackson Fine of Tulsa Metro Christian.
As a team, the Saints placed third (18) with Heritage Hall (30) winning it all, Cascia Hall (29) picking up silver and Deer Creek (5) finishing 10th.
Antler Noah Hill placed fourth in No. 2 singles.