ADA — Five area tennis players were recognized as the Oklahoma Coaches Association released its All-State tennis teams earlier this week.
Three female tennis players — Ada High School’s Meneé Thomsen and Haley Dean, along with Byng’s Kaitlyn Atkeson — were named to the East Girls’ All-State team while two male players — Byng’s Neil Jorgensen and Ada’s Zack Whelchel — were selected to the East Boys’ All-State squad.
Thomsen, along with Lady Cougar teammate Mikala Whelchel, were crowned the Class 4A state champion No. 2 Doubles’ team a few weeks ago. The Thomsen-Mikala Whelchel tandem registered a perfect 4-0 record at the state tournament on their way to the title and fueled the Ada effort to a team state championship.
Dean was the Class 4A No. 2 Singles runner-up after earning a 3-1 record at the state tourney in helping the Lady Cougar cause for a state title.
Atkeson was half of Byng’s Class 4A state runner-up duo at No. 1 Doubles. She paired up with Lanie McGaha to post a 3-1 record at state.
On the boys’ side, Neil Jorgensen teamed up with his twin brother Kai Jorgensen to go 24-11 for the season while making a perfect 4-0 run at No. 1 Doubles in the state tournament. That effort helped spark the Pirates to their first-ever state team championship.
Zack Whelchel finished sixth at No. 1 Doubles in the state tournament after he posted a 3-2 record in the event. His effort helped lead the Cougars to the state runner-up finish.
Four area slow pitch softball
Players nab All-State honors
ADA — Four area softball players were on the list of All-Staters released by the Oklahoma Slow-Pitch Softball Coaches Association last week.
Asher High School’s Sarah Wauahdooah and Tristan Milburn joined Roff’s Lauren Trimmer on the Small East All-State Slow Pitch Softball roster.
Latta’s Jordyn Scott was named to the Middle East All-State Slow Pitch Team.