Brian Johnson Special Correspondent
The Ada News
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.
The OSSCA All-State games are scheduled for Saturday, June 14, at the University of Oklahoma Softball Complex in Norman. The small schools (Classes A and 2A) will play at 11 a.m, the middle schools (Classes 3A and 4A) will play at 1 p.m. and the large schools (Classes 5A and 6A) will play at 3 p.m.
Wauahdooah hit .496 and had a 28-8 pitching record while Milburn batted .424 in helping lead the Lady Indians into the Class A state tournament.
“Tristan and Sarah have each contributed so much to our program. They are both very deserving of this honor and it’s a great way to end their high school careers,” said Asher head coach Tari Dubler.
Trimmer hit .673 with 11 homers, 11 triples, 18 doubles and 64 runs batted in.
“Lauren is very deserving of the all-star honors that she has received this year (fast and slow pitch All-State). She put up good numbers this spring on top of making a name for herself over the last three years.” Said Roff head coach Blake Crawford. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to have coached her this year.”
Scott batted .642 with 10 homers, three triples, 12 doubles and 29 runs batted in while hitting cleanup for the 20-13 Lady Panthers, who qualified for the Class 4A state tournament.
“Jordyn is a great kid, who worked hard and deserves the award. We’re going to miss her,” said Latta head coach Jim Foster. “She did a great job all year long and was a great leader.”
Latta’s Anna Wood was one of eight players statewide to make the list of OSSCA Academic All-Staters.
The OCA All-State baseball teams are expected to be released soon.