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May 14, 2013

Ada wins tennis state title

Cougars claim 10th crown; Byng Pirates settle for second in Class 4A

Oklahoma City —

The Ada Cougars, behind two state doubles championships, cruised to its second straight Class 4A state tennis crown Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

 Ada scored 29 points while Byng and Riverfield Academy, of Tulsa, tied for second place with 20.

It was the 10th boys state crown for the Cougars, and it marked the first time since 1980 and 1981 that they captured back-to-back state titles. Ada also has six girls state championships.

For Ada, the No. 1 Doubles team of Andrew Leach and Josh Ellis, both seniors, closed out their careers with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Hayden Black and Jacob Day from Henryetta. The victory capped off a perfect 4-0 run for the Leach-Ellis tandem, which finished the season at 22-7.

The Cougars’ No. 2 Doubles combination of Zack Whelchel and Charlie Hansen won their title match in three sets over Sam Albert-Jeremy Atkinson from Elk City by a 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 count. Whelchel and Hansen were also 4-0 for the tournament and improved to 19-6 for the year.

In singles play, the Cougars’ only other senior, John Stout, took third place at the No. 1 spot while Jamie Earle settled for fourth place at No. 2. Stout went 3-1 for the tournament and won his final match by injury default over Mount Saint Mary athlete Blake Crawford. Earle dropped a tough three-set decision in the third-place match to Tyler Dang of Classen to go 2-2 for the tournament.

Stout finished the season with a 12-10 overall record, and Earle went 21-12 for the year.

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