OKLAHOMA CITY —
The Timberwolves got a big performance from freshman Preston Jenkins and senior Donny Grider. They took runner-up in No. 2 doubles.
“Preston is a pretty outstanding player for just being a freshman,” North coach Phill Corbett said. “We got three freshmen out there this year with a lot of potential and he’s one. Usually he plays with another freshman, but I played him with a senior today just because he’s a little more consistent.”
On the girls’ side, Edmond held off the Timberwolves 26-21 to win the conference crown. Norman took third with 21 points.
Southmoore’s Jordan Henry continued her dominance through the season as she claimed the No. 1 singles title when she beat North’s Nina Jabrzemski 6-1, 6-2.
The Tigers’ No. 1 doubles duo of Grace Anthony and Gabby Schreiner were the only other area team to win. Once again, they had to go through an Edmond squad to get the title.
“No. 1 doubles exceeded my expectations,” Stout said. “They got the one seed, but Edmond Memorial was still in their path. They overcame them 7-5 in the third set. It was a great win. They are more than just a great doubles team. They are really good friends and they get along great on the court. They are always smiling, nothing gets them down. That kind of tends to deflate the competition on the court and I think that helped them in the championship game.”
Even though this is the last year of the Mid-State Conference, Edmond will still be waiting for area schools when they move to the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference next season. Stout hopes his players will take a lesson from Gillett, Anthony and Schreiner on the attitude it takes to get past the Bulldogs.
“You just kind of have to start building your own (reputation) and get your own confidence going, and that’s one way to do it. We just need to do it with some of our other players now.”
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