When the going gets tough, the Duncan tennis teams get going.
In its latest success against some of the top competition in the state at the Ada Tournament, the Lady Demons seized the moment with a second place finish while the Demons took tenth place.
“It was a really solid effort,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “When you look at the teams we’re playing, everyone was really good.”
Once again pitted against the likes of Class 6A foes Jenks, Edmond North and Edmond Memorial, the Duncan girls were not to be intimidated, taking second behind Enid.
Brittany Toone kicked things off with a positive start in No. 1 singles, taking two of her first three matches to set up a rematch from previous tournaments in the third place game. Toone ran into Ada’s Margo Martin for the third time this year, and avenged an earlier loss this season to Martin with a 6-1, 6-2 win to take third.
Not to be outdone in No. 2 singles, Alex Bowers also won two out of three matches en route to a challenging third place match. Bowers took on Jacey Smith, the defending Class 6A state champion and a player Bowers had lost to in her last outing, and showed no fear in a 6-1, 6-1 win to secure third place.
In doubles play, the duo of Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Hendricks continued their strong season, taking two of three matches to finish in fourth place.
Carly Kirland and Marissa Moore continued the winning trend, taking all of their matches until a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Enid’s Blasi/Ruding squad in the finals.
“Now we’re really starting to step up,” Barnes said. “We hadn’t beaten Edmond North or Jenks all year, so this was a big step.”
Coach Barnes called Ada arguably the toughest tournament of the season, and Saturday proved why.
The Demons finished behind first place Jenks (67 points), runner up Edmond North (52 points) and Edmond Memorial (48 points), placing 10th with 23 points.
Ryan Robinson played his best tennis of the season in No.1 singles, overcoming a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Durant’s Cameron Stuphler with three straight wins. After winning his final match, a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 defeat of Neil Jorgenson, Robinson finished ninth.
Allen Hruby took the helm for Duncan in No. 2 singles, bouncing back from two early losses by taking his final two matches en route to a 13th place finish.
Andre Vuong and Brant Davis were also on the comeback trail in No.1 doubles play, winning two straight matches after dropping their opener to Memorial’s Gillespie/Santana team 6-1, 6-1. The team forefited its final match when Vuong fell under the weather at placed 10th.
Sam Allen and Sam Moffatt also took two matches in No. 2 doubles, placing ninth.
“I always say, if you want to be good then these are the type of teams you have to face,” Barnes said. “I thought we competed and played extremely well against some tough competition.”
The teams will return to action Friday when it hosts the SOI Tournament Friday. The competition will precede a ribbon cutting cermony at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Duncan tennis courts to officially christen the complex’s four new courts and renovations.
When the going gets tough, the Duncan tennis teams get going.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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