River Tate

River Tate stands with his first place trophy afrer winning first place in the Boys’ 12 competition at the Duncan First Bank Summer Challenger this past weekend.

Six Duncan players had first or second place finishes in the Duncan First Bank Summer Challenger held this past Saturday at Duncan High School.

In the Girls’ 16 singles competition, Alexis Giles placed first by beating Duncan’s Alyssa Mitchell 6-2, 6-0 for one of the top finishes in the bracket.

The other top finish came from River Tate in the Boys’ 12 singles as he scored a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Jones Willeford in the tournament.

Mitchell, who placed second in the Girls’ 16 singles competition, won against Emma Moore in the semi-finals 6-4, 6-0 and had a bye in the first round before placing second in the competition.

Carson Hughes finished second in the Boys’ 14 singles competition losing to Alex Peterson 7-5, 6-1 but winning his semifinals match by the same score of 7-5, 6-1 and had a bye in the quarterfinals.

Jacob Kuehn got second in the Boys’ 16 singles tournament winning his semi-finals match 6-2, 6-0 before Gavin Clark won in the finals to take home the title.

Willeford finished second in the Boys’ 12 singles by winning his semi-finals matchup against No. 1 seed Dylan Calderwood 6-3, 6-1 and he won his quarterfinals match against Brilen Davis 6-3, 6-0.

Other Duncan tennis players who competed in the competition were Nicholas Johnson, Lincoln Fitts and Taylor Rains who played round robin style in the 18 singles match.

Johnson beat both Fitts and Rains while Rains beat Fitts to finish up the tournament at Duncan High School.

Tournament director and Duncan High School coach Phil Barnes said he was proud of the way the kids competed even through the summer heatwave that spread through the whole state.

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