MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 12, 2013

Muskogee tennis senior battles to the end


Phoenix Staff Reports

— OKLAHOMA CITY — Shan Bradley of Muskogee went out a winner to take fifth place in the Class 6A state tennis tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center on Saturday.

Bradley, the son of MHS coach Rusty Bradley, defeated Jacob Santana of Edmond Memorial 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) in the No. 2 singles division match.

The elder Bradley was proud of his son’s achievement.

“As a coach and a father, I was deeply impressed with Shan’s performance,” Rusty said. “He had just played a three-setter and lost the first set in that one before coming back to win. He just never gave up.”

In earlier matches, the younger Bradley beat Choctaw’s Bailey Betz 6-3, 6-1 and Oklahoma City Bishop McGuiness’  Jay Fletcher 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Bradley came into the tournament seeded eighth.

Meanwhile, Connor Finerty was trailing Bishop McGuiness’ Riley Hale 6-4, 5-2 when he retired. Finerty, seeded third, beat Stillwater’s Noah Smith 6-0, 6-0 and then beat Joseph Davenport of Edmond Santa Fe 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the fifth-place match in No. 1 singles.

The Muskogee duo of Stephen Crank and Ryan Pearce lost 6-3, 6-2 to Norman North’s Josh Marrs and Matt Carter in the No. 1 doubles consolation quarterfinals.

“Stephen and Ryan gave them a good match,” the coach said. “They made Norman North beat them. They just couldn’t take control.”

Other area players lost in the consolation quarterfinals.

In Class 5A action, Tahlequah’s Connor Nelson lost 6-1, 6-0 to Tulsa Washington’s Micah Cash at No. 1 singles, while the Tigers’ No.1 doubles team of Lars Gris and Hunter Manes fell 6-2, 6-1 to Heritage Halls’ Oakes Arceneaux and J.T. Zerby.

In Class 4A, Wagoner’s Chris Lindsay to Crossing Christian’s Lucas Meachem 6-4, 6-2. Lindsay was the first Wagoner boy in school history to reach the state tournament.