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May 20, 2013

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Tennis:

Shan Bradley, Muskogee

Resiliency would be a theme throughout Shan Bradley’s senior season at Muskogee High School.

Eligibility issues forced him to play doubles in several tournaments, limiting his game at No. 2 singles to four of 12 tournaments this spring. Yet he and Stephen Crank won a pair of tournaments doing that, taking first in Norman and again at Broken Arrow.

Going 21-7 in singles, Bradley wound up fifth place in No. 2 singles at the 6A state tournament,  battling cramps most of the day.

“I’d played a three-setter before my last match and ate some bananas and it eased up but by the end of that last match I was in knots,” he said. “I knew it was my last high school match and I wanted to fight through it.”

Down 6-3 in the fifth-set tiebreaker, Bradley beat Jacob Santana of Edmond Memorial 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8).

“I’ve never been more proud of a player or my son,” said Rusty Bradley, Muskogee’s boys team coach. “He played through a lot of hurt.”

The pair will visit Cowley (Kan.) Community College next week to see if that’s the next chapter in the son’s life.

“He’s had a great career here,” the elder Bradley said. “It’s definitely the end of a chapter for the two of us.”

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