The Shawnee Wolves tennis team played host to a 16-team tournament and came away with a third-place finish on Saturday.


The Shawnee Wolves tennis team played host to a 16-team tournament and came away with a third-place finish on Saturday.
Both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams grabbed runner-up finishes to lead Shawnee. The two teams that finished ahead of the Wolfpack are Class 5A schools, while the SHS tennis team plays in Class 4A. Norman North took home the title with Putnam City North finishing in the second spot.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Chris Copeland and Eric Haley made it to the championship match only to fall to Norman North’s Boyd-Johnson. The Norman pair won 6-1 6-2 in the title match. Shawnee defeated Skiatook, Byng and Durant on the way to the match with Norman North.
Nick Copleand and Kenton McGalliard met the same fate as they won three straight matches to meet up with Norman North in the finals. Once again, the Timberwolves got the better of things, but had to do so in three sets. Copeland and McGalliard took the first set then dropped the next two, 1-6 and 3-6.
The duo defeated Edmond Memorial, Ada and Durant in the first three rounds of the tournament.
“Our doubles played very solid,” said SHS head coach Terry Woodward. “We had great wins against Durant, which will probably have the No. 2 seed at regionals. Both of our doubles teams should be top seeds.”
Travis Young, who plays in the No. 1 singles slot, finished in eighth place. He went 1-3 on the day. He defeated Nathan Ragland in his first match, 6-5 6-4, then dropped three straight to Skiatook, Seminole and Ada.
In the No. 2 singles spot, Lane Howard went 2-2 on the day and took home seventh place. He started the day with a three-set win over Luke Glazner of Ardmore. Howard then dropped two matches in a row before beating Cort Visnieski of Harrah.
“It was a good day for play, we didn’t have to worry about the weather and had good crowds,” said Woodward. “I expect Travis will be seeded fourth and Lane anywhere from second to fourth at the eight-team regional in McAlester.”
The Lady Wolves will play in regional action Monday in McAlester. The Wolves’ next action will be at P.C. North on Tuesday to complete a rain-out from April 2.
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Note: Report compiled by Keven Scrutchins.