By Mike Tupa
Bartlesville High School’s boys’ tennis team sliced out a share of promising success during this weekend’s Class 6A state tournament in Oklahoma City.
At No. 1 singles, Bruin veteran Alex Le finished 1-2 to finish just a win away from the consolation finals.
Le had to followed a brutal path to his state destiny — being matched up in the opening round against the state’s No. 1 seed Graydon Lair (Jenks).
Lair beat Le, 6-1, 6-0. But, Le snapped back to eliminated Sapulpa’s Jared Reisen, 7-6, 6-1.
However, Tulsa Union’s Nathan Schmidt put Le out of the tourney, 6-2, 6-1.
Schmidt went on to play for the consolation championship.
The same fate unfolded for Bruin No. 2 singles stalwart Andrew Day. After losing to Norman’s Zech Heisey, 6-4, 6-2, in the opening round, Day went up against Broken Arrow’s Derian Mastin.
Day outlasted Mastin, 6-4, 6-2. But, in the consolation quarterfinals, Deer Creek’s Cooper Thomas squeezed past Day, 6-2, 7-5.
Bartlesville’s No. 2 doubles team of Luke Epperson and Jesse James finished 0-2.
The Bruin twosome lost barely to an Edmond Santa Fe pair, 4-6, 6-7. In the opening round of consolations, a Muskogee duo downed Epperson and James, 6-2, 6-3.
Bartlesville also finished 0-2 in the No. 1 doubles division.
Dax Butler and Evan Wingate fell in the first round to Edmond Memorial, 1-6, 0-6, and then lost to a Edmond Santa Fe combo, in a close battle, 4-6, 4-6.
Bryan Reese coached the Bruins during a campaign of growing pains.
Of the 12 players in the varsity girls and varsity boys groups, eight qualified for state.