By Chuck Reherman
It has been a season of firsts for Yukon’s Miller tennis team.
And YHS will be looking for one more this weekend.
The Millers won it’s first ever regional team title on Monday in the Region II tennis tournament at the YHS Tennis Facility.
YHS won two individual regional titles and two runner-ups to win the title with 32 points. YHS did share the spotlight with Edmond Memorial, who also won two regional titles and two runner-ups to finished with 32 points. Deer Creek finished third with 19 points.
“I have been waiting 21 years for this,” Miller head tennis coach Barney Moon said of the regional title. “We were hoping for one more regional title that would have given us the title outright. But hey, we still won a regional title and I am really excited about that.
“Our kids played great today” Moon said. “Nate (Moore) played out of his mind at No. 1 singles. He had faced that Memorial kid once this year and lost and he was spot on with his serve and his whole game. Our No. 1 doubles (Jackson Wolf and Caleb Crawford) played their best match they have ever played in the finals. They had Memorial down 5-0 in the first set and went on and won handily.
“I can’t wait to see what we can do in the state tournament this weekend. I am as excited for the state tournament as much as I ever have been.”
The 6A State Tennis Championships get underway Friday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. The tournament concludes on Saturday.
Moore became the first regional titlist since 2013. His older brother Seth won the regional that year and went on to first third at state. Nate is looking to follow in his brother’s footsteps, but looks to finish higher at state.
Moore came in as the No. 2 seed, but knocked off the top seed, Edmond Memorial’s Logan Lemley, 6-1, 6-0. Moore had lost to Lemley in the COAC Tournament, but came out strong to take a 5-0 lead. He served a sixth win, the contolled the second set, winning 6-0.
He cruised past Bailey Swan of Midwest City 6-0, 6-0 in the first match and beat Deer Creek’s Evan Ivester 6-0, 6-2 to reach the finals.
The No. 1 doubles team of Jackson Wolf and Caleb Crawford won their first regional title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over the team from Edmond Memorial.
The Miller pair jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set, then held off a comeback bid by Edmond Memorial to win 6-2. Wolf and Crawford took control in the second set and posted a 6-1 win.
The Yukon team did have the No. 1 seed going in and won their first set 6-0, 6-1 over Moore. The pair then beat Deer Creek 6-4, 6-2 to reach the finals.
Kent Roberts took second at No 2 singles, losing to Jack Heyman of Memorial 6-2, 6-2. Roberts lost to Heyman in the COAC Tournament and in one other tournament.
Roberts, the No. 2 seed, beat Khalil Reed 6-1, 6-1 in the opening set and beat Jackson Gwartney of Deer Creek 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals.
The No. 2 doubles team of Aleki English and Greyson Horst took the runner-up title after losing to Edmond Memorial 6-2, 6-2 in the finals.
English and Horst, the No. 2 seed, opened the tournament with a 6-0, 60 win over Midwest City. The pair beat Deer Creek 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals to advance to the finals.