By Chuck Reherman
OKLAHOMA CITY – It has been a “magical” season for Yukon’s Miller tennis team.
The Millers won a school record six tournaments and also became the first team to win a regional title.
The one thing the Millers would have liked to have had a top four finish.
The Millers had both their singles events place and took seventh overall on the class 6A State Tennis Championships this past weekend at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The Millers qualified all four events to start after having two regional champions and two runner-ups earlier in the week and had three of their four events win a first round match at state, setting them up for a shot to have a strong finish.
“I knew going into this season that this team was going to be the best one I have ever had coaching at both Putnam City and Yukon,” Miller head coach Barney Moon said. “This team went beyond my expectations of winning tournament titles and to cap it off by winning a regional title just made this year special.
We knew going into the state tournament that all our guys would face a lot of challenges,” he said. “There are just so many good players in every division that you have to be at your best every point. I felt our guys played well the whole tournament and I am not disappointed in any way because it is just so hard to get to state.”
Nate Moore, who was the first No. 1 singles player to win a regional title since his brother Seth accomplished the feat i 2013, was seeded No. 4 entering the tournament and won his first two matches to advance to the second day and into the semifinals.
In the semifinals, he faced No. 1 seed Brett Keeling of Jenks. Keeling, who went on to win the state title, took control in the first set winning 6-1. Moore tied the second set 1-1, but lost four straight before winning another game. Keeling went on to win the set 6-2 and the match.
That dropped Moore to the third place match against No. 3 seed Reid Rainwater of Edmond North. The two had met on the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Tournament with Rainwater taking that win.
The first set was close as Moore tied 3-3, but had his serve broken and Rainwater went on to win 6-4. Rainwater then won the second set 6-2 to win the third place medal and Moore finished fourth.
Moore had opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Evan Ivester of Edmond Deer Creek.
In the quarterfinal round, Moore faced Logan Lemley, who had beat in the regional finals. Moore won again eliminating Lemley by a 6-3, 6-2 score.
Kent Roberts placed sixth at No. 2 singles, losing to Jack Heyman of Edmond Memorial in the fifth place match, 6-3, 6-2. Heyman had beaten Roberts in the regional final.
Roberts had beaten Vaibav Aggarwal of Bishop Kelley in the opening round, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0.
Roberts lost in the second round to Mario Pacilio of Tulsa Union 6-1, 6-2 to slip into the consolation round. He bounced back to beat Jackson Hankins of Edmond Santa Fe 6-2, 6-1 to reach the fifth place match.
In the No. 1 doubles division, the team of Jackson Wolf and Caleb Crawford was eliminated in the consolation quarterfinals by the team from Edmond Memorial 6-4, 6-3. The Yukon pair had beaten the Memorial team for the regional title.
The Miller pair opened the tournament by beating the Muskogee team 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. The pair lost in the second round to Bishop Kelley 6-3, 6-1.
The No. 2 doubles team of Aleki English and Greyson Horst went 0-2. The team lost 6-0, 6-1 to Union and 6-3, 6-4 to Owasso.