2021 WO Tennis

Our world has not completely returned to normal, but we are thankful that seasons and school and functions have not been cancelled entirely, just altered a bit. Masks are still required in most places, COVID still remains, restrictions are still present and social distancing is still requested. Millions of vaccines have been given and people aren’t quite as fearful.

White Oak Tennis has been successful even with our layoff of almost a year. No tournaments have been cancelled and we’ve had no quarantines or sickness. We consider ourselves blessed for the opportunities to play a sport we love!

2020 WO Tennis

This year, 2020, the year of COVID, quarantine, masks, unfinished athletic seasons, incomplete school, cancelled proms and graduations, social distancing, separated families and loved ones, postponed vacations, sadness and fear, was the craziest and most chaotic of my lifetime. Our tennis season began as usual in January, but abruptly ended three tournaments in, the first of March. The world as we knew it came to a screeching halt!  We were told to stay home, wear masks, don’t visit anyone, wash your hands, ration your toilet paper, never touch or hug and keep a 10 foot space or wall between you and the people you love!  It seemed you were living a nightmare, and watching the news was like sitting through a horror movie. Being the optimist, I figured this terrible dream would only last a few weeks. Unfortunately, as of this post, it’s been an entire year and our world has not recuperated and returned to normal.

Medalists at the Mt. Pleasant Tourney

John Langley BS

Jacob Gibbs/Sammy Garcia BD

Reese Saccoccio GS

Makayla Clendening/Ryan Banks MD

Natalie Reed/Mattie Simpson GD

Mackenzie Goode/Brian Smith MD

Reaghan Baugh/Lizzy Bueno GD


February 29 was our last tournament of 2020. We hosted the Region 6 TTCA 3A and Under TEAM Tournament in the Longview area.  Unfortunately, we placed third to Kirbyville and Martins Mill respectively, and did not advance to state.

 

2019 WO Tennis

2019 was a very successful tennis season!

In TEAM Tennis we finished second at the Region 6 TTCA 3A and Under Tournament and qualified for the state team tennis tournament held in San Antonio where we lost to Mason, Whitesboro, and Knippa and defeated Sonora.

This was the 12th consecutive year that the boys and girls have BOTH won their district championships!

We had 9 Regional qualifiers.

James Langley

Nathan Wood

Jesse Gaut

Baird McDaniel

Ashlee Wyatt

Macy Weeks

Paulina Saviron

Mattie Simpson

John Langley 

MD qualify for State!!!

WO had two state qualifiers, Sr. mixed doubles, Ashlee Wyatt and Baird McDaniel, who placed second at the regional tourney held at TJC.

2018 Tennis

District Champs-Boys & Girls

11 Regional Qualifiers

State TEAM Tournament Round Rock, Texas

Longview Tourney Medalists

Regional Qualifiers Connor McFarland & Kyla Weeks

RQ-Mixed Doubles Kaitlyn Reed & Nathan Wood

Boys Singles RQ Eric Hood

RQ Baird McDaniel & Eric Hood

WO Tennis Boys & Girls District Champs

  2018 District Champions

State 2017

2017 UIL State Tennis Tournament Collin Goode (SQ), Conner Weeks, Coach Cloud and Coach Simmons

Collin, warming up for first match.

Conner hitting with Collin before match.

Goode form!

Coach Dione Simmons, Collin Goode and Conner Weeks

Boys Singles State Qualifier 2017 Collin “It’s all Goode!” with Coaches Tammy Cloud & Dione Simmons

State UIL Tennis at Texas A&M



5 STATE BOUND!!!

Regional Champs for the second consecutive year, the girls doubles team of Cayman Sutton and Niki Barham will try to bring home the gold on trip number two to the state tournament in College Station at Texas A&M on May 16-17.  Bronze medalists in 2015, seniors Niki and Cayman will have one last shot at the state championship.

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nikiSenior, Nick McFarland will make his first trip to state in boys singles after narrowly missing last year playing doubles.  He had a hard fought battle in the semi final match after suffering a shoulder injury and leg cramps.  Nick was determined to give it all he had, pain or no pain, and ended up making it to the finals where he finished second.

nickLandry Sheridan will be making his second appearance at the state tourney.  In 2014, as a sophomore, he and his mixed doubles partner lost in the first round to the eventual state champs.  His boys doubles partner, Dax Davis, will be playing for the first time at the state tennis tourney.  These two seniors have one final goal as high school athletes…bring home gold.

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