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!
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 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.
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.
Niki Barham and Cayman Sutton won silver medals by placing second at State in the finals match versus Senora.
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.
Senior, 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.
Landry 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.